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Old April 5th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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CETME or PTR 308

$495 CETME vs $899 PTR
This will be the support system for the starlight scope.
Which one and why. All opinions welcome.


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Old April 5th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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PTR hands down. Here are the reasons assuming you are talking about the GI model:

1. PTR built on H&K licensed equipment meaning receiver will be built to spec which means it will be much easier to mount the scope you want. CETME receiver will not be spec and a gamble.

2. PTR uses a better American barrel that is nitrided which will make it just as reliable as hammer forging. CETME will not have that.

3. PTR has way better QC control. Even if they do mess up they have a one year warranty that starts when you buy the rifle. Century QC is a joke and their warranty starts when it leaves the factory so it could have been sitting in a store for longer than a year so if you were to get it and it does not work you will be out of luck. Century will just advise to go to one of their former employees to fix it for $500. At that point you would have been better off just buying the PTR to begin with.

4. PTR can use any H&K factory mags and they are cheap. CETME MAY be able to use G3 mag but not always a guarantee and they won't be as reliable as CETME factory mags which are more expensive.

5) PTR has way better factory sights. CETME paddle wheel sight is flimsy and a joke.

6) Way more parts and spares available for the PTR since it is a G3 clone. The CETME is built to different specs so interchangeability is not a guarantee and way less parts for it.

I hope this information helps.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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Thanks. I was comparing the PTR GI model. There only seems to be one CETME model in 308. This one will be a dedicated hog hunter (also handy for zombies) with the german night scope from Keepshooting.


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Old April 5th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #4
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Definitely the PTR. Top quality and brand new Contender barrels mated to new receivers made on real former HK tooling. Mine has several actual Hk marked parts. Or the CETME, former Spanish military parts kits hand assembled by a semi trained brigade of Reeses monkeys. I recently looked at a C93, the fit and finish were beyond terrible. The lower receiver could be wiggled nearly a quarter inch forward and back, I would avoid a Century built CETME at all cost.

I had an actual Hk91 back in the 90s and my PTR is definitely more accurate and the welds are just as good.

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Also forgot to mention the GI model has deeper flutes so it will be able to reliably extract surplus and dirty ammo way better than non-GI models and definitely the CETME
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Old April 5th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #6
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Thanks. I was comparing the PTR GI model. There only seems to be one CETME model in 308. This one will be a dedicated hog hunter (also handy for zombies) with the german night scope from Keepshooting.
PTR came out with the GI model because some folks were having issues with the Contender barrel chamber being to tight. Supposedly the tar sealed surplus ammo was causing problems. I have fed mine all all sorts of surplus and new production, including the higher pressure commercial ammo and have never had it FTE. Brown Bear, Silver Bear, Winchester WB, Rem UMC, Prvi Partizan, DAK, lots of Spanish Santa Barbara, TULA, etc...
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Old April 6th, 2012, 06:39 AM   #7
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Another vote for the PTR. Aside from what Scott said, the CETME will be a Century build and many have had their bolts ground as a ghetto way to correct headspacing. Mine was.

The G3 is an upgrade in many subtle ways and the PTR is worth paying a bit more for.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 09:12 AM   #8
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PTR all the way. The extra money spent will be well worth it. Scott already hit all the high points.
Gratuitous pic of my GI model. Going to Cerakote the gun later this year.


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Old April 6th, 2012, 09:19 AM   #9
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Another vote for the PTR. Aside from what Scott said, the CETME will be a Century build and many have had their bolts ground as a ghetto way to correct headspacing. Mine was.

The G3 is an upgrade in many subtle ways and the PTR is worth paying a bit more for.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 09:22 AM   #10
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Those PTRs are drop-dead sexy; sure wish I had the coin to spring for one.


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Old April 6th, 2012, 09:28 AM   #11
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Ergos are horrible on G3 type rifles. Newer ptr's will handle surplus. I called and asked. Try before you buy, I have all three of the 'legacy'nato battle rifles and it ranks last in my opinion. FAL ,M1A, G3
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Old April 6th, 2012, 12:51 PM   #12
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I don't have an M1A, but I agree the FAL has better ergos. Though I do like the PTR's mag release and much cheaper magazine cost over the FAL.


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Old April 6th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #13
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This is good info. There was no other thread like it that I could find. My research is confined to this platform, as it will readily accept the scope with the claw mount. I'm not going to put it on my M1a. I don't have the FAL platform. This project will be for one purpose, will get abused, may not get repeated use, and the goal is to keep it under 1K. (not including the scope and other peripherals) The compare contrast to the other NATO platforms would be useful for other readers.


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Old April 8th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #14
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I don't have an M1A, but I agree the FAL has better ergos. Though I do like the PTR's mag release and much cheaper magazine cost over the FAL.
Back around 2004 I was buying 25 FAL mags for $25. Timing is the key. Oh, back then the HK 91/G3 mags were significantly higher priced. It is like someone found 20,000,000 surplus G3 mags in a warehouse somewhere.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #15
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About a year or so ago, I was on a .308/7.62NATO rifle kick. Looked at a few Cetmes, and they looked kinda rough. Too rough to deal with on a regulated basis. I settled on the Saiga 308 because I was already pretty familiar with the platform, but the FALs and PTRs looked way better. Just go look at a few and compare. DON"T buy a Cetme online without checking it over first. Glad I did.


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Old April 8th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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ptr hands down, I went through this dilema a while back, and from what i have experienced with my ptr and watching friends with the cetme platform, so glad i went with the ptr, its a great gun...
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Old April 8th, 2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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Get the PTR hands down, I've got the GI and love it. The only problem I see with it is that if you are a reloader it isn't very nice to your brass. Here's a picture in this thread of some of the brass:
http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=78233.


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