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Old 08-09-2018, 02:31 PM
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I'm considering the purchase of a new Model 63. The dealer has a no return policy and if there is something wrong with this new gun, I don't want to deal with the factory. What should I specifically look before purchasing this gun?
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:40 PM
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Be sure the barrel lines up straight.
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:06 PM
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Factory is easy to deal with.
Call customer service and get prepaid FedEx label sent via email.
Put gun in case, take to FedEx.
Hand clerk printed label.
Select FedEx box (prepaid).
Give clerk cased gun and box.
You are done.

Inspecting revolver? Check that the barrel is not canted to your satisfaction. Open and close cylinder. Dry fire if possible or cycle the action using your thumb to keep the hammer from hitting hard.
63-5 is a great gun. With 22 ammo now abundant and reasonably priced I've been shooting the daylights out of mine.
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I bought one last year,3" barrel. I was surprised to find in Single Action the hammer would not stay cocked unless I pulled it back quite hard. I then realized the tip of the hammer spur was touching the rubber grip material sometimes keeping it from full travel back. With a razor blade I trimmed about a 1/16th of an inch off of the rubber grip it shoots fine now and I like it a lot.
As others have mentioned check the barrel orientation mine was fine. In retropect maybe I could have just loosened the grips and slid them down a bit?? I don't know, trimming worked and looks fine too.
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I just bought the same gun sight unseen. Pick it up tomorrow

They factory has always been easy to deal with for me. I admit I only had two revolvers that needed to go back, but S&W was great

Remember of the more than one million guns S&W ships each year (2016 was 1.5 million) only a tiny percentage have problems. Of course none of us want to be in that tiny group

BTW, please DO NOT DRY FIRE your model 63 with out something in the chamber to protect it from the firing pin

I do not know the gun shop situation in Nebraska, but is there another dealer you can go to that is less rigid in his rules?
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Here's what I do,new or used: Push on the yoke gently and make sure sure there is not a large gap between the yoke and cylinder,keep your thumb on the hammer,pull the trigger and hold it back and make sure the cylinder lines up(do this on all cylinders),over all fit of grips and look for excessive scratches,push the ejector rod in and out for straightness.Be sure the barrel and sights are straight.Done.

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The current production Model 63s should be fine but why buy from a dealer with a "no return" policy? Would you buy a car from a dealer who says "enjoy it, but I never want to see it again?" If you don't like a product, that's one thing, but if the product has a problem, and you return it immediately, why shouldn't the dealer take it back or at least be the one to deal with the manufacturer? Lots of sellers around, buy from someone who stands behind their products. Good luck.

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Thanks for the replies. This particular dealer has a large internet business as well as a bricks and mortar store. His "no return" policy may apply only to internet sales. However, another major gun shop/range in may area also has a "no return" policy, but is very helpful in getting factory returns made.

The dealer who has the Model 63 in stock has four of them. He also has a gunsmith. If I do decide to purchase one of his guns, I'll ask his smith to check it out. If that can't be done I'll "walk".
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Get eight .22 snap caps and make sure the cylinder never binds on any chamber firing all eight in double action first then single action. Trust me on this.

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Even with all these tests, some "problems" won't show up until after being fired multiple times. S&W .22 revolvers have a historical problem of fired cases sticking in the cylinder making extraction difficult. There are ways to alleviate this if it happens.
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The new M63 is a Fine Revolver. I have owned mine for a Few Years now and find no fault with it. I shoot mine more than my 617.
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