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.Frankly I like the 617 -2 s better.
This might help:How does one identify an S&W 617 made for 617 Ashland Shooting Supplies?
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:Nice looking 617, was it ever fired?
You're right, but it was fun while it lasted.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.