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18" vs 16" PTR-91...I am about to order one!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by crash32, Dec 25, 2008.

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  1. crash32

    crash32 Member

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    I am about to order one right now and I have a choice between the 18" PTR-91 rifle or the 16" PTR-91 carbine.

    I was wondering which one you guys had and if there is an accuracy difference between the two models? I think I would rather get the 16", but not if it is going to significantly influence my accuracy at 100 yards. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Deer Hunter

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    I would go with 18". I own a FAL with an 18" barrel and it's still very handy.
     
  3. Min

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    I would get the 16" barrel.
     
  4. crash32

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    So we have one vote for the 16" and one for the 18". I guess it comes down to a few things.

    Will the 18" be noticeably heavier?
    Will the 16" compromise accuracy?

    Of course...which one looks cooler... a shorter evil rifle or a longer badass rifle haha.
     
  5. Golden Hound

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    I go by the philosophy that a longer barrel is always better, personally, just because it's more manly. If it's too heavy, lift some weights, and then it will feel lighter as you get stronger. :p
     
  6. Min

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    If you're going to get a PTR-91, it's because it is an evil black rifle, not because you are going to be a long-distance shooter with it.

    16" barrel is evil. :)
     
  7. crushbup

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    IMHO, the 18in barrel will still be quite handy, you'll get a tidbit of a velocity boost, and recoil will be somewhat reduced. I've never fired one with a 16in barrel, but whatever you do, never fire one with a G3 collapsible stock- it leaves a mark.
     
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    It's a lot easier to get different front hand guards for the 18" model and the overall length of the rifles only decreases by 1 1/4 inches with the 16" barrel.
     
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    Given the heft, 18" is plenty small. That's a real tank, enjoy it as such.
     
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    Get the 16"!
     
  11. Big Bill

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    Get the 18"!!! Size Matters!
     
  12. crash32

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    What about accuracy? At 100 yards do you guys think that there would be any noticeable difference?? I know that this is not the world's most accurate rifle, but I'd still like for it to be somewhat accurate!
     
  13. Bartkowski

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    There shouldn't be any difference in accuracy between the two. Accuracy has more to do with the barrel's quality and how rigid it is. I don't own either size gun, but if I were to buy one would get the 18".

    The 18" would make the gun a little quieter and there would be a small velocity increase. Both of which are worth decrease in handiness to me.
     
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    18 is pretty short already I'm voting 18
     
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    Get the 18" barrel. 16" is a little short for 308.

    About long ranges, and some sort of limitation on range because the PTR is an "evil black rifle," I've shot prairie dogs with mine at 400+ yards. I haven't gone to 600 yet, but I have no doubt it will go that far readily.
     
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    I would go with 18" but thats me.
     
  17. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    I'd want a 20" at least, but 18 beats 16 any day for that chambering. The flash and blast are horrendous from a 16", not to mention increasing recoil.
     
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    My vote is for the 18" .
     
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    Most gun makers use a 16 1/4" barrel for "16 inch" barreled guns, so you are talking 1 3/4" difference. I prefer the 18" as it is just barely longer and gives you a bit more velocity. Two of my FALs are 18", one 16".

    John
     
  20. crash32

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    "The flash and blast are horrendous from a 16"

    Well, thats exactly what I want lol!!!! Even with that being said I think as of now I MIGHT go with the 18 inches, but the increased blast and flash from the 16" is sounding really cool right now :)
     
  21. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Then by all means, you need the 16"!! :)
     
  22. Jaws

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    Get the 18". Unless you plan to clear rooms, there's no reason not to use the more speed that a longer barrel offers.
     
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    Re: 16" vs. 18"

    Out of any .308 I would go with a longer barrel, at least 18" preferably 24"...I want a 32" barrel.:D
     
  24. Martyk

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    Ptr91 18"

    Cmon now... this is rifle country... all you guys know that the longer barrel is more accurate (of course the quality has to be there). I picked up my PTR91 Perimiter Rifle w/ 18" fluted match barrel a few weeks ago. It is an awesome rifle. The .308 cartridge with the 18" barrel is going to give you better velocity, better accuracy and ballistics. If you ever want to shoot beyond 100 yards, the 18" barrel's difference will only be amplified. Are you planning to reload? If you are, you will want to also invest in a port buffer to (almost eliminate) brass damage. It shoots smooth & sweet. I'm really surprised at how comfortable it is for a .308. You can shoot this rifle all day.

    Good luck w/ your decision and have fun w/ your PTR.
     
  25. crash32

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    Thanks for the input guys, it was very helpful. I was actually 50/50 which was killing me until I found out that Atlantic Firearms is 100% sold out of both the 16" and 18" and CDNN only had the 16" which made my decision easy!
     
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