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Cetme's opinions and where can i get one

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by oldskoolfattieg, May 5, 2006.

  1. oldskoolfattieg

    oldskoolfattieg New Member

    Apr 1, 2006
    what are your thoughts on this gun and where might i be able to get my paws on one. About how much do they run in price??
  2. longhorngunman

    longhorngunman Active Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    They vary in fit and function from very good to total crap. Check out www.cetmerifles.com . They used to sell for around $300 but since they've dried up they have gone up. I just sold mine for $450.:)
  3. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Participating Member

    Sep 11, 2005
    I picked mine up at a gun show this January for $425.

    Its a cast stainless Century build - I dont have that many rounds thru it but so far so good. Mine takes the cheapy G3 mags - I bought a few of the $1 "rusty" ones........I actually prefer them to the true CETME mags.

  4. armoredman

    armoredman Elder

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Had one - total junk.
  5. itgoesboom

    itgoesboom member

    Dec 24, 2002
    By the River
    It's a roll of the dice.

    Mine is accurate and 100% reliable.

    But it wasn't flawless from the start, and there are still things I am not real happy about it.

    The design is a great one, there is no question about that. But the company that put them together does not really have a reputation for their quality control.

    If you like tinkering, they can be a great rifle to tinker with.

    I love mine, sometimes. But I really want to have my MBR be something that is scoped, and I have tried that already with this one, didn't work.

    Sometimes I think of selling it, but with the amount of work I have put into it, the amount of magazines and parts etc, I would have to sell it for $650+ to not feel taken advantage of. Not many people want a $650 CETME though. :p

    Mine doesn't really look like a CETME anymore, except the triple frame and the rear sight.


    Best thing I can tell you to do is to do your research on what to look for, buy a set of feeler gauges (to check bolt gap), and go to a gunshow and all your local gunshops, and look at every single one. There are things you can fix easily, but there are things that are a pain to fix, so make sure you know what, if any issues the rifle will have, before you put money on it.

  6. chrisTx

    chrisTx Member

    Jul 5, 2005
    it's not total junk, but close. there are better .308s battle rifles than the cetme.
  7. jobu07
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    jobu07 Participating Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Pike County, PA
    I have one. Picked it up for around $400. It is super reliable and extremely accurate to the distances I shoot. I've never had a problem with it and hopefully never will. The fit and finish are superb and the wooden furniture feels right on it. Dollar for dollar it's every bit as much rifle as my FAL.
  8. Pappy John

    Pappy John Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Susquehanna Valley
    Mine had some problems when I bought it, used, a year and a half ago, for $300. I assume that the first owner was mechanically challenged and just wanted to unload it as opposed to finding out why it didn't work. I, on the other hand, am an inveterate tinkerer. Straightened the sights, reformed the ejector, and polished the trigger group parts. Now I have an accurate .308 that hasn't hiccupped in the last 1300 rounds or so. Works for me!:cool:
  9. brandyspaw

    brandyspaw New Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    I've had 2 of them and am currently looking for another as well.

    The first one I had was a total turd that wouldn't function but I didn't know enough about them at the time to correct anything. The next one I got as a replacment from my dealer for the bad one. It was a used one that someone had bought and worked over to accept HK mags and he also replaced the stocks with HK ones.

    This CETME has great headspace, the bolt is unground and the gun shoots
    to point of aim. Its a sheet metal receiver (the cast receivers are supposed
    to be the prefered ones, however) and, best of all, it functions 100% and is as accurate as my genuine HK-91.

    That said I am very wary of purchasing another but if I can get another
    good one, or correct a poor one, I think they are a great 308 battlerifle.

    What are the alternatives in that price range?
    I've had 2 PTR-91s and they function great I don't like the heavy barrel.
    It makes an already too front heavy rifle seem even more clumsy. I also don't
    like the out-of-spec mag well on the PTRs although the loose mag well doesn't affect function. Given all that, the CETME makes a good choice in a
    cheaper 308 if you can find a good one. They are cheap enough to have in
    your truck or RV and not worry if its damaged or stolen-even at their current
    Last edited: May 7, 2006

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