Update on my Malfunctioning S&W 617-6

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by roval, Feb 11, 2022.

  1. roval

    roval Member

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    I bought the gun last December and had 2 big issues and a minor one. 1-5 misfires per cylinder due to light primer strikes, out of time cylinder with lead spitting and a slightly canted barrel. Spent 6 weeks at the factory to the day from arrival and departure. They fixed the canted barrel, the timing issue and the light primer strikes. Second cylinder with CCI had 2 misfires and had me cursing but it was likely the ammo or some debris moving out of the way as it never repeated after more than 300 rds.
    Wish they had value added experience to the return. I am glad it is functioning now to how it should have left the factory in the first place but they could have polished off some of the scratches from the manufacturing and I think i found a new scratch on the frame underneath the cylinder. No biggie but would have been appreciated.

    service performed: cut forcing cone
    repair yoke
    adjust barrel alignment
    replace extractor

    boy that trigger is heavy. now that it is working i can order a lighter rebound slide spring.

     
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  2. Riomouse911

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    Hopefully S&W came through and got everything done right. :thumbup: Nothing is more frustrating than going to shoot a new gun and finding out it isn’t reliable, accurate or otherwise a disappointment. Especially one of those awesome 6” 617’s, those look really cool. :)

    Stay safe.
     
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  3. roval

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    everything works now. i just placed an order for a 12 lb rebound slide spring.
     
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    That’s good that they fixed it. S&W came very close to losing me as a customer over a canted barrel on a model 60 Pro. They just couldn’t seem to fix right. Once they did get it half***ed fixed I sold it since I didn’t want to think about all the BS I dealt with to get the gun fixed.
     
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    I’m the same way when I lose faith in a gun after a series of issues pop up. I’ve sold a modified Victory model, PPK/s and a few other long guns and handguns without a second thought when they let me down.

    Roval, I took some 1000 grit wet-dry sandpaper on a square wood block to the rebound slide and areas close to it when I replaced springs in my S&W revolvers. It really takes the rough edges off and made that slide feel as smooth as glass. Just a thought…

    Let us know how the action feels when your done :thumbup:

    Stay safe..
     
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  6. roval

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    i will try that. i took off the side plate before bringing it to the range just to look and wiped it down and a little of the grittiness disappeared.
     
  7. DS-10-SPEED

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    Glad to hear it's working better. I found with my 617's (I have 3) that they need to be really broke in and very smooth in order to go as light as a 12lb rebound otherwise the trigger return is very slow or in the case of a new gun, sometimes not return at all. You can make it return faster by putting in a lighter hammer spring but then you may have to deal with more misfires. I like a stronger trigger pull, I use a 13lb or 14lb rebound spring in mine and prefer to leave the hammer spring stock, I'm after speed and reliability for the speed shooting sports I do. I also do what Riomouse911 did to the slide to smooth it out. Have fun with your new 617, once you get it dialed in I'm sure it will be your favorite.
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