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Old 09-28-2018, 02:44 PM
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Keep the gun you have and start shooting cast wad cutters in it. Cost comparative to rimfire and you'll be using the gun you carry, not one "close" to it. That being said, it's always nice to have a good rimfire revolver for plinking/hunting, etc.
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Old 09-28-2018, 08:39 PM
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Well guys with your informative responses I went ahead and purchased the 617 to add to my collection of revolvers. Thank you all for your help. Thought I would do a follow up with a photo.
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The 63 doesn't mimic the 686 in any way. The four inch 617 does.
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Old 09-29-2018, 10:14 AM
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Frame sizes

The S&W Model 686 is a L frame

The S&W Model 617 is a K frame

The S&W Model 63 is a J frame
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Old 09-29-2018, 02:16 PM
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The S&W Model 686 is a L frame

The S&W Model 617 is a K frame

The S&W Model 63 is a J frame
K and Ls can use the same grips.The weight will be about the same too,if you choose a four inch 617.Similar internal construction and action feel.
A 63 is it's own unique critter.
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Old 10-27-2018, 05:17 PM
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I have a 4“ 617, it's going to be with me till they pry it from my cold dead hands.. In my opinion I have a 686 plus and I really enjoy warming up and practicing with the 617 the shoot the 686 I have them both set up the same.. Does it help.. For me.. Not really.. But it's cool.. Haha
Both great guns now that my 617 is a broke in.. Its one of the smoothest revolvers I've ever owned.. ( good job Smith and Wesson)
Can't go wrong.oh..i think the 6" barrel would be to heavy.. I think the 4" barrel is just right..
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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.
This. They are matched. I have two of each!
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