See you like the Auto - Rim cases. Years ago with a M 1917 I used them a lot, but they went with the gun when traded. Now one of the things I like most about my 625 is the moon clips. Makes it easy to retreve brass and loads much faster. Brass is cheap too.
I may get some AR's though so I can use the gun in SSR class. Were did you get them and cost ?
You never know 1700 bucks when I paid 550 including all fees for this one in January ? I have never considered the 3 digit Smiths collectable, good guns but not something I would buy to put away. That kind of money you can get a nice collectable gun. Although there were not many of them made and if somebody is hot to own one it could happen I guess. Go to a custom gunsmith and start paying for alterations and it's not a lot of money.