I also own a 6" 617 and have to agree with Driftwood. The thing is too heavy for a .22. Thought it would make a good trainer for my L-frames, but the balance is different and the trigger is way heavier. It is nice to look at, but that's about it. Too pretty and heavy to rattle around with and no fun to shoot. Mine is the pre-lock 6-shooter. I'm not into heirlooms; at this point I'd be happier with a Charter Arms Pathfinder.