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I am having a hard time picking which one is better the 4 or 6 inch. I have heard the 6 inch is heavy but more accurate. I have a 617 thats 4 inch I would like to move up to a longer barrel but don't know if its too front heavy? I think I would buy the stainless matte finish over the blued.
 

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I am having a hard time picking which one is better the 4 or 6 inch. I have heard the 6 inch is heavy but more accurate. I have a 617 thats 4 inch I would like to move up to a longer barrel but don't know if its too front heavy? I think I would buy the stainless matte finish over the blued.
I assume by saying "I have a 617 thats 4 inch", you mean a S&W 617(22lr), not a Taurus 617(357mag), correct? The 6" 992 will be a bit front heavy, but (in theory) should be more accurate at longer distances, given the longer sight radius and barrel. And, since you already have the S&W with a 4" barrel, I would think a 992 in 4" would be a bit redundant.

However, the thing with the 992 is that it is designed to accommodate both 22lr and 22mag ammunition. The 22mag is ever so slightly larger in diameter (and someone please correct me if I am wrong, here, as I am always willing to learn), so the barrel bore will be optimized for that round, and the 22lr will be ever so slightly "loose" (for lack of a better term) in the barrel. That said, I'm not sure how much more accurate the 6" 992 will be (using 22lr ammo), when compared to the 4" 617, which is optimized for the 22lr cartridge.

Now, the 992 is a fine gun from what I have read here, but if getting the best possible accuracy over longer distances using 22lr ammo is your primary objective, you might want to look for a 22lr dedicated revolver. Just my opinion, though.
 

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What are you going to use it for? Will some extra velocity and accuracy be worth the extra weight?
 

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Yes that's correct I have the S&W 617. I primarily want it to replace the 617 as I only shot that gun less than 500 times. I just don't know how front heavy it will be, no gun shops have it in stock I have to special order. I have picked up the 4 inch and it's nice. I plan to use it as a training/target gun. I have a mark iii I use a lot but I love revolvers and want to use the 992.
 

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People can come up with all sorts of reasons why they recommend one over the other, velocities, sight radius etc etc. The most important is to look at both and decide which appeals to you more. It doesn't matter if it is similar to another that you all ready have.
 

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I'll break out the smith and check the balance on it. I do love the 6.5 inch look but it could be too heavy. I have handle several 4 inch barrels and they balance nicely. I think I'll stick to stainless matte finish most research I did people say they like it better. Though the blue is nice...
 

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So what did you decide to get
Personally I went with the blued 6 inch. Not as barrel heavy as one would think and the accuracy super nice out at distance. Hitting wall chunks of 2 x4 st 50 and beyond with regularity. Rested on range bag I can hit Gatorade bottles out a 90 to 100. Very nice gun.

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I've got a 1999 vintage Tracker 970 with a 6" tube. Appears to be a similarly sized frame as the 992.

I can definitely say the 970 was out of balance and very front-heavy with the factory grips. For me, at least, the factory grips are much too small given the size/weight of the frame. It was hard to hold the revolver on target.

Today, I switched the factory grips for Pachmayr Diamond Pro grips, MPN 02473. These grips immediately caused the 970 to balance out. They are thicker, wider and longer over the factory grips.

I brought the gun to the range today, and what a difference the new grips make - it's much easier to hold the muzzle on target, and the 970 no longer feels front-heavy.

Pics of the 970 with the factory and then with the Pachmayr grips:






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I have the 6" 992. The weight does not bother me and it is a very accurate revolver. Both of my granddaughters shoot it without any problems. Attaching a picture of my oldest granddaughter when she was 12. She is a pretty good shooter.

 

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I prefer the 6in model. Its accurate enough to easily pop squirrels without putting up much effort in doing so.

Recently, I've been trying out the new pachmayr grips that came out for it.

 

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I can only relate my experience. I received a Mdl 992B4 in 10/2013. This gun has a deep, dark, beautiful, blued finish rivaling any that S&W® ever produced. The gun balances well OWB @ 3 o'clock and excellent in the hand too. I'm consistently popping grouse in the head at 15+ yards with the 22LR so I'd say it's plenty accurate for field use. With the 22 WMR, I'm smacking soda cans at 50 yds consistently.

I have no regrets...
 
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