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    New owner of the newest CETNE sporter C308. Initial impressions

    My 2 main concerns getting this gun was the bolt gap and cocking gap we all hear about and read about during our research. I really like the gun from the videos of the new receiver C308, but was skeptical because this is another either you hate em or you love em deals. but i took a shoot in the dark and here is the result so far. This makes me a newbie btw

    Following the very well written directions given here by bladworks123 here are the out of box measurements:

    Bolt Gap: .016/.406mm was a good snug fit, would not go over without resistance.

    Cocking Tube Gap, used Dime Method: Best as i can tell the gap is slightly the size of a dimes width, perhaps a little bit bigger. I got a measurement of .044 give or take .001 or .002 by adding two of the feeler gauges together to test. Dont have calipers handy.

    You smarter guys let me know if that sounds about right for safe fire.

    Overall first impression of the gun cosmetically

    The Good: No rust anywhere, good oiling, surprisingly light smooth and crisp trigger, solid safety, clean barrel, stock is either new or like new. Charging handle is good and firm no catching dragging grinding etc.

    The Bad: Found some burr debris in the muzzlebrake, plastic safety stop on fire setting is chipped and a buttstock pushpin is bad. Come on guys, bad pushpin?! The rear sight is a real pain in the butt to change perspectives and seems too tight, will need pliers on that.

    Accessories: 2-20 round magazines with G3 HK markings 3/72 and 10/70 in excellent condition and a unmarked 5 round magazine like new.

    Overall i think i got a really good ready to shoot gun. I will break it down to clean and post some pictures if you guys like, but like i said i am a CETME newbie so you may have to bear with me as i learn. Any questions and i will try my best to answer.
    Last edited by AmericanInfidel; 02-28-2015 at 12:58 AM.
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    Welcome aboard and thanks for the review.

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    Welcome to the site.

    Thanks for the report also.

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    Welcome.....Pics.....We need to look the good out of it.

    Clean everything up real well and redo the measurements just to ensure no trash is lurking where it shouldn't.
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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like all you need to do is clean it up a little and go run ammo through it. The bolt gap may settle in a little bit after a couple hundred runs so it won't hurt to check it from time to time.
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    I just got finished up cleaning this rifle and getting it back together. Everything appears to be in good used condition, no obvious grinding done to the bolt! Still a good smooth surface with plenty of bevel. After cleaning and reassembly bolt gap still comes out to .016 but can with a lil force i can stick in the .017 now. The Cocking gap best as i can tell remained the same. It seems to cock fine for sure though, no real issues with it. Barrel has noticeable rifling left, extremely clean with no signs of pitting. No grease gunk buildup really at all anywhere.

    With all the bad stuff i have heard about this rifles being duds right out of the box i am really surprised. Now i am by far not a expert though and the thing i could find that concerned me some was what appears to be a small spot on the bolt face side that looks like a bit of a dent or pit hole. Im not sure what to call it really, a imperfection during production of the part i guess. Normal? I may encounter issues when i get a chance to take it to the range, but i want to make sure its safe before i do that. Here are some pictures. What do you guys think?

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    EDIT double posted on me. You can see this imperfection in the 3rd photo from the bottom on right side of the bolt. Doesnt appear to be a crack or anything serious
    Last edited by AmericanInfidel; 02-28-2015 at 01:37 PM.
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    Don't worry about the pit, that part of the bolt doesn't touch anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckshot View Post
    Welcome aboard! I am not one of the forum's Cetme experts and we have some good ones. I can say I have two CAI Cetme that I have never touched other than changing the stocks.
    I like wood. Looks like you got a good one too. Others are sometimes not so lucky.
    I plan to get a nice woodstock and grip for it with a hand guard rail for bipod and foregrip. I cant keep a rifle without being a spare parts junky

    Quote Originally Posted by holescreek View Post
    Don't worry about the pit, that part of the bolt doesn't touch anything.
    Ok thanks. I was trying to be pessimistic and find something wrong, but failed i think. IMO its better to think the worse when it comes to a rifle you want to depend on. No complaints out of me over a buttstock pin and lil cosmetic thing like that pit, oh and the slightly chipped safety lever stop. Some of these CETME rifles dont even have lever stops so no big deal on that. The trigger pack is really good, that was the biggest bonus i didn't expect. I expected a 12-15 lb pull on it and a trigger job in order, but it feels like maybe 5 lb and is really smooth all the way up to a crisp fire. No job needed for me.
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    It sounds as if you need to go bust the cherry. You have been fortunate to have not had any issues with the old girl.
    In all honesty I believe they have less recoil than an AK, but that's just my opinion.....It could also be that I really love shooting mine and don't notice the recoil so much....Numrich used to carry the cetme bipods.
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