View Full Version : opinion on buying G3 type rifle
03-31-2009, 09:35 AM
hey Guy's, sorry if this is the wrong place for this question. I think I want to add a G3 .308 type rifle to my possesion, somewhere in the future, and wanted to know if there are one's I absolutally want to stay away from? I, like most, can't pay for the cream of the crop, so one on an American made reciever will be what I get.I have fired a couple in my past, but do not know what they were, but they where O.K.and any other tips on what to look for? Thanks, Tom.
03-31-2009, 10:08 AM
The better American-made one is the PTR-91. Most I have seen have a heavy barrel and are very heavy. They are suppose to be available with a standard weight barrel and those are plenty heavy enough. The heavy barrel model looks almost like the standard weight barrel. It's fatter under the handguard a bit thicker at the front sight but is hard to notice the extra thickness.
03-31-2009, 10:29 AM
Once you figure out what gun your gonna buy, start figuring out where your gonna get ammunition for it if you don't already have a large stock of it. Even Wolf is becoming harder and harder to find for .308. Just a thought. I wish I had thought about ammunition availability before I bought my last .308 rifle.
03-31-2009, 11:26 AM
...and if you reload, the G3 is hard on brass due to the fluted chamber design.
I used a scoped G3 with tuned trigger group in the German Army. Plus: Accurate, ultra reliable, can use cheap plastic training ammo with special bolt. Minus: heavy, stiffer recoil than gas operated guns, case ejection cannot be turned off.
If you need more than a "Poodle Gun" I would look at an AR-10 or the newer Browning BAR hunting rifles (you can get those in .30-06 which is currently cheaper than .308)
03-31-2009, 12:46 PM
The CETME would be a good choice !! It is not real expensive, And it shoots good !!!! Just be prepared to buy a few replacement parts & springs ( buy HK parts & springs, they are better ) !! Make sure you do research on the company that makes it ( century arms, usually ) and the possible probs. !!
03-31-2009, 06:58 PM
Just stay away from the ones made with an aluminum receiver, these have a cast in weaver/picatinny scope rail on top and are junk. Also be aware some US made ones also utilized a US or Korean made bbl that did not have the chamber flutes cut to spec. These refuse to eject and are difficult/expensive to get working. Beyond that, just look for major flaws, check bolt gap, and if possible test fire it before buying.