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Old 02-16-2013, 08:50 AM
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Does anyone have one of the 5" barrel 63s that Smith made for a couple of years not too long ago?
Here you go. Gotta get a 2 and 3 inchers


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Old 02-16-2013, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for those photos PbRx.
Would like to find one of those 5" models myself.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:32 PM
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There is nothing quite like the old model 63s with the wood grips. I was surprised that S&W quit making the model 63 many years ago. The 8 shot cylinder is nice on the new ones, but the quality of parts (MIM) just isn't as nice as the old ones.
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'Kits' are fun, and with the price of ammo a VERY wise choice 617, 18, 63, 63, 34, 34

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I realize that this a stainless gun discussion,but after reading photoman's model review,the ideal gun would seem to be the virtually impossible to find lugless617 or a Model 18.I sold my 3 J frame .22s,and think the old Model 18,and new Model 18,are great guns,action-wise and weight-wise.(Note that I have big hands,and don't have the op to take any gun for a walk in the woods(if I could,I think Gerald's little gem is ideal for that)-solely range use, unfortunately)The other advantage of K frame guns that wasn't mentioned,is the vast number of grip choices,not found with Js or Rugers.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:59 PM
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I realize that this a stainless gun discussion,but after reading photoman's model review,the ideal gun would seem to be the virtually impossible to find lugless617 or a Model 18.I sold my 3 J frame .22s,and think the old Model 18,and new Model 18,are great guns,action-wise and weight-wise.(Note that I have big hands,and don't have the op to take any gun for a walk in the woods(if I could,I think Gerald's little gem is ideal for that)-solely range use, unfortunately)The other advantage of K frame guns that wasn't mentioned,is the vast number of grip choices,not found with Js or Rugers.
I was only really interested in stainless guns so the 17/18 weren't in the running for me.

The big thing that killed the K frame for me was that my ideal one and only .22LR revolver would be one that my wife or I could use as a CCW if necessary as well as a trail gun. We have many other better CCW choices but if things keep going the way they are we'll be lucky to own even .22 revolvers in years to come. Luckily I don't have to make a choice of only one. For now.

One of my first guns was a S&W Model 66. I carried that for about a week then bought a Glock 19. That K frame was not carry-friendly on my 5'9"/150# frame. My wife is 5'2"/100# and would need a dolly to carry a stainless K frame.

They are all great guns and any one of them will serve its owner well.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:54 PM
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Gotta agree with photoman: The 617 with the 6" barrel is just way too big and clunky. I got 2 and sold them both. For 22lr, the 34/63 are just right. These are wonderful to teach beginners how to shoot. I taught my daughter how to shoot on a 34, and now she claims that it's hers.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:20 AM
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although not stainless, these work for me & my wife! I don't care for the full underlug of the 617. Throws the balance way off for me.
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I've been following this thread over on Smith-wessonforum.com. Great pics of some great guns. Thanks again for the writeup.

I'm planning to get a 4" 617 for myself and a 317 Kit gun for the wife in the near future.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:36 PM
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A lot really depends on the individual. A large person would probably find the "K" frame to be the best shooter, whereas a small statured person may find the "J" frame to be the best. They are both great revolvers and for me it just depends on what I am going to do with them. For range time I would take the "K" frame and for carrying, I would take the "J" frame.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:24 PM
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My 5" 63-4 was bought ANIB from a late friend's estate 9/09, so it has sentimental value - otherwise, it would be gone. It followed my new 4" x10 617 by a year. The 617 was a range bag hog - always dirty from shooting. The 5" 63 didn't change a thing. 11/10 would mark the arrival of my much awaited 3" 63 - and it became the range bag hog. It was joined a year later, 11/11, by a 'Holy Grail' candidate of mine - an ANIB 4" 651 in .22 WMR (middle, below). Both 63s and my 651 sport S&W '60 Pro' grips. The 3" 63 is my favorite with my 4" 651 a distant second, providing I can find more .22 WMR ammo for it. The 5" 63 trails at last position.



What of my old pal, the 4" x10 617? Well, as I have it configured below - HiViz sight, Ahrends retro target grips, Allen head (adjustable) strain screw, and DS-10 Speedloader - it is a near perfect plinker - just add a brick of some Federal el cheapo's to fulfill the promise of a great day at the range.



But - the little 3" 63 is a great 'plinker, too. And - it fits my S&W 3" J-frame holster - bought for my 3" 60 Pro. Great woods accompaniment. It will likely be my last rimfire revolver to leave, should harder times befall me.

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Here's a little video of shooting the 63-5 with the Speed Beez loader. It was shot w/ a Canon S95 point/shoot camera so it's not the best quality. I'm not a video guy so I'm just toying with it at this point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15DOzjKF2ig
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I purchased a 63-5 in December, after a few issues that S&W resolved the gun shoots very nice, sent it back in to S&W to change out the useless LO VIZ RED front sight to a Visable GREEN since the range I shoot at has dim flourescent lighting at the shooter area making it impossible to see the RED dot. It's been there about a month so far.
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