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Old March 29, 2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Put money down on a S&W 617

I was in my local gun shop and inquired about my chances on getting my paws on a 6" bbl Smith and Wesson 617. They called their distributor and they had over 400 on order and were informed they expected some from S&W in April. They had gotten some in February which sold out pretty quickly. I decided to take a chance and placed $200 down and they ordered one for me.
I'm not really getting a great deal by paying full MSRP but I've been wanting one for awhile so I went for it. I've got my fingers crossed they will come through on time!
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Old March 29, 2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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I just picked one up at a Turner's Outdoorsman in California last Friday. I never ordered it. There was another one on the shelf at a different Turner's. So, you probably won't have to wait too long to get your hands on one.
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Old March 29, 2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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Don't worry about the price. Once you've put a few hundred rounds through the gun you'll wonder how you were able to live without one.
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Old March 29, 2013, 02:03 PM   #4
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Colt, That's good to hear! Did you get it for a good price? It seems like when it comes to Smith revolvers they are hard to get a decent discount, at least around here and in these times.
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Old March 29, 2013, 02:15 PM   #5
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Buzzcook said:"Don't worry about the price. Once you've put a few hundred rounds through the gun you'll wonder how you were able to live without one."

Yeah, that's really my thinking. The one firearm I don't have is a 22LR double action revolver (I have a Ruger Single Six and a S&W 22A) so it fills a need. I looked at the Taurus 992 convertible and other lesser guns but really didn't want to settle. I got my income tax refund so I can pay cash for is so why not? My buddy has an older 22lr S&W revolver with the full lug 8-3/8 barrel and it is a great shooter. This gun will also be a nice companion in my gun safe to my S&W 686+!
Insofar as price goes even last year when I priced them they were only about $30 less than I'm paying now.
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Old March 29, 2013, 03:39 PM   #6
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Always check out the M63.

I like mine better than my old K-22.

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Old March 29, 2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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Lavan,
What do you like about your Model 63 and why do you like it better than the k-22?
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Old March 29, 2013, 08:38 PM   #8
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I'm not Lavan, but I do have both a 617 and a 63 (and two 17s and an 18). The 63 is a fun gun, easy to carry or pack. My gripe about it is that the trigger is . . . a j-frame trigger, except worse since it's a rimfire.

A buddy of mine has one too, and he enjoys it more than the medium frames. But my feeling is that the k-frames are more fun to shoot, if less to carry.
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Old March 30, 2013, 11:43 PM   #9
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Bob,
Good choice! I have one I bought used a year or two back. It's a keeper for sure. I never warmed to M-18s or M-17s like I have to this revolver....such nice balance!

Congrats and wishing you a speedy delivery.

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Old March 31, 2013, 12:40 AM   #10
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Besides being an excellent gun you can look at it this way too - you'll shoot it for a long, long time, your kids will shoot it even longer and you might get to see the grand kids enjoying it.

It's a mind game I know but if you consider spreading the cost over three or four generations it's down right cheap! If you think you could have waited for a 'deal' think of all the time you'll be enjoying it instead of searching for one. And the price might even continue to go up - so this might actually be a 'good' deal.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:49 AM   #11
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DaleA said: "It's a mind game I know but if you consider spreading the cost over three or four generations it's down right cheap! If you think you could have waited for a 'deal' think of all the time you'll be enjoying it instead of searching for one. And the price might even continue to go up - so this might actually be a 'good' deal."
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That's kind of my thinking also. In the case of the 617 it is not exactly plentiful, at least in the shops with 100 miles of me. I usually see all kinds of Single Six and Taurus 22LR revolvers and not many with a barrel over 4" and by far the most 22 handguns I see are semi-autos. I only recall seeing a few 6" models in shops in the past 2 or 3 years. None were exactly value priced so it makes it hard to compare shop and go with the best deal.
I finally decided to stop the running around and haunting Gunbroker.com and GunsAmerica.com. The one time I got to bid on a NIB 617 on Gunbroker it shot through the roof to nearly $1000! This was disheartening so I chose not to bid on the next one I saw and that one went for less than $800. The few I saw on Gunsamerica I chose to buy were already spoken for by the time I tried to purchase. Even though they were priced right by the time I paid for shipping and handling and transfer fees the price was right up there anyway.
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Old March 31, 2013, 09:25 AM   #12
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My 4" 617 search experience is similar. I did stumble on a decent used 6" 617 a few years ago, but I turned around and sold it as I did not like the balance of the 6" full lug. On the search for a 4" 617 I finally bit the bullet and bought new at a gun show a couple of months ago.


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Old March 31, 2013, 09:37 AM   #13
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Got a suggestion for a accessory that you will like with that 617. Look up speedbeez speed loaders. They carry ammo blocks that you can prestage before you go shooting. And you will shoot it a lot!!!
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Old March 31, 2013, 10:18 AM   #14
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Mxsailor803 said: "Got a suggestion for a accessory that you will like with that 617. Look up speedbeez speed loaders. They carry ammo blocks that you can prestage before you go shooting. And you will shoot it a lot!!!"
Mxsailor,
Oh yes, I have already got them in my Amazon.com cart and will get them once I have my 617 in my sweaty hands. The beauty of any firearm, not just the AR15 platform, is the accessories you can get to enhance your enjoyment. Good thing I have several bricks of 22LR on hand as I will be needing them!
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Old March 31, 2013, 10:33 AM   #15
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You can't go wrong with a S&W revolver, you will like it.
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Old March 31, 2013, 01:14 PM   #16
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The trigger on my M63 is what sold me on it. Imperceptible overtravel and easily as smooth as my old mid 60s K-22.

Add the weight (or lack of) and it pleases me FAR more than the K did.

Plus women love to shoot it. (with all the attendant advantages of that )

Easily as accurate as the old blue K-22 also.

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Old March 31, 2013, 03:12 PM   #17
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It's been my experience that, although the trigger pulls in the single-action mode is similar on both frame sizes, the double-action pull on most K-frames is markedly superior to those found on most J-frames. In terms of accuracy, though the intrinsic accuracy of both frame sizes may well be equivalent, the larger K-frame is easier to shoot accurately for most shooters. In Bullseye matches through the years, you would have to look long and hard to have found a shooter competing with a J-frame revolver, whereas K-frames were common-place.
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Old March 31, 2013, 03:54 PM   #18
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Over the summer I got mine for $678+Tax/ship/trans = $735otd
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Old March 31, 2013, 05:10 PM   #19
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9mm said: "Over the summer I got mine for $678+Tax/ship/trans = $735otd"
9mm,
Yeah, I kept hearing about people picking up a new 617 for less than $700 but have not seen any here, even before the current madness. I have spent the past 6 weeks or so also looking online but that kind of deal is scarcer than hen's teeth! I kept poking around shops looking for a good used one but saw none. I'll buy new online but won't buy used unless I can handle the gun.
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Old April 1, 2013, 11:06 AM   #20
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Over the summer I got mine for $678+Tax/ship/trans = $735otd
Mine was about $10 more OTD.
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Old July 4, 2013, 04:48 PM   #21
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Located a 617 0n the third try.

My two local gun shots did not have any 617's.
I finally located one at Shoot Straight in West Palm Beach.
Although the one I got was the last one they had in stock, I felt the asking price of $759 was fair. (Mine has a 4" barrel.)
This model does seem hard to find, but is almost universally given high praise.
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Old July 8, 2013, 05:14 AM   #22
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My old 617 is going on twenty-five or so years old now.
After all those years and I don't know how many thousands of rounds I've put thru it....................it's still locks up tight...........just like it did way back when.
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Old July 8, 2013, 07:24 AM   #23
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My LGS always has at least one, every time I've been in. I traded mine (the same date this thread was started, ironically), and it is still there as well. So they have two, one used one new

Must be a location-specific thing. Not much demand here I guess.
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Old July 8, 2013, 07:48 AM   #24
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It's a high price item. My LGS has had one one forever.
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Old July 8, 2013, 08:56 AM   #25
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I shoot these two more than any of my other handguns, or rifles for that matter.

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