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Old 08-17-2020, 05:11 PM
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The bug has hit me that I need to get a 617 10-shot .22LR. The online reviews I've seen of them all seem to be pretty positive. But I wanted to ask you all, because I know you won't sugar coat your thoughts on it. Anything bad I should watch out for?
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No reason not to buy one. It’s one of the few revolvers the lock does not bother me.
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I bought mine last summer.

I changed the grips on it, but otherwise it is stock

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Look out for the price......they ain't getting any cheaper.
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new in last of may they still have it S&W not happy they have had it longer than i have , it spits lead bad , hit my son in the face
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Keep an eye out for some pre-holes
They do come up from time to time
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I bought mine last summer.

I changed the grips on it, but otherwise it is stock

Really like those grips!!
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The bug has hit me that I need to get a 617 10-shot .22LR. The online reviews I've seen of them all seem to be pretty positive. But I wanted to ask you all, because I know you won't sugar coat your thoughts on it. Anything bad I should watch out for?
I have both 4 and 6 inch models, I like both and use them quite a lot with steel plate sports and bowling pin matches. The 4 inch has better balance and I like wood Hogue square butt conversion grips on both of them. They will smooth out with use and there are spring kits available if you decide to lighten the trigger a bit, I like a 13 or 14lb rebound spring and I leave the hammer spring stock.

The only bad thing I can think of is you'll need to buy a lot of ammo!

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The only bad thing I can think of is you'll need to buy a lot of ammo!
I second that... you will need a lot of extra 22lr ammo...
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I have both 4 and 6 inch models, I like both and use them quite a lot with steel plate sports and bowling pin matches. The 4 inch has better balance and I like wood Hogue square butt conversion grips on both of them. They will smooth out with use and there are spring kits available if you decide to lighten the trigger a bit, I like a 13 or 14lb rebound spring and I leave the hammer spring stock.

The only bad thing I can think of is you'll need to buy a lot of ammo!

I like Hogue wood grips as well. I'll have to do that.

Who makes the speedloaders?

Who's scope mount are you using? I like the setup.
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I like Hogue wood grips as well. I'll have to do that.

Who makes the speedloaders?

Who's scope mount are you using? I like the setup.
I make the loaders and the 617 mount is an Allchin mount, I have a Raptor Engineering mount on my V-Comp and I like it better.

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... there are spring kits available if you decide to lighten the trigger a bit...
Do you have a link to a spring kit?
I bought a J-frame 642-2, 2-inch .38 centerfire Airweight, and the trigger was unbearable. So I ordered an Apex kit which a gunsmith installed.
Duty/Carry Spring Kit for J-Frame Revolvers
Now the trigger is easy. But I would like a gun with less recoil.

I would like to add a S&W .22 4-inch revolver for target practice. Less recoil and cheaper, more available ammo. But I understand a .22's trigger is even harder because it has to fire a rimfire cartridge. So a spring kit would be even more important.

But the Apex link says their spring kit is:
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For use in all modern centerfire J-Frame revolvers manufactured by Smith & Wesson ..."

So I would be interested in a spring kit that works for the rimfire .22.

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Do you have a link to a spring kit?
I bought a J-frame 642-2, 2-inch .38 centerfire Airweight, and the trigger was unbearable. So I ordered an Apex kit which a gunsmith installed.
Duty/Carry Spring Kit for J-Frame Revolvers
Now the trigger is easy. But I would like a gun with less recoil.

I would like to add a S&W .22 4-inch revolver for target practice. Less recoil and cheaper, more available ammo. But I understand a .22's trigger is even harder because it has to fire a rimfire cartridge. So a spring kit would be even more important.

But the Apex link says their spring kit is:
"For Use In These Guns
For use in all modern centerfire J-Frame revolvers manufactured by Smith & Wesson ..."

So I would be interested in a spring kit that works for the rimfire .22.
https://www.gunsprings.com/SMITH%20&...3/mID58/dID264

Link I stated above, I prefer the stock hammer spring to ensure good ignition with all ammo brands, and don't go too light on the rebound spring or the trigger return can be too slow or not work at all. I find it best to break in a new gun first to smooth it out before experimenting.

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I wanted one too but won't buy any S&W with a hole. Just my preference. After searching for a used one I couldn't find one that met my price point.

I came across a lightly used late model 10 shot Ruger GP 100 that only had 10 rounds down the tube. At $400 I couldn't turn it down.

It has a trigger that rivals any of my Smiths. Its as accurate as any of my K-22s.

I'll still entertain a 617, but I'm quite happy with the Ruger.
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When I got the itch for a 22LR revolver, I was able to find a Model 18-2. It is a great shooter. You might want to consider one of them.
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I wanted one too but won't buy any S&W with a hole. Just my preference. After searching for a used one I couldn't find one that met my price point.

I came across a lightly used late model 10 shot Ruger GP 100 that only had 10 rounds down the tube. At $400 I couldn't turn it down.

It has a trigger that rivals any of my Smiths. Its as accurate as any of my K-22s.

I'll still entertain a 617, but I'm quite happy with the Ruger.
I also have a GP100 .22, It is very smooth after a bunch of rework but the significantly longer DA trigger pull pretty much kills it for me in the speed shooting sports, especially if you're used to S&W's much shorter/faster pull.



The picture below shows the difference in trigger pull. Ruger on top of the 617.




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Those are old Smith & Wesson round butt combats.

One of my favorite grip as it actually fits my fingers
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When I got the itch for a 22LR revolver, I was able to find a Model 18-2. It is a great shooter. You might want to consider one of them.
I had one, a pre-18 5-screw that was actually a family heirloom on my brother-in-law's side. I ended up giving it to my nephew, as it deserved to stay with that family.

It was a nice gun, but only 6 shots. I want to go the 10 route at this point.
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I traded my lightly used Glock 48 plus $75 for a brand new 617 with a 4 inch barrel a couple of months ago. Very happy with the trade. Extraction is sometimes a little sticky but no real issues.

I want to shoot mine more before I change anything. But right now a lighter return spring is the only thing I am considering changing.

I bought a Ruger GP-100 in 22 LR right after they came out and sold it a few months later. The trigger on the GP-100 was 16 pounds DA, 7 pounds SA and somehow felt heavier than it really was. The 617 has a heavy DA pull but to me it feel lighter than it really is. The 617 balances better for me (at least the 4 inch model I have does). Cosmetically the Ruger had some some casting marks that bothered me a lot more than the lock on the 617 does. Tbe GP-100 was accurate and reliable but given a choice between it and the 617 I will take the 617 every time.

The real question you should be asking yourself is do you want a 617 with a 4 inch barrel or the 6 inch barrel. The correct answer is 4 inches but a surprising number of people will try to lead you astray and recommend the 6.
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The real question you should be asking yourself is do you want a 617 with a 4 inch barrel or the 6 inch barrel. The correct answer is 4 inches but a surprising number of people will try to lead you astray and recommend the 6.
Yes, that is a dilemma. The six inchers are more common but I like the look of the four inchers more. I'm going to eventually use this for .22 pistol competition and will be putting a red dot on it, so barrel length isn't critical. If I can find a four incher at a good price, I'll probably go in that direction.
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I absolutely LOVE my 617-6. It's FUN and absolutely perfect in fit and finish. In that "If you could only keep one..." scenarios it would be my 4" 617-6 without hesitation. I wish I'd picked one up sooner.
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I wanted one too but won't buy any S&W with a hole. Just my preference. After searching for a used one I couldn't find one that met my price point.

I came across a lightly used late model 10 shot Ruger GP 100 that only had 10 rounds down the tube. At $400 I couldn't turn it down.

It has a trigger that rivals any of my Smiths. Its as accurate as any of my K-22s.

I'll still entertain a 617, but I'm quite happy with the Ruger.
Congratulations, as you are the only person I have heard say that a 10-shot .22LR GP-100 has a trigger that rivals S&W's.

If I could find a .22 LR GP-100 with a trigger like that, I'd pay a lot more then $400 for it.

The problem, at least for me, is that every .22LR GP-100 I've ever shot have had HORRENDOUS (IMHO) triggers, and I have yet to find one that I'd want.

I'll keep looking for that "Unicorn" GP-100 .22LR, that you seem to have found, but I won't hold my breath.
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Two years ago I traded a Remington light 20 for a 4”. No regrets! It’s balanced very well, probably the most accurate 22 revolver I’ve ever shot and has an amazing double action trigger. My only complaint is it’s a bit on the heavy side but this may contribute to accuracy.

I looked at. 6” but it’s just too front heavy. If Smith would introduce a model with a shorter lug it would be much more appealing to me.

I really recommend the 4” for all around great shooting.
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A lot of people complain about the 6" 617 but I also use a 6" 686 to hunt with and the matched 617 makes practice much cheaper.
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I had a no lock 10 shot 617 with the aluminum cylinder. Didn't like it, so I bought a new 6 shot cylinder and fit it to the gun, and filed the ratchets to fit the hand. Gave the gun to our Son, but it was stolen in a burglary along with several others that I had given him.
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Ah, that explains a couple of no-lock 617s I saw in an online auction. I looked at the photos and thought it weird that the cylinders were a different color than the rest of the gun. These obviously have aluminum cylinders then. I definitely want a steel cylinder. Thanks!
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Bought my 617-6 4" early last year. excellent fit/finish and no issues thus far. Decent double action trigger and awesome single action. Added Altamont round to square butt rosewood grips. Very close in weight and balance to my 586-8 4" making for cost effective target practice. As a side note, you can also fire 22S or 22L with no problem in these days of severe ammo shortages.
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Bought one new several years back. As usual, I fired many different brands and weights to see what it liked. About half of the brands had extraction problems. Sent it back to S&W where they reworked the chambers. After that it had no problems but I sold it any way. The 10 shot was new at the time so I'm guessing QC was still assessing the parameters.
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My 4” is the only revolver I have with a lock and it doesn’t bother me at all. I’m much more interested in how it shoots and how good the trigger is vs something cosmetic.

I’d compare the lock to when Smith quit recessing chambers and pinning the barrel. Neither made any difference in performance but old timers like my dad hated that Smith stopped recessingvand pinning. To me this is just another phase of production.
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My 4Ē is the only revolver I have with a lock and it doesnít bother me at all. Iím much more interested in how it shoots and how good the trigger is vs something cosmetic.


Iíd compare the lock to when Smith quit recessing chambers and pinning the barrel. Neither made any difference in performance but old timers like my dad hated that Smith stopped recessingvand pinning. To me this is just another phase of production.
A little history from my old brain:

There were a very few cases, VERY early on when the lock would lock while shooting (as I remember?) but the problem was quickly resolved by S&W. There was a parts kit available from a forum member that one could install, blue or stainless, to eliminate the lock. There was/is a certain skill level for installation. I did it twice and I can say, anecdotally that it worked very well for me. It's kind of like the magazine safety on the Browning High Power. If you can feel it and that bothers you, it's pretty simple to fix. On the other hand, think about all the morons who thought that because they took the magazine out, the gun was not loaded. Then they proceeded to kill their friend or loved one.

The lock and mag safety both serve a particular purpose, but the responsibility is on the person who owns the gun to make sure that person covers the bases. I've talked with lock gun owners who had children in their house and I would tell them to keep that key on a chain around their neck, just in case the weapon was needed in an emergency.

Hopefully I have not misrepresented any thing of S&W's or the forum. It's all from memory. The rest is opinion.
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I hope to own one someday too... a 10-shot Model 617... but it will be an oldie with the stainless cylinder or nothing. Yes, hard to find for sure, but I'm old and can't get past certain unmentionable nouveau features.
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Last word on the lock.
I don't like ammo failures, duds. I don't like ammo that might lock up do to primer blow-back, loading your ammo is trail and error. Or safety lock-up for what ever the reason. I have experienced some of this.

When the S&W lock first appeared I just didn't like the look of a hole on the left side of the gun. Not good. So I shied away for any purchase with the lock. However, when I did buy two other S&W guns with the lock, I installed the plug on the both guns with the lock. A 586 and a 686. To me it is more of the looks than any lock failure. But the plug covers both events. I like the 'Plug' and would add another one if the next gun needed one.

Now my Springfield TRP has a grip hammer lock, but I never think about it. Taurus handguns have a hammer lock on the back of the hammer. That would not bother me on a Smith & Wesson. So for me it is mostly Cosmetic. That's all I'm goina say about that.

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The bug has hit me that I need to get a 617 10-shot .22LR. The online reviews I've seen of them all seem to be pretty positive. But I wanted to ask you all, because I know you won't sugar coat your thoughts on it. Anything bad I should watch out for?
Short answer, No. I bought my 617-6 with a 4" barrel five years ago. No problems with it at all. About a year or two later, I found out, on this site, that some of the barrels left the factory canted. I'd been shooting mine and never noticed it, but once I took a closer look, by Jove, mine was canted. About 1 or 2 degrees. Had no impact whatsoever on how it shot at the distances I shoot it. A non-issue for me. Ditto for the whole beat-to-death lock issue.

It is my favorite 22LR revolver, and the prime reason I sold my Ruger Single Ten.

My only tip is to put a piece of painter's tape on the cylinder when you're cleaning the chambers so you don't lose track of which have already been cleaned. Sounds silly, but when you put 10 holes in the cylinder, it is possible to forget where you started.

Other than that, buy it and have fun shooting it. I'm not very good with handguns, but the 617 makes me seem like I'm more accurate than I really am. The 617 is a great gun.

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There is a black one (6" 617) for sale in my area. Has to be a Cerakote job. Interesting, but I'll pass.
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Like all guns, these are tough to find right now. Two LGSs have the 6", but I want the 4" after thinking on it. The search is on to find one at realistic price.
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The only potential problem is occasionally you will get a K Frame 22 where the chambers are tight, and after 2 or 3 cylinder full's might have sticky extraction. This is a historical problem with S&W 22's going back to the 30's. It is easily resolved by having the chambers reamed with a standard finishing reamer by someone knowledgeable. Other than that I see no downsides to any K Frame 22, especially the 617 10 shot.

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I bought my 617 6" a couple of years ago. Glad I got it then - price is up almost $200 from the retail I paid. Currently I have a Sig Romeo 5 on it - a bit big, but actually helps bring the balance point back a little from the weight of the full lug. Almost boringly accurate with practically any .22 I use in it.
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The only danger is that you might fall in love again.
Something is wrong with the white balance, it's plain stainless steel.
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There is a black one (6" 617) for sale in my area. Has to be a Cerakote job. Interesting, but I'll pass.

Maybe youíll get lucky and itís really a model 17 full lug.


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The 617 is a must if you want to improve your revolver skills, especially double action shooting. Go for it.
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Maybe youíll get lucky and itís really a model 17 full lug.
I kinda doubt that. He's a collector selling off a chunk of his collection and one would think he'd know the difference. I took a good hard look at his hi-res photo and my best guess is Cerakote.

I'm guessing he wanted a Model 17-8 and this was the closest he could get.
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Got a decent deal on a 10 shot 4" a while back and have no real complaints. I did add the WO rear sight and will probably do something to make the front sight stand out a bit more. If you come across one don't hesitate long. Most times they sell quickly when not exorbitantly priced.
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I shoot a 4” with a red dot and a 6” with a fiber optic front sight both have Hogue grips. Both have 12 lb return springs. Both have locks with no problems. The lock will never stop me from buying a S&W. A Ruger with a better trigger I would love to shoot it. Not saying it’s impossible but show me.
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I have a 617-4 6" with a Weigand rail and a Romeo red dot. Before I put the sight on, it shot 1/2"- 1" groups at 15-25 yards off a solid rest, stock sights, with nearly any ammo I tried in it. About 500 rounds through it with the factory sights. Because of current conditions, I've not yet seen what it can do with the Romeo.
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I recently traded for a 617-6, 4”. Am very happy. Superb trigger, no extraction issues, more accurate than I am.

Now if I could just shoot more often......
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