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    How To Install Surplus Spanish Wood Buttstock on C308

    Hi all:
    Any one know of a good tutorial with pictures?
    I have a late model C308 with plastic furniture.
    The forend was easy, but the buttstock looks difficult. E.g., how to remove plastic stock from backplate without messing it up (and installing wood - press fit?).
    The Youtube vids I've found are so blurry as to be useless.
    Thanks in advance.
    Paul

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    You need to remove the buttpad from the plastic stock and look for a screw way up inside that will release the buffer from the recoil assembly. If I remember correctly, those C308 screws are shortened versions of the original, so to install a wood buttstock you will need a longer buffer screw (Apex parts used to have them) and then it is pretty straightforward.

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    Apex still has them:
    https://www.apexgunparts.com/cetme-s...ttachment.html
    Last edited by jdowney; 10-05-2019 at 02:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdowney View Post
    You need to remove the buttpad from the plastic stock and look for a screw way up inside that will release the buffer from the recoil assembly. If I remember correctly, those C308 screws are shortened versions of the original, so to install a wood buttstock you will need a longer buffer screw (Apex parts used to have them) and then it is pretty straightforward.

    EDIT:
    Apex still has them:
    https://www.apexgunparts.com/cetme-s...ttachment.html
    Your right I remember having to order the screw/bolt when I switch to wooden stock. BTW it is a reach to get to it inside the stock, but like you said pretty straight forward to switch them out.
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    Awesome - thanks very much for your replies! Sorta like an old SMLE.....Ok, I ordered an original CETME screw. So, how to remove buttpad from the C308's plastic stock? No visible screws...Vise grips and pull? Looks like internal clips mounted over pin holders.
    Last edited by Pauldoeh; 10-05-2019 at 04:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldoeh View Post
    Awesome - thanks very much for your replies! Sorta like an old SMLE.....Ok, I ordered an original CETME screw. So, how to remove buttpad from the C308's plastic stock? No visible screws...Vise grips and pull? Looks like internal clips mounted over pin holders.
    There you have me, never had to do it....

    I remember discussion of putting the pad in a vise and wrenching the stock sideways - but that might have been for G3 plastic stocks, never had one of those either....

    You could always saw it off
    I'd try the vise first though!

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    Yes, put the buttpad in a vice and rock sideways back and forth until it pops off.
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    I did two of them - IIRC I broke the plastic stock on the 2nd one taking it off. Did not really care as I did not like it and was replacing it with a wooden one.
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    OK, thanks - I need to work up some courage for that maneuver.
    I ordered the longer buffer screw (thanks for the link jdowney) !

    BTW - interesting story about CETME use by French Naval Commandos in the Algerian war.
    https://www.forgottenweapons.com/fre...-cetme-rifles/
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    http://www.blackjackbuffers.com/inde...d=CETME+buffer

    While you're at replace the bolt buffer with one of these ( link above). Every buffer assembly I've pulled down the rubber is petrified and useless.

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    Thanks Rebel49 - I will look at that.
    BTW - I was able to install an original CETME flash hider by using this Barrel Adapter Thread Converter U.S. 5/8″ x 24 (female) to M15 x 1 RH (male)
    $19.95.
    https://hughesprecision.com/product/...5-x-1-rh-male/
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