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Old 02-05-2020, 05:07 PM
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What one do you all like pros and cons of both?
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:41 PM
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I have both, and like both. I have a K-22 pre-17, like it also. If a gun works, it's good to me. My 617 is a 10-shot, which is sometimes fun to surprise the bottom-feeder users with.

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Old 02-05-2020, 06:34 PM
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Nice guns. I have a 617. I'm thinking about getting a new 17 model.
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I have a 4” 10 shot 617 and really like it. It is completely stock. I really like the single action trigger and the double action trigger is fine. Mine is 7 years old and when I first got it it had a spacing issue between the back of the cylinder and the frame that S&W took care of under warranty. Now it is one of my two favorite shooters.


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I had a 17 and I now have the 617. It's my favorite gun to plink with and to shoot for Steel Challenge Matches. I like the weight of the 617 and the fact that it has 10 shots.
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I have both, on the same barrel leght, model 617 is alot heavier than model 17, so if you plan on using it on a hostler i would go with a model 17.

617 is worth it when you need those 10 shots.
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I really dislike full lug barrels.

I really dislike full lug barrels,,,
So the choice for me would be a Model 17.

I know the full lug is supposed to steady the pistol,,,
But they always seem to have the opposite effect for me.

Besides, they are ugly.

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I really dislike full lug barrels,,,
So the choice for me would be a Model 17.

I know the full lug is supposed to steady the pistol,,,
But they always seem to have the opposite effect for me.

Besides, they are ugly.

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Ditto on this, and I'll add that you couldn't get a 617 back when Smith and Wesson made really fine firearms, so I'll stick with my 17-2.
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I prefer the stainless steel of the 617 and love the feel and looks of the full length barrel lug.


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Looking to buy a 8 ⅜!
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Between the durable finish of stainless steel and the 10 shot capacity, the 617 is my favorite. I’ve owned a 6” 617 for about 15 years and added a 4” about 7 years ago. Both have been great dependable shooters and with speedloaders and a loading block can burn through a brick in short order.
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The 4” 617 is about the same weight as the 6” 17 according to the S&W website. I have one 4” 617 and 2-18’s, three 6”17’s, one 8 3/8” 17 . Depending on use the 4” 617 and the 8 3/8” 17 are my favorites. So buy one of each.
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I had a 17 and I now have the 617. It's my favorite gun to plink with and to shoot for Steel Challenge Matches. I like the weight of the 617 and the fact that it has 10 shots.
Did you bob the hammer yourself? If so, why?
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Did you bob the hammer yourself? If so, why?
No, I didn't bob it myself, that's a Mass Drive Hammer from Apex Tactical. It's a little heavier that a standard hammer but the extra weight helps ignition. Also it almost has a spur but you cannot cock it. It's double action only.

Recently Apex Tactical, the people that made that hammer, introduced a new one that has the hammer spur so you can shoot it double or single action. I've had mine for a while now and it's a big improvement. Randy Lee advertises it as being a drop in hammer that will give you a 6.5 pound trigger that is reliable with most ammo.



Here's a picture of it. I think I need to take a better picture.
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I have both and it is a wash for accuracy. The 17 points more easily for me, but I have come to love the solidity of the 617 -- so much so that I recently added a six-inch model to the four-inch that shoots so well for me. Oddly, the aiming system makes a much bigger difference to me than the barrel configuration, even though the underlug on the 617 has a noticeable effect on the handling qualities of the pistols. I have also tried a Ruger GP100, which is built on the same scale as the 617 but, of course, has no underlug. The GP100 is pretty accurate, but took some work to get the trigger where I wanted it. The S&W models had great triggers and have only gotten better with use.

617, with its big brother in .357.






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