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SgtHorvak
09-30-2018, 05:45 PM
I can't begin to express how stoked I am this afternoon!!! After 6 months of learning, demilling, building, and second guessing myself, I now have a fully functional CETME than runs like a TOP!!! I only shot 60 rounds, of both Wolf steel cased .308 and Malaysian brass cased 7.62 NATO, but they both fed, fired, extracted, and ejected flawlessly!!! I used 10 different magazines...1 20 round CETME, 4 steel G3, and 5 aluminum G3. I fired 3 rounds individually first to test for basic function in three different mags, then three mags with 2 rounds apiece to check for "multiples" (i.e. full auto), then a mag with 5 rounds, then one with 6 rounds, which finished off the Wolf. Then 2 mags with twenty rounds apiece of the Malaysian brass 7.62. PERFECT!! The only trouble I had was the triple tree, which isn't permanently installed yet...I had drilled and tapped for a set screw, which I THOUGHT would hold it...but it kept walking forward every 10 rounds or so.I just tapped it back into place as needed. 100% perfect function...WOW!! Talk about exciting!! I started off with a bolt gap measured at .016, with -4 rollers, and when I got home it measured .009. I am a bit concerned as to whether this was an excessive drop. I installed the "0" rollers, and it is now at .014-.015. I will continue to monitor that. It cocks and operates easily and smooth as silk. I'm BEYOND giddy!! I want to thank Holescreek for his help and patience... I couldn't have done it without your guidance!!! HOORAY!!!

SgtHorvak
09-30-2018, 06:25 PM
A tiny picture of the rifle, and a target that felt its wrath.

holescreek
09-30-2018, 06:34 PM
Good to hear!

Sounds like your barrel pin is too small. Hit it with a punch and hammer and see if it moves.

SgtHorvak
09-30-2018, 07:27 PM
God, I hope not!! Talk about a potential buzzkill! I can't get a real good hit on it, as the pin didn't line up very well with the hole in the receiver flat. I can only get a corner of it, but I can't really see that it's moving. It doesn't seem to be. When I pinned it, it drove in pretty hard. Suggestions?

holescreek
09-30-2018, 11:28 PM
If it isn't moving it's either tight or bent. Either way, call it good as long as you have a good gap!

SgtHorvak
10-01-2018, 07:01 AM
Yeah, I think I will shoot it a couple of more times and monitor what happens. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it has stabilized. If it hasn't, I'll enlarge the holes to get at the barrel pin. But I ain't gonna sweat it for now...I'm just gonna bask in the afterglow of seeing this project through and experiencing the sweet push into my shoulder of a CETME in recoil!!

sdk1968
10-01-2018, 07:33 AM
congrats on getting a shooter!

now you just need it to have friends in the safe with it!

SgtHorvak
10-01-2018, 08:10 AM
Thanks!! It feels GREAT to be "in the club "!! She has plenty of friends in the safe...although only two with a German heritage...a K98 and a Stg44 (ok, it's only a .22 replica). I DO, however, have another CETME flat that I bought as a contingency plan, and a kit that I bought to either build (!!) or to have for spares, though...hmmm.

holescreek
10-01-2018, 10:19 AM
If you have a flat and a kit you're already half way there. Winter's coming!

SgtHorvak
10-01-2018, 10:34 AM
NOW CUT THAT OUT!!! After stressing and obsessing over the CETME that I just shot yesterday, I need to let my blood pressure settle down a bit!! I really just bought the second flat and kit in case I screwed the pooch with the first attempt. When Apex had their kits on sale a few weeks ago, I bit the bullet and got another as backup or as a source of spares. I WILL admit, though, that the second flat IS folded already!!

holescreek
10-01-2018, 10:48 AM
I bought a pile of flats when ORF was going out of business in 2010. The kits go on sale often enough that I've amassed quite a collection. After awhile you get bored with the same old thing and have to get creative just to keep it interesting. I think I have one ORF flat left from that original pile.

I said I was done building Cetme's 5 years ago.

Buckshot
10-01-2018, 01:02 PM
Congrats on ur build! Looks good and thanks for sharing info and pictures on it.

SgtHorvak
10-05-2018, 03:14 PM
Congrats on ur build! Looks good and thanks for sharing info and pictures on it.

Thanks!! Today I am really excited...I just DuraCoated it this morning, and it looks pretty durn good!! I'm gonna give it the full (or close to it) curing period of 3-4 weeks that they recommend, before I re-assemble it. But I'll post a few more pictures of her with her new finish here when she's back together.
:Smile_veryhappy:

holescreek
10-05-2018, 05:34 PM
I just did a paint "repair" with Duracoat on my GHG1 after cutting off and rewelding the trunnion extension back on. Dry to the touch in 20 minutes, usable without fear of damage in 48 hours, continues curing for 3-4 weeks (depending on humidity). I applied the base color one day and three more colors the next without waiting for each color to dry to the touch the second day. I was amazed at how much heat the old paint was able to withstand when I tig welded the extension back on.

SgtHorvak
10-05-2018, 08:19 PM
I feel good about my choice of coatings, then, if YOU have used the same stuff!! I was pleased with how easily and smoothly it went on. I went with Tactical Flat Black, and if it wears well, I'm gonna be really happy with it!!

holescreek
10-05-2018, 10:54 PM
This is the rifle I had to touch up a couple weeks ago, the original paint was done in 2010. The area in front of the mag well and behind the bipod is new and I didn't have any of the base color left over. Luckily the pattern is wild enough that it isn't obvious.

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I Duracoated until roughly 2012 when I got set up for parkerizing and now only Duracoat occasionally. I like the paint but it's way too expensive. I used some old bottles of paint left over from 2010 on the rifle above, I thinned it with a little laquer thinner and it was fine. I use laquer thinner for equipment clean up too, way cheaper than the DUracoat stuff.

SgtHorvak
10-06-2018, 10:33 AM
WOW!!! That's an AMAZING paint job!! I would never guess that it had been repaired.DuraCoat ain't cheap, for sure. I rationalized it by figuring that if I took it to a shop, I would spend more than the $50 that I spent for the paint, easily. I just hope it wears fairly well.

Xnke
10-08-2018, 09:13 AM
Duracoat is a custom tinting and packaging of Sherwin-Williams Polane industrial urethane. It's VERY good paint, and even buying it from S-W isn't cheap. (Think 500+ per gallon...) Urethane reducer from your local automotive paint supply is exactly the same stuff as duracoat thinners, and lacquer thinner works pretty good too.

I used it on my VZ58 build for the first time and it has held up to MANY 30rnd clips back-to-back until the handguards were too hot to touch with gloves on, and has never peeled, darkened, or burned away, even under the handguards. I've also not had any chips or deep scratches, even on the bolt carrier where it slides under the top cover.

SgtHorvak
10-08-2018, 10:24 AM
Duracoat is a custom tinting and packaging of Sherwin-Williams Polane industrial urethane. It's VERY good paint, and even buying it from S-W isn't cheap. (Think 500+ per gallon...) Urethane reducer from your local automotive paint supply is exactly the same stuff as duracoat thinners, and lacquer thinner works pretty good too.

I used it on my VZ58 build for the first time and it has held up to MANY 30rnd clips back-to-back until the handguards were too hot to touch with gloves on, and has never peeled, darkened, or burned away, even under the handguards. I've also not had any chips or deep scratches, even on the bolt carrier where it slides under the top cover.

It's good to hear that you've had such an awesome experience with it. I feel like I made the right choice!!:Smile_veryhappy:

SgtHorvak
10-27-2018, 03:21 PM
Second range trip today...just a TON of fun and satisfaction!!

scottz63
10-27-2018, 03:28 PM
Nice pics and a beautiful rifle! Thanks. :)

SgtHorvak
10-27-2018, 04:30 PM
Thanks...and thanks for the help the experts here have offered. I just got done cleaning it, and bolt gap seems to have stabilized...it's now holding solid at .013-.014, just about where it was at after it's initial test firing once I put the standard rollers back in...I had started with -4's, as my post build gap was pretty high...it fell after the first range trip, as expected.

SgtHorvak
10-27-2018, 04:41 PM
My target, and my baby...

scottz63
10-27-2018, 05:50 PM
Looks like you and your baby shoot pretty well. Lol

SgtHorvak
10-27-2018, 06:10 PM
Thanks!! It's the Duracoat!!