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S&W Model 63 Value?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Flint Ridge, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Looking at one around 1980, Pinned barrel, box, tools and doc's been fired some, looks to be in decent shape.

  2. billybob44

    billybob44 Well-Known Member

    Model 63??

    The S&W Model 63 has always been of interest to me, although I have never owned one.

    Pros: Very fast .22 Jet round=Max explosive effects!
    Can shoot .22LR. loads (If you have the inserts)

    Cons: Very loud round to shoot (If shot without ear protection)
    The .22 Jet Factory rounds very hard to find+pricey/.22 Jet brass the same.
    There have been a lot of stories of the cyl. locking up with the Jet loads, due to case set back.-The tapered cases are known to set back, due to the extreme taper of the case. (.357 diameter case necked down to .22 cal.)
    I have seen them priced $800.00-$1200.00=To me-Kind of high for a revolver that may or not hang up on shooting...Just my 2 cents worth..Bill..:eek:;)
  3. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Well this one is a .22 long rifle only.

    Would not be interested in the Jet cartridge. I already have one odd ball rifle around here that you can't find ammo for...
  4. RUT

    RUT Well-Known Member

    >>Very fast .22 Jet round=Max explosive effects<<

    That's a Model 53.
  5. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    63 is a J frame revolver in 22lr.
    I am on my second one, both early models, both seemingly made of the early S&W stainless which has a tendency to gall. About three cylinderfuls and you have to do a little lube/clean to keep shooting. It has become my "farm" gun, carried a lot, shot a little. I have others to burn ammo with.
  6. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    For some reason, that escapes me, they seem to bring an exorbitant amount of money.
    I've seen them on gunbroker go for $1200.

    To me, that's just crazy. But any S&W revolver from that time in great shape, will be pricey.
  7. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Unless there is something really special and you value no lock a lot, I can't see a price that exceeds the current Model 63. Price is about $550-$650. I just bought a new one, but I understand I got a good deal. So, my price really has no bearing.
  8. billybob44

    billybob44 Well-Known Member

    You are EXACTLY right==Brain Fart by billybob44++++Thanks Rut...
  9. RUT

    RUT Well-Known Member

    >>You are EXACTLY right==Brain Fart by billybob44<<

    We'll just call it temporary dyslexia. :)
  10. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Uh oh - galling that would not be good and a waste of $$$.

    Anybody else have info on this matter?
  11. bhk

    bhk Well-Known Member

    I have an early 63 that was made with a flash chromed hammer and trigger. I have not experienced any galling at all. I also frequent the Smith and Wesson Forum and have never heard of galling issues on this model mentioned there. I have heard of this issue on early stainless semi-autos.
  12. JFrame

    JFrame Well-Known Member

    I have a S&W 63 with 4" barrel which I bought used in 1981. I have not experienced the referenced galling either.

    The 63 is on my short list of "the one handgun I would keep if I could only keep one."

  13. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Ok, getting a better feeling here. Really seems to be the earliest of the early ones. Not sure when they started flash chromed hammers/etc.

    May have to try this one out.
  14. bhk

    bhk Well-Known Member

    I think the earliest ones had the flash chromed hammers. Mine was made in late 1980 or early 81 and has the flash-chromed hammers. The Model 63 began production in 1977.
  15. Prosser

    Prosser Well-Known Member

    I bought one used for 300 dollars. Sold it for about the same. Don't know if it was big hands not being able to fit the little J frame.

    Was VERY inaccurate, with a variety of ammunition. Don't like inaccurate guns. Had a 3"
    barrel, maybe a new barrel would have fixed it. Trigger, SA, was no creep, and less then 3 pounds. Weird experience with it.
  16. RUT

    RUT Well-Known Member

    >>Was VERY inaccurate, with a variety of ammunition<<

    The Model 63 was a "plinker", and never intended for bullseye shooting.
  17. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    I would look for stainless Rossi 51 or 515 instead. One in excellent shape can be had for around $200.
  18. oldfool

    oldfool Well-Known Member

    Dollar value (the old model) is unfortunately driven by collector syndrome, rather than by shooter value. That and woobie factor (for me a whole lot of woobie factor). They get rarer every year it seems, and pricier. Like rimfire-22 said, the old ones (in excellent condition) are costing more than the new ones are now.

    I have no idea what the galling thing is either, mine doesn't, nor do any of the other SS S&Ws I own (j-60, k-66s), although might not be all that totally unexpected, as someone said, in an autoloader slide if run tight and dry.

    Accuracy must vary. Mine shoots head to head with my k-17s (meaning great), despite 4" vs. 6" barrel sight radius for mine eyes. Decent DA trigger too, though not a k-trigger, as not expected. Having "too small" hands probably is an asset to the shooter (me) in this particular case. Bought mine LNIB "maybe unfired" about 3 years ago, a $500 nose bleed, but the woobie bear was gnawing hard on me. No regrets. Like j-frame said.

    Never had any luck myself finding those Rossi versions for $200, (or finding hardly any of 'em period); looked for 'em, would have liked to sample one, but don't need one now. You can only have just so much fun.

    Ready to find out how well a model 651 does for me. Sometimes you eat the woobie bear, sometimes the woobie bear eats you. Time to find out, I ain't getting any younger.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011
  19. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    I have a 63 no dash model also, 4 inch barrel, and never experienced any "galling." It's reasonably accurate but I don't shoot it competitively, just at tin cans and paper. It's a lot of fun to shoot.
  20. Saragosa

    Saragosa Member

    I have an early 4" stainless no-dash. No galling whatsoever and it will shoot minute of snake at 20 yards all day, but I have small hands. I'm like JFrame above, it's the last gun I would ever let go of. $1200 might turn my head, but only slightly. Maybe lots of folks feel this way and that's one of the reasons they're so highly valued. It's the 'sweetest' handgun I own.

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