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Old 02-17-2021, 01:39 PM
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Finally picked up a 617!!



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I have had a Charter arms Target Pathfinder for a few years now, and recently picked up a Harrington and Richardson 930 , 9 shot revolver, but I have always been keeping my eyes open for a couple things... Either a 617 or GP100/SP101 in .22LR that I could afford (haven't been many available lately at all), or a snubnose blued 22LR.

Well, a used 4" 617 showed up in my local shop, and I decided to try and trade in my Target Pathfinder towards the 617. The 4" is more appealing to me than the 6" so it took a lot longer to find one as well...

Went to the shop, got my name on a waiting list (line was 15 deep before they opened), and when my name was called, I went in with the Pathfinder, they looked at it, and offered me $300 for it. I paid $250 for it, so that was a no brainer. The 617 was $799, and used, but not too much from what I could tell- was just dirty. the shop I got it from doesn't typically clean used guns as they sell so fast, they just turn them over.

Anyway, I made the deal, and bought a box of 800 rounds of federal bulk ammo, and went out the door, lighter in the pocket, but fuller in my heart.

This is the condition it was in when I got it home - does the leading indicate a problem with timing, or is it normal? I know 22lr is dirty, but I haven't seen that much leading on a revolver before...

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And after I got it cleaned up...

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I have not shot it yet, looking forward to it though!!! Hopefully this weekend. I contacted S&W and it was made February 2020, so it is only a year old- I think it got taken to the range, shot a lot in a couple days, cleaned (poorly) and sat in a safe for 10-11 months and was traded in.

I do not miss the Charter Arms one bit, even though it was a great shooter, the Smith is 10x the gun the Charter Arms was... Now to find a 6 shot blued .22lr snubbie...

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Old 02-17-2021, 02:01 PM
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Nice pistol . I canít help you with the leading question . It does look like a lot, but youíll know better when you shoot it. It might be possible that someone fired it a lot and didnít clean the forcing cone . I had a 38 that was actually splattering lead back at my face . I thought it was out of time . It turned out to be considerable build up in the forcing cone . I couldnít see it until I got a borescope . .

Once cleaned, ii no longer have the problem . I found a tornado brush in 40 cal and solvent got it out with several treatments .

I have had some lead build up in 22s and a .223 tornado brush fits tight enough to do the job .

Nice find.
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:37 PM
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That cleaned up nicely. I bought one about two years ago. Wish l would have forty years ago. Enjoy yours, l love mine.
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Old 02-17-2021, 03:29 PM
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First, let me just say that I think you made an excellent choice. I am a big fan of the GP100 revolver, but in .22 lr I just don't think you can beat a 617, JMHO. After a good cleaning, which you have done, and using quality ammo you may not have anymore problems. However, maybe some forcing cone work needs to done by a reputable gunsmith, and from the picture it looks like that may be the case to me.

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Old 02-17-2021, 03:46 PM
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Nice pistol . I canít help you with the leading question . It does look like a lot, but youíll know better when you shoot it. It might be possible that someone fired it a lot and didnít clean the forcing cone . I had a 38 that was actually splattering lead back at my face . I thought it was out of time . It turned out to be considerable build up in the forcing cone . I couldnít see it until I got a borescope . .

Once cleaned, ii no longer have the problem . I found a tornado brush in 40 cal and solvent got it out with several treatments .

I have had some lead build up in 22s and a .223 tornado brush fits tight enough to do the job .

Nice find.
Thanks, I will put a borelight on it, and see how it looks. I think it looked pretty clean inside. I think they just put a ton of rounds through it, and did a piss poor job cleaning it. Maybe that's why they traded it in. If you shoot a revolver a lot, you will clean it a lot more than a semi in my experience...

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That cleaned up nicely. I bought one about two years ago. Wish l would have forty years ago. Enjoy yours, l love mine.
Thanks! I have been looking off and on for a year or so. Finally found one, and had the "extra" cash
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:38 PM
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Good choice. I have a Model 617 4 inch 6 shot no dash( first year production). It came with real nice factory installed finger groove wood combat grips. I have owned several 22 revolvers over the years but this one is my favorite. Enjoy!
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:54 PM
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Someone here has re-reamed the forcing cone on their 617 and that eliminated the lead spattering. I had some leading early on but it seems to have diminished the more I shoot it.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:38 PM
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The build up is normal for a revolver that hasnít been properly cleaned. I clean the cylinder and frame every outing to avoid the build up. Of course some ammo is much worse than others, high velocity in most cases will lead faster.
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:37 PM
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The 4Ē barrel length Model 617 is my favorite version for field use.

Congratulations and I know you will enjoy it.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:07 AM
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GT 80 - Wow, you did a great job cleaning that up. Care to share your method, tips, tools, or techniques? I know I could use the advice, mine never clean up that well. Thanks.
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%%%%, I don't think mine was that clean from the factory 🙂

How'd you do it?
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Old 02-18-2021, 03:13 PM
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%%%%, I don't think mine was that clean from the factory 🙂

How'd you do it?
I would like to know too!
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Old 02-18-2021, 06:05 PM
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Yes normal splatter and wow better than new cleaning !
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Old 02-19-2021, 12:41 PM
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I have a Model 617 and a Model 63 and they both have the leading issue. Most of the people I asked said it is normal and don't worry. Maybe it is normal but I would like to clean them nonetheless.

1. From what I have learned it seems normal.
2. Add my name to the list of people asking how you cleaned it. It looks amazing.

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Old 02-19-2021, 09:07 PM
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I agree with the fantastic cleaning comments - how did you do it?

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