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Old 09-22-2019, 01:24 AM
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Hey guys and gals, I bought a 6 inch 617 a couple of months ago, and it came in with a large blemish on the underlug close to the muzzle. I knew their customer service is super in my experience, so I did not send it back to Grab A Gun....of course, S&W fixed it and sent the revolver back in less than 3 weeks, in new condition, having refinished the complete unit. There was a faint line around the cylinder when I sent it in, so I asked about timing.....there were no marks on the cylinder when I got it back, and I have fired it about a 1000 rounds without marking
the cylinder. They did include a standardized sheet with the returned revolver stating that lines on the cylinder are now normal on Smith and Wesson revolvers. It stated they are a result of setting the timing to increase reliability.....I am wanting to add a 4 inch 617 to the stable, but I am a little hesitant now, as I don’t care for marked cylinders . Sorry for the long post, as always, thanks for input here! Any one else experienced the marks on new Smith & Wesson 617 ?

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Old 09-22-2019, 01:37 AM
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They all get the line around the cylinder. You just have to live with it or never fire your 617.

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Yes lines are normal. Just have to teach yourself to forget about them.

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Turn lines are there to some extent on virtually every Smith revolver.
I've owned quite a few and I'm very fussy. The presence of a turn line never bothered me in the least.
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One of the things I learned when shopping for revolvers is if the revolver doesn't have a turn line, it has been recently refinished- especially on the blued ones. This can affect the value significantly on some models.
If you shoot it or turn the cylinder it will get a turn line on it. Just a sign of good, honest use IMO..

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