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Old 01-10-2010, 09:28 PM
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The j-frame 22 appeals to me as a "trail/field" gun. Did S&W every make a Model63 in 3"? I prefer the heft of stainless.

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The S&W book doesn't say any thing about a 3" M63. Don
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Not so far as I'm aware, just 2" and 4" versions, but I'm often surprised to learn of oddball runs for distributors such as Lew Horton. In my limited experience, I thought the 2" sight radius was inadequate for adequately accurate aiming ... I looked at one of the new 5" 63's the other day, and it's really sweet, but my 10 round 617 is sweeter!
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Coming in April 2010, 3" 63.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...20.22%20LR.pdf

I'm feeling partial to this one though, 43C.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...Centennial.pdf
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I continue to beg SW to produce a .22cal offering on the Bodyguard frame. 3", Scandium, target sights.
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I've gotta agree with you Sonny, at 11 oz. that 43C looks like a great kit gun. Less then half the weight of the stainless 63, and 8 rounds to boot.
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I've got a M18-4 4" with which I'm very comfortable and confident. I'm just not wanting to carry that anymore. Several years ago it went back to S&W for a sticky chamber and timing. They re-blued it out of the goodness of their heart. It used to be in the field with me in "desert" canyons while fishing in Idaho - now I'm in IL and it goes only to the range.

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Sonny,

Thanks for the links, I may have to wait for this one - M63. I want something that gives me a sight picture I'm used to and I'm not sure the 43C can come through on that on - radius is a bit small also - although if the radius were short enough, then everything would be of equal blur.

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they both look nice i like the 63 3 inch alittle better
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I have a 650 which is a 3" round-butt J-frame in 22 Magnum, vintage circa 1983 or '84. I like the gun but think an identical one in .22LR would be real sweet and much more versatile.

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I have a 650 which is a 3" round-butt J-frame in 22 Magnum, vintage circa 1983 or '84. I like the gun but think an identical one in .22LR would be real sweet and much more versatile.
I also have a 650, but I had S&W retrofit an auxillary 22LR cylinder for it. It is the ultimate in rimfire versatility!
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