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detroit360
April 08, 2008, 21:15
Any body know about these revolers it is a 10 mm and I would like to know more about them, any one familiar with this gun

BUFF
April 08, 2008, 21:47
I bought one when they first came out about 12 years ago and still have it.

They are built on the large, stainless steel N frame and are six shots, adjustable sights, full length barrel underlug. The first batch were 5 and 6-1/2 inch barrels, and the recent batches are the same plus a 4 inch barrel variant.

Typical great S&W trigger pulls, outstanding accuracy. Like most double action revolvers chambered for 'rimless' autopistol cartridges, the M-610 works best with moon clips. You need them for shooting .40 S&W in the gun, and to eject 10mm Auto brass in normal revolver mode.

If you shoot a 10mm Auto pistol, a Model 610 revolver is a great addition to your armory. If you don't, you would probably be better served with a Model 29 or 629 (.44 Magnum) or Model 57 or 657 (.41 Magnum), as both are more powerful and can be downloaded to the 10mmAuto power level, while the reverse is not true.

detroit360
April 09, 2008, 02:08
Do they still make them? and can they be loaded to make them more powerful

richbug
April 09, 2008, 07:06
Originally posted by detroit360
Do they still make them? and can they be loaded to make them more powerful

They were just reintroduced this year. Like buff said they have been an off and on product over the last 15 years or so.

I have a 6.5" 610-2 "Classic", bought 7-8 years ago. I have an untold number of rounds through it, (20,000?). If you shoot in action pistol events, IMHO there is no better choice in a revolver. Load light 40's for paper, and heavy 10mm's when you want to knock over steel or pins in a hurry.

The 5" and 6.5" barrels are much easier to shoot fast than the 3 7/8" version.

5" versions are relatively scarce, and usually command a premium, as to the early fluted cylinder guns ad the those with a hammer mounted firing pins(the hammer mounted firing pin allows a lighter trigger pull).

firefuzz
April 09, 2008, 08:17
Originally posted by detroit360
Do they still make them? and can they be loaded to make them more powerful

Yes they still make them but they are pricey, between $700-800 on Gunbroker. The factory ammo still available has been loaded down considerably from the old 10mm Norma original load because it was death to auto-loaders so yes it can be loaded up to some degree for the revolver.

Wish I still had mine.

Rob

BUFF
April 09, 2008, 21:43
Originally posted by detroit360:

"and can they be loaded to make them more powerful"

The 10mm Auto cartridge tops out with a 200 grain bulllet at 1,200 fps. If you need more than that, you need a more powerful cartridge, not over-loaded reloads.

The .41 Magnum pushes a 210 grain bullet at 1,500 fps, a useful step up if you need it.

richbug
April 10, 2008, 06:33
Originally posted by BUFF
Originally posted by detroit360:

"and can they be loaded to make them more powerful"

The 10mm Auto cartridge tops out with a 200 grain bulllet at 1,200 fps. If you need more than that, you need a more powerful cartridge, not over-loaded reloads.

The .41 Magnum pushes a 210 grain bullet at 1,500 fps, a useful step up if you need it.

With the 6.5 inch barrel 1350 is pretty easy(cases still come out easy), it isn't 1500 with a 210, but I don't think the deer know the difference.

One neat trick in handloading for a 610 is that you can long seat your bullets to effectively make more case capacity. Standard max length is 1.26" max, the throats are plenty loose for jacketed bullets out to 1.5" or better.

Wadman
April 11, 2008, 00:34
$700-$800??? Damn. Weren't they around $500-$600 when first introduced?

shortround
April 11, 2008, 11:34
Originally posted by BUFF
I bought one when they first came out about 12 years ago and still have it.

I think it was a little longer than that, BUFF. I got mine on 5/10/90.

BUFF
April 12, 2008, 06:32
Originally posted by shortround:

"I think it was a little longer than that, BUFF. I got mine on 5/10/90."

You are right. I checked my records. I bought 5 incher 4-10-1992. Paid $369.56 with 6% sales tax.

Standard Catalog of S&W Third Edition says S&W introduced the M-610 in 1989.