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  1. I started carrying a 329PD after a very close moose encounter and I hike a lot in bear country. While I liked it for it's lite weight, The 329 broke a few times when practicing with it and stung like a hive of hornets with full power loads, even with different grips. I'd rather shoot my 4" 500 single handed ! I just couldn't depend on it, so it was sold for a big loss after getting it back from S&W. I ended up buying a Taurus 444ULT. After beating the crap out of it and suffering no failures, I bought another one and don't worry about reloading , as I carry them both in a double shoulder rig now. While I've never shot them in a comp(Don't have enough loaders or a proper holster), I've shot them both at steel practices with friends, using 44 spcl 200 grn coated loads. While it has and can be done, I wouldn't want to shoot a match with the 329 and 44 mag loads. That would make me think twice at getting into the revolver game. SJC
  2. Ghost for me too. My 929 draw's quick & clean and is secure when locked. Offered in left hand too. SJC
  3. I had some of the same brass issues as others with my 929. Misfires, 20% chamber fit failure and tight extraction. To stop all of the BS, I've been using nickel plated brass and CED .040" moonclips. I get about 10 reloads before the brass starts to have some failures. Now I enjoy shooting my 929, instead of complaining about it. SJC
  4. CYM I've had Taurus revolvers that had better machining than my 929. Nothing that money, polishing and sweat couldn't fix. Too much to list. 4 and I'm being gracious. SJC
  5. I've always preferred shooting, carrying and working on revolvers, so it just seemed natural to shoot them in competition. Thankfully some revolver manufacturers decided to make eight shot models to keep the sport going. I do appreciate a fine crafted bottom feeder, but I just don't get that warm and tingly feeling shooting them. SJC
  6. I more than Hate the psychos that Kill people and then kill themselves afterwards !!! The latest ambush killing of the California police officer really pissed me off. SJC
  7. I had the barrel of my 327JM tighten up and bind the cylinder after two range sessions. If the issue is a loose barrel, by the barrel/sleeve tool & feeler gauge set so you don't have to send it to S&W for repair. SJC
  8. I tested a C-more with an 8 moa dot and liked that size for steel plate shooting. I'm in the process of setting up a 617 for RFPO. As my depleted 2018 shooting funds didn't allow for a C-more purchase, I did find a good price for a new Fast Fire 3. I also ordered a raptor engineering mount after reading up on them from past posts here, and will hopefully have it set up next week. SJC
  9. If you take a look at the BC Armory website, you'll see what I'm talking about. They remove a lot of material from their 617 cylinders.
  10. That looks good, but I've seen pics of other 617 cylinders with a lot more metal removed. I don't know how those cylinders held up to a lot of use though ? Did you weigh the cylinder before and after machining it ? I'm not expecting miracles, but I know a lighter cylinder takes less poundage to move and speed is the name of the game. SJC
  11. I've done pretty much everything to it to get a 7lb DA trigger pull, but have been only able to get it to 7.5 lbs with reliable ignition. I'm looking into having the cylinder weight reduced to get there. Would it be worth getting the cylinder machined to see if I can get that 1/2 Lb reduction I'm looking for ? SJC
  12. BMT hands down. Worth every penny and more.
  13. I would watch with lightening the recoil spring on your .40. Without a buffer, you'll be subjecting the Poly frame to excessive recoil force, which will definitely cause issues.
  14. I only shot my 617 at steel practice tonight. I stacked my thumbs and kept my right thumb right between the cylinder and the trigger. I have to make a mental note to do it each time though and my support hand thumb was getting ahead of the cylinder. Now I wear a thin kevlar/leather glove on my right hand to avoid burning my thumb in case it gets ahead of the cylinder. Thanks for the advice. Once I get a side plate that fit's, I'll be able to make some type of rest and be golden. I figured the larger X grip would take care of it, but it didn't. This gun wasn't made for shooters with big hands, but I'll get it to fit me one way or another. SJC
  15. I had issues test firing primer only with the .035 moon clips. The .040 worked a lot better. I could get it to 6 lbs with primer only ignition, but had to bump it to 7 lbs to get reliable ignition with live ammo.
  16. Side plate didn't fit. Said it was for a 617, but maybe for an earlier model with a different frame ? My Quest continues. SJC
  17. On the left side (opposite the cylinder release) of a revolver, there's a whole bunch of real estate. Like I said, I have big mitt's. I have a high grip, so when I grip the 617, I cover the pistol and my support thumb inadvertently hits the cylinder , or when I grip lower with my support hand, my trigger finger. I have no problem with my 929. I can draw and shoot with no issues. When I'm shooting my 617, Even from the low position, I have to make a concerted effort to get a proper grip and it's screwing me up. I found and bought a used side plate, so now I can do some testing and hopefully make it work. SJC
  18. Your opinion was asked for, so I harbor no ill will for you responding. Obviously revolvers aren't for you. I've been shooting and competing for over 40 yrs and still I enjoy shooting revolvers. Most bottom feeder shooters don't have the patience to actually learn how to shoot a revolver, as it takes skill. Skills that would make Most bottom feeder shooters better shooters, if they learned to master a wheel gun before going off and buying the latest bottom feeding blaster and becoming a spray and pray zombie. Look at the master shooters and see where they started out. They earned their titles, they didn't buy them, as most shooters nowadays seem to think they can. I went to some USPSA matches and could've made a mint if I sold rags to wipe the tears that the grown men were crying when they realized that they were just like everyone else ! That's not fun in my book. SJC
  19. Being I'm left handed and have big mitts, I'm finding that my support hand thumb is interfering with my trigger finger and/or the cylinder when I'm gripping my 617. When I shoot my 929, My right hand thumb is placed behind the right side cylinder shroud, with my left hand thumb on top of it. A half ass'd stacked thumb grip that works well for me. When I try this method with my 617, my right hand thumb will rub on the cylinder, because the cylinder shroud doesn't extend out past the cylinder. Being that my thumbs are positioned on the right side of the pistol, there's a lot of real estate to mount some type of thumb rest/shroud extension onto the side plate. I read the rimfire rules and can't find anything that says it can't be done, but I still couldn't confirm if it would be illegal to have some type of thumb rest/ shroud extension to stop my thumb from hitting the cylinder on my 617. What says the officials here ?
  20. Being I live and compete in the prison state of NY, I can tell you that the magazine restriction hasn't added to the number of revolver shooters signing up to shoot at the matches I attend. The 10 round Mag capacity restriction has no effect on revolver round capacity. Semi auto's only. I think the mag ban has made Single stack shooter numbers grow more. The only way to get most of the bottom feeder shooters to even touch a revolver, is to ban all semi auto's. Even then, some would rather quit shooting then touch a revolver !
  21. I didn't try the ultra match, was too rich for my wallet. Tried all of the lower priced match Ammo and found that Fed automatch was 100% in my 617. Champion was the 2nd. Both also extracted 100% after over 400 rounds fired. No luck with any of the other major brands. Plated or lead. The Apex hammer is smoother than silk. I fit and polished it with no issues. It's a work of art.
  22. I tried the stock pin again on your recommendation. Never looked back. I'm using a 12lb return spring. I tried 10 to 14lb. I tried a couple of different cylinder shims and settled on the .002 . The biggest improvement has been with the purchase of the Apex mass hammer. After this weekend's match, I'll have a few weeks between matches to have it looked at.
  23. Let me start off with that I've been working on center fire S&W revolvers for a long time. .22 revolvers aren't my thing, but It's a Smith, so I figured I'd take a stab at it. What I'm trying to do is make my 617 a carbon copy of my comp 929, especially the 7lb trigger pull. I cannot get my 617 to function reliably with any type/brand of ammo, with a trigger pull under 8lbs. I've tried over 20 types/brands of ammo. I polished the internals and It's smoother than a Ho's tongue. I will have over 3k rounds fired after tomorrows steel practice, and this weekends 8 stage steel match. It currently has the Apex mass hammer, comp spring kit, Ext firing pin, and I just recently spaced the cylinder to remove 95% end shake. I'm currently using the stock firing pin, as it's been functioning better with it. Am I missing/ overlooking something, asking too much, or is this the lightest trigger I can expect to have with a 617 ? I'm a stubborn bastard , but since this is a comp only pistol, I'm open to sending it out to someone more knowledgeable with .22 revolvers, if the elusive 7lb trigger pull can be achieved. Any help, advice or smith recommendation's would be appreciated. Thanks, SJC
  24. I don't care what others do or say. I shoot revolvers because I like how they look, like shooting them and will probably shoot them till I die, regardless if anyone else is shooting them. I just got back into shooting/competing in steel challenge with my 617 22lr and am happier than a pig in poop. I'm all revolver for 2018 and wouldn't have it any other way.
  25. I bought 5 speed beez loaders and two of the 100rd block's/Box's. Been very happy with my purchase. The only downside, is that you'll go through a lot more ammo using any type of speed loader, compared to loading them by hand !!
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