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I carry a 686 with 3" barrel and have been thinking of buying the model 63 or 617 as the understudy for my 686. I shoot and practice double action only with my 686 and I figure that if I buy one of the above mentioned models it will help maintain my skill level without breaking the bank. Would love to hear from anyone that has either model revolver about the trigger on them. As of now I am leaning towards the 63 as this will mimic my 686 the closest, but am willing to buy a 617 with 4" barrel if this is the better gun. Would love to hear from those that own one of these models and what you think about them. Price is not a factor in deciding which to buy. Thank you for reading my post and your opinions.
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:47 PM
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I have a 686 Plus, and a 63 (with the 3 inch barrel), and both the 4 and 6 inch 617s.

You will be much better served by the 4 inch 617 as an "understudy" for the 686. The frame sizes are much more similar. The 63 is a j-frame, and while a great revolver, tougher for me to shoot as well.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:53 AM
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I have a 686 Plus, and a 63 (with the 3 inch barrel), and both the 4 and 6 inch 617s.

You will be much better served by the 4 inch 617 as an "understudy" for the 686. The frame sizes are much more similar. The 63 is a j-frame, and while a great revolver, tougher for me to shoot as well.
Thanks, exactly the type of information I need.
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I have a 686 Plus, and a 63 (with the 3 inch barrel), and both the 4 and 6 inch 617s.

You will be much better served by the 4 inch 617 as an "understudy" for the 686. The frame sizes are much more similar. The 63 is a j-frame, and while a great revolver, tougher for me to shoot as well.
Ditto. I have the four inch 686 and 617, They were made for each other, I believe quite literally. The 617 I have is incredibly accurate.

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Wow, nice shooting. Thanks for the information. So far I have 2 for the 617.
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I only have the 617 so dont have a comparison to the other model but I have alot of fun with my 617. Great shooting gun.

Just dont shoot it as much as I would like.

I actually have it up for sale if your looking.

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I have an old model 18 and a newer 63 with the 5" barrel. Both nice guns, but the larger frame model would probably suite you better for what you want.
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Wow, nice shooting. Thanks for the information. So far I have 2 for the 617.
....and it does well with a variety of ammo:





10 shot groups.

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Old 09-15-2018, 05:20 PM
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I have a couple 63s and a 617.

I would pick the 4” Model 617 as the best to go with your 686.


My 617 is the 8-3/8” Model and should have come with a bi-pod and wheels.
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I would pick the 4” Model 617 as the best to go with your 686.
I concur! I have both guns and while the 617 is more accurate the S&W 63 is the revolver that goes everywhere with me. I thought when I bought the 617 I would be saying that about it instead but if I had to just keep one of em it would be the new 3 inch S&W 63. They are both fine revolvers and something else I will add is I used to think I would prefer the 6 shot versions of both and that was wrong also. There is not a thing wrong with having a 10 shot & 8 shot .22 revolver!
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My 63s are the old 4” whichbare 6 shot revolvers.

They are real gems but I would take the 617 over them for everything but concealment.
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Have a couple of 63s, an early 4" 617, and a 4" 686.

Love the 686 with Pachmayr grips and the 4" 617 (6 shot) is the perfect understudy.

63s are a slightly different animal. Nice, but different.

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I have a 686 Plus, and a 63 (with the 3 inch barrel), and both the 4 and 6 inch 617s.

You will be much better served by the 4 inch 617 as an "understudy" for the 686. The frame sizes are much more similar. The 63 is a j-frame, and while a great revolver, tougher for me to shoot as well.


I agree with Kiteman72'w comments - I have a 686 & 617 both are 6" and agree they are very similar in size and handling. Unloaded - my 686 (6 round) weighs 2.84 lbs & the 617 (10 round) comes in at 2.75 lbs. I did put a TruGlo fiber front sight on my 617 to make it easier for my old eyes to pickup that front sight.

I have looked at the 63 many times for a smaller carry along while out on the trail, but have not added one to the collection to this point.
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Everyone thank you for the replies and wisdom. I will go with 617 model in the 4" barrel version. The 4" version will be a great understudy for both my 686 in 3" and 6" that I own as well as my colt python. Once again, thank all of you for your input.

DAVE1911 thank you for the offer of selling your gun but as a rule I never purchase firearms from personal buyers online that I will never meet. Please do not take offense, but my way keeps me from getting scammed and I know you are not one as I have seen you in other forums. I truly believe that your price is fantastic with all the extras included, makes me want to break my own rules.

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I too have a Model 63 and both Model 617's mentioned by Kiteman72. Recommendation echo his as well. HTH
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