S & W .22

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by 22dave, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. 22dave

    22dave New Member

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    Does anybody have the S & W Model 617? I borrowed one at the range and it was well made and soots nice. I am thinking of buying one but they are north of $800.

    Any comments?
  2. mark_baron

    mark_baron New Member

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    I have a S & W Model 63. It is sweet enough for me and unless you need the ten round version of the S & W Model 617, it is a little heavy for a 22. After being discontinued for several years the 63 was re-introduced by S&W in 2007 (I think). Now if it was a 22 magnum, that would be nice.
  3. jhpsr

    jhpsr New Member

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    My 617 is at least as mechanically accurate as my early
    model 63 Smith. The 617 is more difficult to accurately shoot
    under practical conditions due to its extremely light weight.
    Neither one is going anywhere.
  4. Tom

    Tom Member

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    I have a 1958 vintage 6" Model 17, a 6" 6 shot 617, a 4" 10 shot 617 and a 5" 8 shot 63. All are nice and each has a place in my arsenal. I prefer the balance of the 6" 17 and 4" 617. The weight of the 63 is 30 oz. and it makes it nice to carry. It also shoots surprisingly well for such a light gun. They all shoot well.
  5. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Active Member

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    I have a 617 (6") six-shot and it is a sweet-shooting revolver. I agree that it is heavy for a .22. I blame the underbarrel lug. I wouldn't mind trading my 6" for a 4" version of the same gun.

    I also own an older Model 17 6" and a Model 18 4". Of the three K-frame guns I like the Model 18 the best.

    $800 !!!! Not me. Mine was $400 used, three years ago - and I thought that was a lot for a .22 revolver.
  6. fyimo

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    I have two earlier S&W 22LR revolvers with one being a K22 pre Model 17 with 6 inch barrel in 95% condition that I paid $500 for. The second one is a Model 17-4 with 8 3/8 inch barrel and was as new unfired and I paid $550 for it. I would think that is a better way to go for the cost and to me these guns were better made back then. I bought both of these in the past 7 months. I did replace the stock grips with S&W combats though. :)

    Model k22 pre Model 17
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    Model 17-4
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  7. raveneap

    raveneap New Member

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    I've got a 617 on order. Think it shipped to my lgs today. Hate the wait. :)

    ** False alarm --- still waiting
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