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?
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.
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.
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.