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    S&W 617. 22lr revolver info

    thinking of getting an S&W 617. Beautiful looking gun.
    Looking for feedback from anyone who has one or has used one.
    I have seen very good and very bad reviews.
    4 in vs. 6 in?
    Any help appreciated.
    Give peace a chance, I'll cover you in case that doesn't work out.

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    #2
    I have the 4in model, bought it as a companion to my 686. Its a tack driver but the trigger on mine was initially horrible. It has gotten better with time and use but its no where near as nice as my 686. I also dry fired the snot out of it too(used snap caps). I don't think you can go wrong

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      #3
      I have a 6" with the 10 shot cylinder.

      I like it quite a bit.

      I have shot older ones and felt they were smoother. That being said it's a great revolver.

      When I measured trigger pull double action it was 11 lbs, and not as smooth as my old colt trooper.

      single action came in at 3 lbs 12 oz.
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        #4
        I’ve seen in some videos that it is iffy with some types of ammo. Cylinder lockup. Trigger lockup. Looked like bulged cases. Anything to it?
        Give peace a chance, I'll cover you in case that doesn't work out.

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          #5
          I have both 4" & 6" prefer the 4", both can out shoot my eyes, speed beez.con has speed loaders etc. Buy either one you'll be happy.
          stay alive, carry a 45

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            #6
            I have the 4 inch version as well. One of my favorites in my modest collection. Fantastic gun just when using bulk ammo she will get dirty fast! Then cases will get stuck! Not a deal breaker just something to keep an eye on. Best part is its not finicky with ammo shoots everythjng!

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              #7
              I have a 4” 617. I love it. I’ve never had any problems with it. I recommend the 4” over the 6” but you can’t go wrong with either.

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                #8
                I have the 4" barrel version. Love it, shoots anything but I don' have as many rounds through as most others. Maybe a few or four trips to the range. And I mostly use CCI.

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                  #9
                  I'm gonna have to dig mine out now...

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                    #10
                    I had the 4" version. I had a problem with casings getting stuck fairly quickly.
                    After about 20 or 30 rounds the spent casings had trouble ejecting, and the new casings required extra effort to load. It's a common enough problem to merit discussion on the Smith & Wesson forums. Some suggested using sandpaper on a rotary tool to the inside of the cylinders. I decided to trade mine in.

                    With that said, it was a fun gun to shoot, so if you like it and are prepared to deal with the fouling issue it might be right for you.

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                      #11
                      I have one. It was nightmare out of the box. Had to go back to Smith. Poor hammer strikes 5 out of 10 times, rounds stuck in cylinders etc. Came back better. They replaced hammer, springs, cylinder.

                      It’s fun to play with but that’s about it. I hope you have better experience than I did.
                      NRA Lifetime Member / NRA RSO & Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
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                        #12
                        Sorry, I know you asked about the S&W, but I will do what we often do here and kinda' "bend" the thread a bit - it might help someone else reading it and wanting a .22 revolver and not specifically a S&W.

                        Seems the 617 can be hit or miss, so for the money, have you considered a different company? I usually don't recommend 'lesser' gun companies, but for a .22 revolver plinker, I will. I have a 9-shot Taurus 94 and it's awesome for what it is. I bought it 15 years ago from a retiring co-worker and after a while, I had a problem with it indexing that I couldn't fix. I sent it back to Taurus and got it back pretty fast, fixed, no charge.

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                          #13
                          I've become interested in older S&Ws lately, picking up a Model 10 and a Model 15. I'd consider an excellent condition older model. About a year ago LI Ammo had a couple of beautiful 6" Model 17s.

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                            #14
                            10 years ago revolvers were supposedly on their way out and nice used smiths were cheap and plentiful ,now try finding a prelock anything and it becomes a bidding war at least on gunbroker. I'm looking for a used mdl 29 and everything is well north of 1k. You might be better off with something new. At least you have a warranty.

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