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Old 03-24-2012, 12:37 AM
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Well, I received my 617 back from service today.

Service was pretty fast (like Ruger and my SP-101, it took about 2 weeks for the shipping and repair). And (most importantly) they seem to have fixed the problem (they replaced the barrel and recut the throat). The pistol looks good now, and hopefully will shoot well.

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Old 03-24-2012, 04:48 PM
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That's good news
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:47 AM
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Find a vintage M17 (pre-'82 pinned barrel) or a K-22 (pre 17) and be done with it. It's all the .22LR DA revelover you'll need the rest of your life.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:33 PM
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I bought one!!!

Actually, I traded my Ruger LCR .22LR Lemon for the 617. I have not fired it yet, but I am hoping for the best.

With regard to the Ruger LCR in .22LR:

Finish on the cylinder wiped off with CLP.
Ejector was stiff and ejecting most brands of .22LR ammo after firing was a chore.

Ejector arm was carving its markings into the frame as the cylinder turned;

Gun locked up completely on a few ammo brands - could not even pull the trigger.

I only had 400 rounds through the gun

Oh - the heaviest trigger pull you can imagine on a DAO revolver - it sucked. Most folks reported that with this particular gun - neither their kids, grandkids, wifes, or girlfriends could operate the trigger.

Got so ****ed off, I took the gun to my local gun store and told the owner I never wanted to see that gun again.

Well, you want a .22 revolver, so how about a Smith? Everyone there said they were the best - so here goes.

Wish me luck. But I hope I won't need it.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:27 PM
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Putting money down on a 617 this week
can't wait to fire it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:21 PM
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I'm late to the party . I bought used off the internet a 617-0, made in 93 . Big mistake .At 15 yards the rear sight is cranked as far as it can go to the left to get center bull . Now the real bad news . The barrel is perfectly centered, not canted . The pro's over at the S&W forum said it's either a bent frame or barrel . I found a guy locally who use to do warranty work for S&W . He still has all the tools so he's going to take a look at it this week .
And no I can't send it back to the original seller .

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Old 04-04-2012, 01:44 PM
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My Bud had ordered a 4" 617 and picked it up today. Got it home and noticed that the cylinder face was actually rubbing against the forcing cone. He also noticed the proverbial front sight canted to the side. His dealer is sending it back but he is so turned off he really doesn't want the gun.

No way in hell that gun should have gotten out the door. If S&W keeps sending out so many problem guns they will go down.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:19 PM
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My Bud had ordered a 4" 617 and picked it up today. Got it home and noticed that the cylinder face was actually rubbing against the forcing cone. He also noticed the proverbial front sight canted to the side. His dealer is sending it back but he is so turned off he really doesn't want the gun.

No way in hell that gun should have gotten out the door. If S&W keeps sending out so many problem guns they will go down.
Lots of people over on the S&W forum complaining about canted barrels and shoddy workmanship on new Smiths .
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:44 PM
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I have a 1990s 617 that is beautifully made and functions flawlessly. You may want to buy a used one and save some cash since they are so expensive.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:30 AM
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I recommend looking for a used 617 in good condition. You can get one from a period when the QC was good and save some money to boot. I bought my 617 around 20 years ago and would not pay the $700 asking price I see in stores now.
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