So Tam has a post up on the cost of .22 revolvers. I have to say her logic is impeccable. Since she mentions the Smith and Wesson 617, I thought I would oblige.
Yep! Just like the 686 .357 Magnum. Big honking K Frame. Noted as the K-22 Masterpiece Stainless FulI-lug. I agree with Tam. The cost to make this Handgun regardless of caliber would be the same to me.
Here is a shot of the 617 with its little sister, the Model 34-1 Kit gun. Chambered in the same caliber.
The cost is in the action, not so much the raw materials.