Taurus 617 .357 Mag.
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August 24, 2010 at 11:08 PM
Pros: Light, handy, ported to accept the full blown .357s.
Cons: The hand grip was a littly long for the size gun.
Recommended? YesI cut back the hand grip some to give it a shorter and more rounded feel. It now fits my CCW holsters better and I found it did not reduce the grip enough to increase felt recoil. I carry this and two speedloaders while camping or just being in the woods and feel well protected from the remote chance of attack by four or two legged critters.
October 23, 2009 at 06:44 AM
Pros: light weight, magnum power, excellent grips
Cons: fixed sights are way off. screws come loose.
Recommended? YesI like it and and keep it with me daily but . . . after less than 50 rounds of near max handloads, the face of the cylinder literally melted leaving deep burned gooves. I have shot over 500 of these same loads in a light weight steel .357 with no problem. Stay with 80% loads or less and it is not a problem. That's still way more than .38+P power. My particular gun shoots about 2" right and 3" high with all ammo at 15 yards. Much worse at farther but I really don't care about distances beyond that with a snubbie. The Ejector rod and the forward sideplate screw tend to come loose. If too loose, the gun will not function at all. In spite of these "negatives" I still like the looks, feel and performance. It's a keeper.
September 29, 2009 at 07:30 PM
Pros: Price, seven (7) rounds, grips, S/S finish, and decent weight allows for C.C. yet helps hold down recoil .
Cons: It is not an Smith M 19.
Recommended? YesI bought the 617 to replace my 35 year old S&W 21/2" M-19. Single action trigger pull as good as any of the Smith's on shelf. Double action not as smooth, but it is starting to smooth out with firing.
The 617 is very easy to shoot with 158 Gr. + P .38 special loads. After 50 rounds 125 Gr .357 loads my hand and forearm were getting sore, but I will carry this load for S/D and feel well armed. After 10 rounds of 158 Gr. .357 I unloaded the last 4 and called it a day.
The 158 Gr. Speer .357 is the "real deal" load, the recoil was a full push back and did not raise my arms to any degree.
I highly recommend the Taurus 617, keeping in mind what is was designed and manufactured for.
August 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM
Pros: 7 rounds of .357, same size as "j" framed 651, weight is simular to other steel revovlers
Cons: exposed hammer, revolvers are slower to reload and close range defense tool as most snubbies are, less "toys" to add and holsters and grips to choose from
Recommended? Yesi use mine for ccw when i'm not using my 651 a shrouded hammered .357 with crimson laser grips. My revolver is a "by myself" choice for ccw. When the wife is with me I go auto with my glock .27. I figure i've got to get her out of harms way before I can retreat to safety.
July 18, 2007 at 05:59 PM
Pros: Heavy hitter & very accurate. Natural pointer.
Cons: Difficult to find holsters would like to see front sight insert.
Recommended? YesI have the stainless steel model 617, which is heavier than the reviewed model, but absorbs recoil better because of the weight. Taurus makes a great product.
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