A year and a half later, as if it was up to you to guarantee it? You did the right thing to shut him down. The guy was probably using cheap waxy ammo or using shorts without cleaning it for future use of long rifles...perhaps never cleaning it.I’ve had two 617s. Both did have a little light strike problem. Upon inspecting running gears they were bone dry. Lubed with Break Free and that took care of light strikes as major problem. I’m big on S&W m17s. I’m not a stainless fan. The old blue guns seem much slicker.
I had a M63 that was NIB. I shot it one summer as creek carry, maybe 500rds most. Had no problems with it, very accurate and smooth operating. I traded it to a guy who couldn’t say enough about what a fantastic shooter it was. About 18months later he was causing me all kinds of grief. Accusing me of giving him a junk gun. He wanted me to pay a bill at gunsmith for $200+. He claimed smith told him it was out of speck. Finally got shut of that jerk. I found out why gun was having problems. S&Ws have tight chambers. They are known to be sticky on extraction when dirty, in rim fire models. This goober was smacking the extractor rod down on edge of bench. This bent or warped yoke. Some have their cylinders reamed for easier extraction. I would rather just keep mine clean. If target shooting running a brush through isnt much bother to overcome hard extraction.
617-4 here. It’s a dream to shoot but it doesn’t eject Tac22 either. Cci SV comes out of the cylinder like butterMy 617-6 4 inch ejects fine with Federal 550 bulk pack but was having ftf, switched to Norma and the ftf’s cleared up but now the brass is sticky.
I haven’t seen a 4“ in stock locally for a couple of years. My 6” hasn’t had a single misfire with any ammo from the bulk stuff to the higher end, I haven‘t noticed any extraction issues, the forcing cone could be smoother.View attachment 345155
I picked this 4 inch 617-6 up a few months ago and was very pleased with the way it shoots. No problems to talk about and it fired CCI Mini Mags without skipping a beat.
Extraction problems happen with some ammo so I started testing a few brands and found that Remington Bucket Of Bullets and Federal BYOBs work best. They drop out after firing with very little effort. Mini Mags shoot great but after 5 reloads I have to clean the cylinders. Normal Tac 22s also group well but need cleaning after 5 cylinders full.