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Old June 28, 2010, 09:04 PM   #1
qualfang
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Optics for a 617

Has anyone put optics on a S&W 617? Seems like a nice revolver to do so.

I'm replacing a Ruger MkII with a 10" Bull barrel, but would like to try a revolver, and the 617 seems like a pretty good starting point. My eyes are not as good as they once were, and i like to fire out to 50 yards, so i'm thinking of a 2-3x power long eye relief.

Any suggestions, cautions? Thanks!
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Old June 29, 2010, 09:23 AM   #2
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I like red-dot sights on my 617:



It's a 1" 4MOA UltraDot, mounted with a Jack Weigand mount. No magnification, unlimited eye relief, not as "wobbly" as a magnifying scope. I use it for Bullseye competitions--one handed, standing, unsupported, 50 and 25 yards.
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Old June 29, 2010, 09:59 AM   #3
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It's a Model 17-8, a close relation...

I was starting to have the same problem with my eyes, so I replaced the rear sight on my Smith with a custom drop-in scope mount, and came up with this:



Also experimented with a 4X scope, but discovered that the reduced field of view and very wobbly sight picture (while shooting standing, offhand) weren't worth the price of the magnification.

So 9 times out of 10, this revolver wears the red dot, as shown.

Hope you have heaps of fun with your 617!
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