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Discussion Starter #22 (Edited)
Frankly I like the 617 -2 s better.
Well, I just bought an S&W Model 617-2 with an aluminum cylinder for $860.00. Another I was bidding on and missed out on sold for $760.00 an hour before my purchase. Both had the original labeled box. If I am not happy with the aluminum cylinder, I can buy a new stainless steel one for $150.00.

Right now a NIB S&W Model 617-4 can be had for $1,295 and an S&W Model 617-2 with a stainless steel cylinder can be had for $1,050.
 

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I have a 617 6" (no dash) THTT 6 shot, a 617-2 6" 10 shot with SS cylinder and a 617-6 4" 10 shot. I love them all but the 6 shot never gets used any more since I got into speed shooting sports.

I like the classic lines the -2 has over the newer (lock) models.
617-0 (top) stock - square butt
617-2 (middle) with LPA sight and Hogue wood grip
617-6 (bottom) with Burris FF3 on Allchin mount
 

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My 617-6 is one of my most accurate S&W's. It is a 6", and the weight seems to assist with the stay on target. I opted for a red dot, a Burris FastFire 2, which has been great, and automatically adjusts the dot brightness for optimum in the light environment you are in at the time. To me the lock is a non issue, and I ignore it, this is a target gun not a carry gun.
 

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Just purchased a 617 4" and it is a great shooter. Balance, with the full lug is perfect. The only thing I will change is the sights. My old eyes have a hard time picking up the black front sight and the rear sight appears a bit shallow. Just as an FYI, I picked up an Ansac 10 round speed loader and 130 round range block. My fat fingers are much happier. It is easier to load the range block than the the 10 shot cylinder.
 

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Welcome to the forum Fred! Glad you like the 617 and that the speed loader helps. Your gonna have lots of fun with that. :)
 

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Which one has the best collectability and how much would you pay for each one in very good to excellent condition:

S&W 617 no dash (6 rds) 8 3/8-inch barrel
S&W 617 no dash (6rds) 4-inch barrel
S&W 617-4 (10rds) 4-inch barrel
 

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Discussion Starter #31
How does one identify an S&W 617 made for 617 Ashland Shooting Supplies?
 

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I just purchased an S&W 617 (6-inch) made for Ashland Shooting Supplies.

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Nice looking 617, was it ever fired?
I'm not sure. I hope to talk to the seller sometime tonight. All I know about it is what was described in the ad:

S&W 617-4 no lock 10 shot revolver. 6" barrel. The underlug was cut back as shown in the photos. The finish was made matte.
 

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Well, what I thought was an S&W 617 Ashland. is not. It was modified by a gunsmith in Massachusetts, but was very well done.
 

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See pages 170-171 of the Standard Catalog, 3rd Edition. I won't comment S&W's lack of consistency in codes, model, & serial numbers. ;)
You're right, but it was fun while it lasted.

I just read on another forum that someone bought a new 7 shot S&W 617 in 2010, they sent it back to S&W to repair a cracked frame and it came back as a 6 shot, never heard of that one.

I wonder if he meant to say 686.
 
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