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Old 08-28-2021, 05:00 PM
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I've owned Model 17s before ( and bigger Smiths like the 629 and 629 Mountain Gun). But never shot or handled any J frame other than a Model 60 my brother owns.
I've always wanted a "Kit Gun". I got this Model 63 4 inch last weekend along with another dash three, a 6 inch 686.

I don't like rubber grips unless it is a hard kicker, and even then the right shape of grip (and grip frame) can have wood being comfortable to shoot.
The Pachmayr grips that came on the 63 look a bit too large on the J frame, I guess it would be nice if you had big hands.
At least the ones that came on the 686 were a nice shape, just not as attractive as wood. I took the Pachmayr rubber grips off of the 686 and now have some Hogue Cocobolo grips on it.

Initial range trip showed the 63 to shoot very high at 15 yards, like 6-7 inches.
Ammo used was Aguila Super Extra and Remington Golden.
And the back sight was already as low as it would go. It appears that the barrel is somewhat misaligned with frame.

The Brownell's catalog shows 4 different height rear sights for the K/L frames (.126" to .196"), but only one (.086" ) for the J frame.
I thought it worth the effort to try to file the rear sight notch in my blade deeper.
If I mess up, I can replace that .086 blade easy enough.
I filed about .015" off, tried it out today and it was putting Federal Automatch 2 inches high at 25 yards.
After I got back home I took a few more strokes into the rear notch and touched it up again with black marker. Should be close to being zeroed next time out.

I thought I'd try some Altamont grips for the 63, I'm getting the Super Rosewood checkered ones. They are nearly half the price of the Hogues.
They are bought through E-Bay so I can send them back without hassle if I don't like them.
And I've also got a left hand Bianchi 5BHL holster for the 4 inch 63/34 that will be here soon.

I had some fun shooting some golf balls at 15-20 yards double action with both guns. It's almost too easy with the 686 to send the golf balls sailing downrange, a bit harder with the light 63.
I was doing well with the 63 despite having to hold 2 inches low to hit.
Now that I've filed a bit more off into the sight notch, it should be close to zero when I go shoot again tomorrow.

It's for sure harder to shoot the J frame .22s than the 6 inch K frames my brother and I shot years ago. A challenge !

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Old 08-29-2021, 02:02 PM
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It's for sure harder to shoot the J frame .22s than the 6 inch K frames my brother and I shot years ago. ...

Definitely agree, especially in double action mode. I can do much much better in single action mode.
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:02 PM
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I also put rosewood finger groove grips on my 63. However, I went with the smooth version instead of the checkered ones since there's no recoil to worry with in a .22 revolver.

I can't count the number of times someone shot my 63 with the rosewood grips & fell in love with both them & the gun. Nice to know I cost other folks some $$$ instead of the other way around for a change. LOL!
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:21 PM
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I have two J-Frame .22's. The triggers are not as nice as my K-Frames, but they sure are handy in size.
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Old 08-30-2021, 05:48 PM
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My model 63 with the same style Hogue's as on your model 686. This Hogue grip style fits my hand very well. Your model 63 and 686 make a pretty good pair.




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Hogues, baby......

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Old 08-30-2021, 07:30 PM
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Hogues, baby......

Uhmmm, no thanks.
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Old 08-30-2021, 08:10 PM
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Deja vu all over again. Skunks around here are starting to think about winter. You can smell them in the mornings by where I work. There's a hay straw field across the road and there beginning to stake out culverts.

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Old 08-31-2021, 06:47 AM
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Deja vu all over again. Skunks around here are starting to think about winter. You can smell them in the mornings by where I work. There's a hay straw field across the road and there beginning to stake out culverts.

For surveying?
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Old 08-31-2021, 05:17 PM
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They may well be surveying. There skunks so like log trucks on logging roads they automatically get right of way. By the way your revolver needs a hammer nose and rivet.

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Old 09-05-2021, 03:18 PM
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S&W sent me a shipping label so I can send the 63 to them. They probably will replace the barrel, as when I talked to the guy on the phone he said it sounded like the frame and barrel are "misaligned".
Filing the rear sight notch deeper wasn't an ideal fix, as then I had to remember to hold the top of the front sight down from the top of the notch, instead of both even at the top like it should be.
So I'll ask them to replace the deepened rear sight blade with a new one while it's there.


I like Hogues on the K/L/N frames and was going to order some for the J frame 63 too.
But I had assumed Hogue scaled down the big grips for the J frame, looking at Huntsman's pic it looks like the same full size grip as used on the K/L frame size.

I thought the Altamonts I had ordered would arrive any day last week, as the grips I had ordered said they were "in stock".
I thought I'd give Altamont a call, and ask about the status of the order.
The guy said that all of their grip styles are already made up but are bare wood.
But none have any finish on them until an order is placed, then those grips have the finish applied.
And it would be 4 to 6 weeks before they'd be shipped out.
I asked him if he could just send me the dang grips and I would apply my own finish. He said he could not do that. 4 to 6 weeks to apply the finish ? Really ?
So I cancelled the order and got a refund on the Altamonts and am still looking for some grips.

The S&W Target grips made for the J frames look nice, proportioned nicely to the frame, and not all square and sharp on the bottom corners like the bigger S&W target grips. But they run from $100 smooth to $150 checkered on the used market.

I bought some Herretts Shooting Star checkered grips from a guy at a gun show that had a big plastic bin filled with second hand S&W grips and holsters.
About all he had that was for a J frame square was the Herretts, bag was marked S&W J S. I liked the size and feel of the grips.


I got them home and they were not even close to the frame of the 63.
I saw a decal inside the grip marked RDD, and when I looked it up it is for the Colt Agent, Det. Special, Diamondback and some short frame Colt revolver.
So if anyone need some Colt grips, I'm going to put them in the classifieds.

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Old 09-05-2021, 10:47 PM
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Model 63

sandog, I bought my model 63 brand new in 1978. I was young and could see the front sight clearly and hit almost everything.
I put it away when I got older and could not see the front sight clearly, and took to my Colt woodsman pistols for years. Recently, I filed the rear sight open, probably not removing more than .002", and can see the front sight very clearly again. Now I'm hitting my targets again.
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Old 09-06-2021, 04:44 PM
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It sounds like S&W is going to take care of your model 63. It still is frustrating when stuff like this happens though. You might try contacting "happy" out of New York through the TRADING POST here. He list under HOLSTERS, CASES, ECT. and list different holsters and grips pretty regularly. He seems to have quite an assortment of different grips available. I've ordered some stuff from him and all has been as it's suppose to be. The Hogue grips I have are a bit smaller than the N frame grips but still fit my hand well. Oddly enough I have a set of Herrett grips on a S&W J-frame in 32 S&W long. If you can find a set there worth it.
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Old 09-06-2021, 11:11 PM
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Love it!!
Here's my 63-1
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Old 09-07-2021, 04:48 PM
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Another nice set o Hogues on your 63 Ceapea.
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