I've had the exact 617 you describe since May of 2003. Since that time I've put over 10K rounds through it with zero problems. It is superbly accurate & utterly reliable. I'd buy another in a heartbeat!brent_bowser said:Hi I was wondering about the Taurus model 617ss2 stainless 2 inch in seven shot 357 mag. Does anyone know anything about this gun any problems they might have with it, I was deciding between it and the smith and wession 686 plus which is a seven shot also in the same caliber, but almost twice the money, which gun do u think will hold up better. thanks.