VZ58 headspace


January 14, 2013, 10:07 PM
I bought a set of CIP standard headspace gages from Manson recently for some rifle building projects that I have been thinking about/working on. just for laughs I figured I'd check them in my d-technik/czechpoint vz58. the go gauge closed. Then to my dismay, I checked headspace with the no-go gauge and it closed right up too... when I get home later tonight, I'm going to take some shims and see how much beyond no-go it is, but this is a little disconcerting. I've had probably 2-300 rounds through this since I bought it in about 2010, one broken sear after about 50-100 rounds (looked not to have been tempered properly - stress fractured) and the sight post was loose. They sent me new parts without question, and I got it up and running again at no cost with minor inconvenience.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had issues with headspace on the d-technik VZ58? I suppose it's possible (though doubtful) that my gauges were improperly made, but I checked these on a bolt action rifle (with chinese sks barrel) that I had originally headspaced using my poor-man's gauge. First was an unfired empty case, then a live round from two manufacturers, all with a piece or two of tape on the base. The reason I don't think the gauges are out of spec/too short, is that I couldn't fully close the bolt on the go gauge, and it wouldn't close at all on the no go gauge.

Also wondering what I should do, if anything, about this? headspacing on these rifles is done, so far as I know, by getting a slightly longer locking piece. I'm going to try to check the headspace using the two other locking piece I have from kits, to see if they are any better. were these locking pieces numbered for different sizes, and if yes, what do those numbers mean?

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January 14, 2013, 10:16 PM
If you're having trouble with a CzechpointUS product, contact them - they will help you. Dan stands behind his product!
I don't know what head space gauge they use at CzechpointUSA, but I have two of their rifles and they have worked perfectly for quite some time.

January 14, 2013, 10:24 PM
How are you checking? Bolt has extractor stripped and you're pushing the bolt closed with finger pressure, not using the recoil spring?

I'd prefer if a rifle didn't close on a no-go, but the real test for a rifle that's been used is the field gauge. If the bolt closes on a field gauge you shouldn't fire the rifle anymore.

Have you been seeing any signs of excess headspace? Bright ring on brass, heads pulling off cases?


January 14, 2013, 11:17 PM
I put the gauge under the extractor as if it were chambering a round. gently let the bolt slide home. spring is in place, but I wasn't using the spring pressure to close things, especially not to let it slam home. I will check later without the spring, see if that makes a difference.

Dan was super cool about things when I had the problem with the sear and the sight, shortly after buying the rifle. I just wanted to check with others first to see if there was anything else I could/should do before I called czechpoint, they seem kind of busy at the moment...

January 14, 2013, 11:18 PM
I hadn't noticed any signs of problems with the cases, by the way. Just was checking because I had some gauges, and inquiring minds wanted to know.

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