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Old 10-15-2005, 06:12 AM   #1
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Smith & Wesson 617

I've always wanted one of those in a 10 shooter wonder how many thousands of rounds you could put through one of those big L frames
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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Very nice.



I'm in the market right now for a 10-shot S&W 617 with a 4" barrel that I'd like for simple range fun and plinking. The cheapest price I have seen them for locally is $515 plus tax. I've been keeping an eye on gunbroker, but with shipping charges and having to purchase *sight unseen*, I'll probably buy locally.



Can you comment on accuracy when compared to other common .22lr handguns, i.e., Ruger Single Six, Ruger MKII, etc. @ 25 yds?
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Old 10-19-2005, 05:40 PM   #3
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Very nice 617. I have wanted the 6" barrel version for about a year now. I saw a 10 shot 6" barrel NIB at a Ft. Lauderdale gun show for $479 + tax. If it's at the next show I may not be able to resist Thor, nice grips. I know the 617 comes standard with rubber. Where did you get those?
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Old 10-23-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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Does anyone have any thoughts / experience with the 617 6" barrel vs. the 4" barrel?
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Old 11-02-2005, 07:48 PM   #5
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Just as a follow-up, I purchased this 10-shot S&W 617 w/ 4" barrel last week. This configuration was the right choice for me. This is certainly a high quality .22lr revolver suitable for hunting, plinking and/or target shooting.



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Old 11-02-2005, 08:46 PM   #6
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I picked up a 617-2 (10 shot) with the 6" for $402 (included tax!) last spring. It had been used VERY little... I haven't had time to correct that very much.



I thought it was a K frame, not an L frame... and then I actually look and it's an L but the grip is sooo similar to the K that it's still a great companion to my Model 15!



Tim



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Old 11-04-2005, 04:14 PM   #7
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Smith & Wesson 617

I have a 617 4 inch 10 shot, last run with out the lock. The hammer has a spot for the lock but the frame is not made for it. The 617 is made on the K frame. The new models with the lock have more steel between the cylinder latch and the hammer to make room for the lock. Takes away some of the curve of the frame. It is a great gun. I have shot over 12,000 rounds in this gun and it looks brand new. I also have a 617 with the 8 inch barrel. This gun I have a scope on and it is very accurate out to 50 yards. I have hit bottle caps at that range and not put a hole in them, not much power at that range. The scoped gun is great fun to shoot clay birds at 75 yards from the bench. Can not go wrong with these. I do prefer the 4 inch. However I do shoot it better than the 6 inch. Personal preference not fact.
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Old 11-04-2005, 05:43 PM   #8
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Billster,

I owned a 6" 617 a while back. The barrel heaviness of that gun never felt "right" to me. The 4" version is more fun to shoot in my opinion.



I'm a fan of the older 6" K-22.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:15 PM   #9
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Zoridog-



I know exactly what you mean. I had my mind made up on the 6" barrel but when I held it I wasn't happy with the "feel". I think I'll try the 4" to compare. My original thought was that the 6" would be more accurate for target shooting.
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Old 12-18-2005, 04:28 PM   #10
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I took the plunge and bought a 617 6" at a gun show yesterday. I took it to the range today and had lots of fun with it. Very, very accurate out of the box.



Any tips on how to clean it in a 1,000 rounds or so would be appreacted. This is my first revolver. I think I will be looking for a scope for it at the next show.



Thanks in advance.



Bill
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