S&W MODEL 617 22LR 10 shot ACCURACY

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  1. SHAD

    SHAD New Member

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    I have heard that the S&W model 617 22LR revolver in the 10 shot model does not shoot as well as the 6 shot models do. I have owned both and am not sure. I have heard about accuracy questions on the 10 shot cylinder from several sources. What have any of you heard about them, and has S&W addressed the issue. I heard that they were aware of it.
  2. Tony Mig

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    Well Shad, I'm planning on getting myself one of the 6", 6 shot model 617's in the next week or two. I dry fired one of the 10 shot models, and I didn't like the feel of it in double action. The trigger pull on the 6 shot model feels more like the triggers on my two 686's.
    I shoot inter club bullseye matches, and I recently replaced my 6" GP-100 with a 6" S&W 686, and I'm getting the 6" 617 for the .22 stages of these matches. I'll also be using it for our club's Dot shoots, so I do hope the accuracy of the 6 shot models aren't in question.

    Actually, I can't imagine what effect the number of chambers in the cylinder would have on accuracy, unless they had a batch of the 10 round cylinders that weren't machined right, or they are having timing and alignment problems with them, beyond that I assume the barrels are the same.
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    My only guess would be that somehow, in order to make all 10 rounds cram in there, something in the cylinder or barrel was sacrificed a little to make things go smoothly.
    But I doubt it.

    I have the 6-shot model, the DA is as smooth as anything I can imagine, and of course SA is beautiful.

    I'd guess the barrel and frame to be the same, and just tweaked internals to account for the lesser cylinder rotation.

    My 6-shot shoots 100 times better than I do, and any difference there MAY be would probably only show up in a gun vise anyhow.

    _z
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    z537z.....what ammo does your 617 like the best......?
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    I haven't really noticed much difference in accuracy as I have yet to rest the pistol, or scope it for any target shooting.

    What I have noticed is a habit for excess powder to clog my cylinder pretty quickly. So I try to use clean rounds. My report on that front:

    TERRIBLE:
    Anything made by Remington.
    Most Winchester
    OK:
    Winchester Dynapoint
    Federal Bulk (550 or 525 packs of loose stuff)
    GREAT:
    Federal Classic, seen here:
    http://www.gamaliel.com/cart/catalog/product_187_Federal_Federal_Classic_22_Long_Rifle_40_gr.html

    Accurate, clean, reliable. Really nice stuff, not bad for 2$ a box. Only super stuff I've yet to try out.

    _z
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    I'll have to give that Federal Classic a try. Years ago I used Federal standard velocity (red box) in my Single six, and I could hit a fly at 50 feet with that stuff, never any FTF's, and fairly clean stuff too.....

    Thanks.....


    Tony
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