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Old April 13th, 2017, 07:08 AM   #16
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I have had two of them and sold one. Both are Century rifles but only one was built by Century. Both were built well and neither had any issues. Fit and finish was just a little better on the non Century built rifle. It is fun to shoot but as stated above rough on brass. I kept the non Century built one. You can call Century with the serial number to see if they built it or not.


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Old April 13th, 2017, 08:49 AM   #17
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Hi, just reconnected with the Forum.

I am interested in a Century Arms C308 that I saw in "Military Surplus"
magazine 2016 issue.

I've read mixed reviews about the rifle and would like to get some feedback from some of you who may be familiar with them.

I know I don't want the CA. accepted version as I understand it will only accept 10 rd. magazines and NATO only ammo.

I have a friend who has a CETME .308 rifle which I understand is similar.

Thanks!
If you have to have a 308 semi-auto that isn't an AR10 get an m1a or fn fal.

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If you have to have a 308 semi-auto that isn't an AR10 get an m1a or fn fal.

Or as in most of our cases, all of them.

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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:43 AM   #19
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Everyone, Thanks for all the information and feedback!!

Read up on the FAL's and they sound like an excellent battle rifle.

There is a PTR 91 on SG that is interesting.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/productlist?k=PTR+91

It is new production and from what I've read on this Forum, I should stay away from those.

Also, not sure if it will shoot NATO and Commercial .308 ammo but have a question submitted about that.

Does take 20rd. magazines but in the Q&A section they didn't know the fluting.

Holescreek, I read your report on, 'Century C308. The good, the bad, and the ugly'
and learned a great deal...Thank you for all the information!!

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Everyone, Thanks for all the information and feedback!!

Read up on the FAL's and they sound like an excellent battle rifle.

There is a PTR 91 on SG that is interesting.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/productlist?k=PTR+91

It is new production and from what I've read on this Forum, I should stay away from those.

Also, not sure if it will shoot NATO and Commercial .308 ammo but have a question submitted about that.

Does take 20rd. magazines but in the Q&A section they didn't know the fluting.

Holescreek, I read your report on, 'Century C308. The good, the bad, and the ugly'
and learned a great deal...Thank you for all the information!!
If you haven't checked them out Atlantic firearms is a great place to pick up a ptr. Good prices, solid company and pretty good inventory for options. I wouldn't worry bout the flutes, Not on a new gun. Also if you haven't checked out Hkpro they are a wealth of info. Clone section

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Old April 15th, 2017, 07:11 PM   #22
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Thanks sandman2, I will check them out!

Good point ray55classic !!

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To answer your questions, the C308, PTRs and HK's will all shoot both commercial and Nato spec ammo. Their barrels all contain chamber flutes that will leave ribs on the sides of your brass eventually. The brass gets ugly but can still be reloaded. I've been testing the cheap ZQ1 brass from Walmart to see how many times I can be fired and reloaded before the flute marks have an impact. So far I've been through 6 cycles and counting. Mags can be had for as cheap as $1.50 each (aluminum mags) if you catch a sale and up to about $12 for steel mags. Typically mags are interchangeable between HK/PTR and Cetme.

The downside to the platform is weight, and it's a bitch to clean the chamber and inside the trunnion. Accuracy is not their strong suit either, they are battle rifles and standard models are only good for 2-4 MOA with good ammo.

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A friend and I once traded his PTR 91 and a crap load of add ons like HK green furniture, collapsible stock, and the HK 3 position lower that had the pin welded in place to be legit along with an action job on the trigger pack. Gawd those have an awfully harsh & choppy recoil, and I couldn't get my M1A back fast enough, I'll give them props for looking cool and a lot of people like them, but, it just wasn't for me, I think the M1A is a much more desirable rifle...

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If you have to have a 308 semi-auto that isn't an AR10 get an m1a or fn fal.
If I could only have two 7.62 NATO rifles, it would be the FAL and an HK91 or quality clone. Nothing against the M14 types at all, but just prefer the other two more. Sold my one and only AR10 a few weeks ago (Armalite), and will never have another. I know it was the proprietary mag version, but that FTFing piece of junk forever soiled that style of rifle for me. First impressions and all, I guess.

In the OP's case, I'd look at the PTR91 GI model. I'd like one myself.

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If I could only have two 7.62 NATO rifles, it would be the FAL and an HK91 or quality clone. Nothing against the M14 types at all, but just prefer the other two more. Sold my one and only AR10 a few weeks ago (Armalite), and will never have another. I know it was the proprietary mag version, but that FTFing piece of junk forever soiled that style of rifle for me. First impressions and all, I guess.

In the OP's case, I'd look at the PTR91 GI model. I'd like one myself.
Sorry to say a few years ago a friend had the Armalite AR10 with some issue, either it was click and no go bang or feeding, turned out Armalite had a recall and fixed it for free. Seems they're plagued with other safety issues of late...

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I'd go with the PTR GI model without the rail. You can get a nice low profile one from Israeli company FFB Defence for just over $120 and have the ability to remove it. Costs work out about the same. Plain GI with FAB = GI with welded on rail.
http://www.opticsplanet.com/fab-defe...nt-system.html

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The downside to the platform is weight, and it's a bitch to clean the chamber and inside the trunnion. Accuracy is not their strong suit either, they are battle rifles and standard models are only good for 2-4 MOA with good ammo.

Do all 3 fall in this category or just the CIA model?

Glad all 3 can shoot both types of ammo...have used the ZQ1 ammo in bolt action and M14, it has always done well (so far)

Will follow up on the PTR91-GI model w/o rail and alternative rail!

This is great to have the wealth of knowledge each of you have provided!! Thanks!!

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Cleaning the chamber is much like the FAL . When you pop out the two take down pins the whole buttstock comes off, then the bolt carrier and bolt slide out of the receiver. Now you can clean the chamber barrel straight on with a brush. The receiver heel and sights are not in the way like an M14.

The trunion, or area behind the barrel face where the rollers lock can easily be cleaned with some rags 4"x4" or so wet with Hoppes. This is done by sticking your finger and rag thru the ejection port and mag well opening.

The bolt disengages from the bolt carrier by turning it . When it comes apart the internal firing pin and spring are right there loose to wipe off.

The HK or PTR is one of the simplest weapons I have ever cleaned. Remember there is no gas system or op rod to clean. Just the trunion lock up area and that's really easy.

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The downside to the platform is weight, and it's a bitch to clean the chamber and inside the trunnion. Accuracy is not their strong suit either, they are battle rifles and standard models are only good for 2-4 MOA with good ammo.

Do all 3 fall in this category or just the CIA model?
All 3.

If you want accuracy out of this platform you either have to spend a lot of money, time, or both. I built one I call the "Cetme PSG1ish" that will shoot sub MOA with hand loads but it is not the norm. It has a 24" barrel I made from a McGowen barrel blank and a few more improvements.


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