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Posted: 8/14/2023 2:11:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 154incher]
I have gone out and shot this pistol just about every day since I purchased it. It's my new favorite that makes me smile every time I press the trigger.
What other .22 double actions compare / compete with this one?
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Link Posted: 8/14/2023 2:29:47 PM EST
[#1]
Nothing compares to a 617. They cost a lot because they are worth it. Nice grips btw.
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 2:35:12 PM EST
[#2]
Really old 17's.....
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 2:45:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: wildearp] [#3]
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 2:59:47 PM EST
[#4]
I bought this Ruger new model single six about a week prior to getting the 617. While it is a lot of fun, I still enjoy shooting the 617 more.  If it weren't for the .22 WMR cylinder, I'd probably sell it.
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Link Posted: 8/14/2023 3:01:00 PM EST
[#5]
I added a 407c to my 617.

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Link Posted: 8/14/2023 3:10:04 PM EST
[#6]
very nice!  I may have been bitten by the S&W revolver bug. The need for a 686 and a 629 intensifies.
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 6:27:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By rrbgeb:
Really old 17's.....
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Agree. Stainless is hideous blue even once it acquires some wear looks so much better. Unless you live in a swamp blue is far more durable than people give it credit for.

I have shot and owned a number of old classic 22 revolvers, and the 1940’s-60’s era 17’s and masterpieces are some of the most elegant and accurate guns ever made.

I will also say I have spent some time with a colt officers model match 22 from the 50’s and it too was divine.

Despite my hatred for stainless will admit the 617 is a terrific gun.

For me, the ultimate 22 would be the old classic 17 ( no under lug, no lock proper blue) with a ten shot cylinder
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 6:39:48 PM EST
[#8]
The 617 is a league of its own. I enjoy my 6”. I wouldn’t mind a 4” also.

The 63 is enjoyable as a smaller revolver. I also enjoy Single Sixes.

After that, I’m a Ruger Mark fan.
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 8:28:26 PM EST
[#9]
I love my 4” 617 but I start having ejection issues after about the third or fourth cylinder in a range session.  Brass gets really hard and obnoxious to eject.  Maybe it’s just exceptionally dirty ammo?
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 9:14:50 PM EST
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Originally Posted By rrbgeb:
Really old 17's.....
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Pre 17 k22 in my safe.
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 9:17:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Neon_Horse:
The 617 is a league of its own. I enjoy my 6”. I wouldn’t mind a 4” also.

The 63 is enjoyable as a smaller revolver. I also enjoy Single Sixes.

After that, I’m a Ruger Mark fan.
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If I had to sell one of the two, the 63 would stay and the K22 would have to go to a loving home.   I like the 4” over the 6”.
Link Posted: 8/14/2023 11:21:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By vteng10:
I love my 4” 617 but I start having ejection issues after about the third or fourth cylinder in a range session.  Brass gets really hard and obnoxious to eject.  Maybe it’s just exceptionally dirty ammo?
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This is a very common issue with S&W 22 revovlers going back decades.

A lot of people on S& W forum talk about using a finishing reamer in the chambers to take care of it.
Also very ammo dependent- better quality ammo tends to do this less.

Most buy the cheapest bulk crap they can find to run plinking 22’s and it is really an injustice to these fine guns

My ammo preferences in order of price

Lapua pistol king or pistol osp
SK pistol match or pistol match special
Eley club or contact
CCI standard
Aguila super extra standard or high velocity solids
Anything else CCI

If desperate federal

I won’t shoot armscor Remington or Winchester unless it is free
Link Posted: 8/15/2023 12:41:48 PM EST
[#13]
Love my 617.
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Link Posted: 8/15/2023 1:11:53 PM EST
[#14]

Mine!  Very accurate!

Link Posted: 8/15/2023 5:58:02 PM EST
[#15]
OP, I really love the grips, what are they?

I adore my 617, I think I bought it new when they were around six hundo.  I have a really excellent DeSantis Dual Hunter (I think?) holster that wears either strong side or cross and it's just the BEST.  That being said, I have a six inch and I REALLY think I wish I would have picked up the 4 instead.  6 is a whole bunch of extra barrel and weight if it's going to be out camping and such, but perfect for playing at the range.
Link Posted: 8/15/2023 8:46:34 PM EST
[#16]
They are VZ grips.  Here's the model number on the package the grips came in. I am also conflicted a little on the 6" or 4" barrel, but my primary use is range fun, so I guess 6" is just fine for now. In typical arfcom fashion, I may have to eventually get a 4" and own both!

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Link Posted: 8/15/2023 8:52:06 PM EST
[#17]
I originally wanted to go with some handsome wood grips from Hogue, but a friend of mine sold me these new VZ grips he had no use for that were laying in his closet. I do like the way they compliment the stainless finish of the revolver.
Link Posted: 8/16/2023 7:10:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: Seven-Shooter] [#18]
I use a 4" SP101 .22 LR for the same purposes as your 617; here it is wearing wooden Hogue Cocobolo grips:

Full size non-CCW grips are a PITA to find for that frame size.

Your 617 is no doubt a better gun, but for the price difference I am not sure I can wring out the capability difference in them, so my SP101 will do for me.  But I've shot the hell out of this little thing; it's now an "always" gun for range trips.
Link Posted: 8/16/2023 7:44:50 PM EST
[#19]
17's and 18's are very nice but this is still my best shooter with the best trigger.

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Link Posted: 8/17/2023 6:09:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: Andyd] [#20]
The S&W 17 and Colt OMM can be compared to the 617.





The S&S is another gun that falls into the same group of well built rimfire revolvers.


The Korth is a couple of steps above the aforementioned guns.


Link Posted: 8/17/2023 6:16:18 AM EST
[#21]
Always a good choice.
Link Posted: 8/20/2023 2:29:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: SDGlock23] [#22]
I bought mine last year and I love it  and other than grips, only thing I've done is add a Dawson Precision fiber optic front.


Link Posted: 8/21/2023 6:39:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 154incher:
I bought this Ruger new model single six about a week prior to getting the 617. While it is a lot of fun, I still enjoy shooting the 617 more.  If it weren't for the .22 WMR cylinder, I'd probably sell it.
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Smith still makes a 648 in .22WMR. I used a lock-delete kit on mine & it blends nicely.

648 is an 8-shot too, which I like.
Link Posted: 8/21/2023 6:42:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 154incher:
They are VZ grips.  Here's the model number on the package the grips came in. I am also conflicted a little on the 6" or 4" barrel, but my primary use is range fun, so I guess 6" is just fine for now. In typical arfcom fashion, I may have to eventually get a 4" and own both!

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Sandbag your shots on the 6" turn at the range. I bet you'll be surprised at how well it does at 50 yards, often beyond.
Link Posted: 8/21/2023 7:03:15 PM EST
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Link Posted: 8/23/2023 6:55:26 PM EST
[#26]
The most accurate and best .22LR Revo I've ever shot (regularly) was my Grand-Pa's "Charter-Arms" 3" taper barreled 7 shot Nickel finished model. I have no idea of the model number and dumb-ass younger brother lost it (almost cracked his face) when I found out the truth after 2 years of questions as to where is it. That might be the most accurate handgun I've ever shot even...

But yea, a Smith M17 looks to be a good choice. Are they capable of shooting .22Magnum's as well. I don't know much about them but the cylinder looks to be long enough to shoot either LR or Mags, and shorts as well which is a plus if shooting CB Caps for pest control as well. I'm really interested in an M17 now. Thanks for posting OP!
Link Posted: 8/23/2023 7:08:39 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 10mmillie:
Nothing compares to a 617. They cost a lot because they are worth it. Nice grips btw.
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Laughs in S&W Model K-22. No lawyer locks, five screw design, hand made.
Link Posted: 8/24/2023 3:16:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
Laughs in S&W Model K-22. No lawyer locks, five screw design, hand made.
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I'll see that & raise a Colt Diamondback .22 4" bbl.
Link Posted: 8/24/2023 2:42:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By jmreagan:
The most accurate and best .22LR Revo I've ever shot (regularly) was my Grand-Pa's "Charter-Arms" 3" taper barreled 7 shot Nickel finished model. I have no idea of the model number and dumb-ass younger brother lost it (almost cracked his face) when I found out the truth after 2 years of questions as to where is it. That might be the most accurate handgun I've ever shot even...

But yea, a Smith M17 looks to be a good choice. Are they capable of shooting .22Magnum's as well. I don't know much about them but the cylinder looks to be long enough to shoot either LR or Mags, and shorts as well which is a plus if shooting CB Caps for pest control as well. I'm really interested in an M17 now. Thanks for posting OP!
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.22 Magnum is a bit larger than .22LR. Would have to have a separate fitted cylinder to use .22 mags. Plus , the reverse (.22 LR in a .22 Mag) doesn't work either. Chamber is enough larger that it generally will split the .22 LR case if fired in a Magnum.
Hence the Model 48.
Link Posted: 8/24/2023 5:40:47 PM EST
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Courtesy of the Detroit PD. [they bought them so the female officers could qualify but it was grieved and they had to use their service revolver caliber so they were sold off.] Still have the box somewhere that says DPD, I got it from the guy that ran Mi police supply.
Link Posted: 8/28/2023 12:35:58 PM EST
[#31]
I love rimfire revolvers and have a dan wesson mode,l 15 in 22lr.
Seems that if you shoot in decent volume you have trouble with extraction pretty early on.
Link Posted: 8/30/2023 3:03:25 AM EST
[#32]
Mine is currently at S&W for misfire issues.

I hope they fix it because it's a joy to shoot when it actually shoots.
Link Posted: 8/30/2023 7:57:16 AM EST
[#33]
How many here shoot mostly DA?
Link Posted: 8/31/2023 6:14:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: Andyd] [#34]
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Originally Posted By Bogdan:
How many here shoot mostly DA?
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I shoot rimfire revolver mostly in double action and that is the reason why I switched from my 1952 vintage K-22 to a post 1969 Korth. While a centerfire S&W revolver can have the trigger weight lightened and having the trigger characteristics improved with a little effort, the rimfire S&W revolvers are a different story.

You will have to do a whole lot of polishing to only have the working surfaces on a S&W that nicely finished and you still will not have exchangeable roller bearings to adjust stacking :).

Link Posted: 9/1/2023 5:19:05 AM EST
[#35]
Another noted gun if you can find that can compete or better is the Dan Wesson 22V pistol pac.
Link Posted: 9/1/2023 6:06:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Bogdan:
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I do save for hunting and shooting SA revolvers.

Now for .22, my old Colt OMM has a stupidly nice trigger. How much of it is due to the design and how much to it's age and use, I don't know.
Link Posted: 9/1/2023 7:09:25 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
Laughs in S&W Model K-22. No lawyer locks, five screw design, hand made.
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Like mine a lot but would swap for an excellent condition model 18.  My buddy has one his FIL passed on to him.  It’s a class act.

A 617 4” with a six chambered cylinder would be sweet.   The ten shot are icky.
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