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Old 04-01-2019, 03:15 PM
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I have had a 6" barrel 617 for a couple of years. It's extremely accurate, reliable and one of my favorite guns. A couple of weeks ago I ordered a 4" barreled version and it arrived last week. This is going to be my DAO revolver.
It's a beauty, just like my other one (and every S&W revolver I have ever owned). After changing the rear sight out for a Vortex Venom red dot I ran about 400 rounds of various ammo through it this weekend. Very accurate right out of the box. Nice balance and easy to shoot. The trigger is smooth and a little heavy just like my other one when I first got it.
This one is going to get an Apex 22 Mass Driver Hammer and a little bit of trigger work after I run a few thousand rounds through it, which should be about mid summer.
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:25 PM
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Here they are. Allchin mounts are holding the red dots.
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:43 PM
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I have a 617 six inch that is a couple of months old. I bought a trigger gauge that only goes up to 12lb. After a few hundred rounds, I was getting an overload on the trigger gauge in DA. After 300 more rounds and a hundred or so dry fires with drywall expanders, the trigger gauge now reads an average of about 10.5 lb. For a trigger that heavy, it is pretty dang smooth.

I shoot the gun far better in DA than SA, which makes no sense to me. But I am consistent in doing it.

It is a really nice gun. I am quite happy with the fit and finish and the trigger and accuracy.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:37 AM
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I own a first year production S&W 617(no dash) 4 inch. I bought it in the early 90's. It is the nicest 22 revolver I have ever owned. The SA pull is excellent. The DA pull is good too, it was very smooth right out of the box. My wife even loves to shoot it and she does not know much at all about firearms. IMO it's the best 22 revolver on the market.
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:15 AM
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I own a first year production S&W 617(no dash) 4 inch. I bought it in the early 90's. It is the nicest 22 revolver I have ever owned. The SA pull is excellent. The DA pull is good too, it was very smooth right out of the box. My wife even loves to shoot it and she does not know much at all about firearms. IMO it's the best 22 revolver on the market.
I use my 6" version for bullseye/precision shooting out to 50yds and for indoor pistol league. The 4" is slated for shooting steel.

I also have a Henry 22. Hard to beat a day of shooting with the 617 and the Henry.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:13 AM
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I bought my 617-6 with 4" barrel when I realized I really didn't like the slow loading/unloading required for my Ruger Single 10. I think the Ruger has been shot one or two times since the S&W 617 arrived. Great gun, makes me seem like a better handgun shooter than I really am. Everybody who shoots it loves it.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:06 PM
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I bought my 617-6 with 4" barrel when I realized I really didn't like the slow loading/unloading required for my Ruger Single 10. I think the Ruger has been shot one or two times since the S&W 617 arrived. Great gun, makes me seem like a better handgun shooter than I really am. Everybody who shoots it loves it.
Speedloaders are available for the 617. Check out revolversupply.com for the ones made by fellow RFC member DS-10. I have a bunch of his and a couple of different loading blocks.

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Old 04-12-2019, 08:02 PM
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cabin22,

I can totally relate to "makes me seem like a better handgun shooter than I really am" The last few times I shot mine I noticed that I shoot it better than any of my other handguns. Today I put 110 rounds through it and surprised myself at how well I shot (well, for me at least). Time to give my other handguns a rest


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