CETME - What do ya think?

CETME - What do ya think?

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    CETME - What do ya think?

    I have been going back and fourth when it comes to a rifle. I already have my home defense needs covered with a Remington 870 and my trusty 1911. If I buy a rifle it's going to be for #1 fun and #2 shtf. I don't know why but when I think of a rifle I think of .308. Don't get me wrong. 5.56 is a great round and such but something like a big barrier penetrating .308 just blows my skirt up. The century arms CETME's can be picked up fairly cheap and from what I have read are pretty decent. What do you guys think?
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    I still have a Cetme I bought in 2003

    All of the Cetme and HK 91 "clones" were/are built by Century Arms from parts kits and some US parts.

    They were roughly put together back in those days and many people had to
    have work done on them to make them reliable.

    I understand that the ones around now are assembled by contract shops and
    don't seem to exhibit many problems.

    I guess practice makes almost perfect.

    The Cetme version should work best with the curved cetme mags ( the
    straight mags do not always work well in them )

    Also - be aware that the older rifles have a 7.62 x51 NATO chamber which
    could cause problems with commercial .308 ammo.

    Here's a link to LOTS of Cetme Info.

    http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdis...-CETME-And-FR8

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    All cool so far - except that for me, the CENTURY part is the deal-breaker. I'm having a rather bad experience with one of their products - an AK-74 (recent production!) with a lousy American made barrel, that has practically no rifling in it.

    I don't have any experience with their CETMEs.... so all I can say is BEWARE.
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    Why not a Saiga? I'm looking at the .308 myself, seems bombproof.

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    I owned one of those exact rifles for a few years. Terrible at jamming. I always got 5-10 jams out of a 20 rnd mag. And between my friend and I we had 6 mags to switch around, so it wasn't a mag issue. We tried lubing it with different oils, running it nearly dry... nothing. His wasn't as bad, but it was still rare for him to run a whole 20 rnds without some malfunction. I ended up trading it straight across for a G21 and thought I got a good deal.
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    I had one years ago,from what I remember I think there was aproblem with the cocking lever on some breaking,Mine shot okay,and AFAIR didn't have any jams or FTF FTE.I wasn't that impressed and now own a AR10
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    Dont know what your budget is, but I would look at DS Arms and their line of FAL clones.
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    I'd save up a few bucks more and get a PTR-91. You can use the cheap & plentiful HK91 mags, and the PTR's are great rifles...in some respects, improved HK91's.

    ETA--I had a Century G3. It was dreck; wouldn't eject for anything. I'd never again own anything the Century monkeys cobble together even if it was given to me...unless I needed an oar or an anchor.
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    +1 on the Saiga. You can get the ballistics of the .308 in the dependability of a Kalashnikov.

    Plus, they're super easy to mess with.
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    How much will the Cetme cost you?

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    .308 is an expensive round to shoot unless you have a press.
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    The only rifle I have from Century Arms is one of the FN-FAL Sporters I got back when Clinton was in office. I think I paid somewhere around $600 for it and it has been a real charm. At 250 yards I was all over a 16 inch steel plate with iron sights. I haven't had an opportunity to really go beyond that distance but I'm confident with a scope it'd be adequate out to 600 yards and beyond.

    Thanks to Clinton, it has the thumbhole stock. Very comfortable stock, but it's bulky, ugly and I have to really manipulate my shooting grip to activate the safety. I don't have that issue with the original pistol grip stocks.

    Not to hijack this thread, but does anyone know what I have to do to legal switch it to the original type pistol grip stocks? Please PM me if you have any information.

    At the same time, my brother-in-law got a Norinco M1A copy through Century Arms and it was a real decent shooter.

    I don't know much about their reputation today, but I had good luck with the rifle I got.
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    I shoot surplus 308 in my DPMS...about 40 cents a round...not so bad.

    BTW...is 50 yards ok with that one? LOL.

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    Century can bring some good stuff to the table, but it is certainly buyer beware. I got screwed on a Nagant with a misfit bolt. All my friends who also bought one had matching serial numbers and they were fine, mine were not and it was a turd. I got another one and I love it.
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