port buffer for PTR 91?


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coosbaycreep
February 18, 2009, 01:59 AM
I just got some reloading stuff and dies for .308 due to the cost, but had some questions/concerns.

PTR's have a bad reputation for rendering brass unreloadable. I actually thought mine was an exception, because other than some funky looking black tie dye kinda crap on the case (powder residue maybe?), I didn't notice anything that would make it unreloadable. Today however, I was looking my brass over and they all have a big dent in one side of them. Not sure how I missed that the first time, but I did.

I know you're suppose to be able to remedy this problem with a buffer thing, but I had some questions about that as well.

Midwayusa sells buffers, and although only two people have reviewed them, one review said it messed up his gun. There's another website selling them (robertrtg?), but I don't know if they're different or not.

If the buffer is going to affect reliability, or break the stock, come loose, etc., then it's not worth it IMO even if it saves the brass.

Buying new brass and reloading isn't cost effective either, and most of the affordable brands of .308 brass is sold out with no backorder too. However, at $16 for a box of 20 rounds of factory ammo, I can't afford to shoot this thing too often.

So, I'd like to hear your experiences with port buffers and reliability/breakage, and it's worth the hassle to get one to reload the brass.

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Gewehr98
February 18, 2009, 02:08 AM
But the brass will still be fluted heavily. They'll still go through the resizing dies, though.

stubbicatt
February 18, 2009, 06:43 AM
The buffer will scratch the finish, when you remove it, most likely.

That said, if you put it on correctly, to me it is a product enhancement such that I would be more likely to buy your rifle if it were installed.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j187/stubbicatt/PTR%2091/P1020372.jpg

In my instance, the rifle was extremely hard on brass. The claw mount would crush in the case mouth, rendering much of it unusable, while the rear of the ejection port put that "smile" type hickey on the brass, about midway down the body of the casings, rendering many more unusable.

The buffer deflects the brass away from these two obstructions, and it sort of lowers the trajectory, which makes it easier to find the ejected brass, as it lands closer to the rifle.

I do not know what the Midway buffer is, but I'd not hesitate to buy the POF buffer from RTG parts. They are good people and take care of you.

I guess you are liking your rifle more now?

awwhite1012
March 2, 2009, 08:39 AM
Im waiting on the port buffer I ordered to arrive is it a easy install?

awwhite1012
March 2, 2009, 09:05 AM
no worries found my answer

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