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Old April 11th, 2017, 03:24 PM   #1
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CETME - Century Arms model C308

Hi, just reconnected with the Forum.

I am interested in a Century Arms C308 that I saw in "Military Surplus"
magazine 2016 issue.

I've read mixed reviews about the rifle and would like to get some feedback from some of you who may be familiar with them.

I know I don't want the CA. accepted version as I understand it will only accept 10 rd. magazines and NATO only ammo.

I have a friend who has a CETME .308 rifle which I understand is similar.

Thanks!

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Old April 11th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #2
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I think they are a cheap 308 that indeed will go boom.

From what I have seen by comparing but not owning them is the fit and finish of the C308 isn't as good as the PTR91, the c308 is cheaper by $200 or so, and the PTR91 has models with a paddle release and I have seen no c308's that do.

If you want just a cheap blaster for 308 I say its decent but if you want a good rifle of that type I say just save up the extra pennies and get the PTR. C308's would be a good rifle for 308 to stock up on because they are so cheap though.

Or be M14 bias and get a polytech or 5 from gunbroker for under $1000 a piece.

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We had one for a while, sold it on GB the other day. Reliable shooter, not particularly accurate but good enough for govt work. Heavy, kind of a club. Much prefer an M14.


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look up ptr91 instead

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Old April 11th, 2017, 05:27 PM   #5
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I have shot two different C308's. I liked them both. Fun to shoot. Very hard on brass. Flings em 60 ft or more...it's rediculous.
I have an M1A...so, I'm good.

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Hi, just reconnected with the Forum.

I am interested in a Century Arms C308 that I saw in "Military Surplus"
magazine 2016 issue.

I've read mixed reviews about the rifle and would like to get some feedback from some of you who may be familiar with them.

I know I don't want the CA. accepted version as I understand it will only accept 10 rd. magazines and NATO only ammo.

I have a friend who has a CETME .308 rifle which I understand is similar.

Thanks!
I own two monkey made guns and a ptr and I would recommend not taking the century gamble. Not worth it. Stay away.

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ptr-91 reviews
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Old April 12th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #8
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Read my recent report here: http://www.militaryfirearm.com/Forum...-C308-The-good

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Old April 12th, 2017, 05:00 PM   #9
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It took a little effort to get matching green parts of the Bundeswehr surplus furniture. Aside from that the PTR is one of my favorites. Rugged, simple, never fails, very easy to maintain. It's accurate enough, not a match rifle like the SAIs but I can iron sight 4" clays on the 100 yd bank with out problems. If you want a roller locking G3 copy PTRs are awfully close to an HK and the price can't be beat. Skip the Century's

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Everyone, Thanks for all the feedback...advice is something I greatly appreciate!!!

I will focus on the PTR...in fact I was until I came across the article on the Century and got side tracked.

I have a Norinco '87' model I think, M14 and its great! Shoots great and just has a nice feel.

A friend showed me his CETME with the roller lock system and of course, I had to have one. Since Service days, the M14 has always been and still is my favorite.

Again, Thanks for all the feedback and I look forward to owning a PTR.

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Very nice detailed write up, a must read for any potential century owners.

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I've owned one for almost a year. One thing I have found is the felt recoil is considerably more than my M1A. I think it's that design, that small butt stock really whacks my shoulder and getting a good cheek weld results in a bruised face. But it is a reliable 4 moa shooter.

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There is a duplicate thread running on AKFiles since there are a lot of C308 threads in the general rifle discussion area there. It's always interesting to see how threads develop based on personal experiences.

Here's a comment from Atlantic Firearms:
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The early C308 rifles were great about 8 months ago we started to see a decline in quality and decided to stop offering the C308 series. I think they were starting to get to the bottom of barrel with the parts they were using . If you are looking for a solid .308 Roller lock I would strongly suggest the PTR 91 series . They do cost more but are all new and have a solid track record and warranty to back them up.
The rifle I bought had been a problem from the day it left the factory over 1.5 years ago. I'm sure it doesn't represent the majority of C308's and I wasn't looking to disparage either CAI or PTR, just get to the bottom of it all. Until this rifle I have never owned a factory made Cetme or HK, I've always built my own from kits and home made components.

Even PTR has it's problems, but they are considered to have excellent customer service and there are very few PTR owners that can find fault in their purchases.

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I have "fixed" too many century CETMEs, mostly in the mag well areas. I made several sets of wooden wedges to expand the magwell. But crooked front sights (vertical alignment) are the normal.
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I've got an earlier Century CETME sporter with the original style flash hider and bayo lug I bought about 10 years ago. Despite the basic CETME sights and I've only ran foreign .mil ball ammo through it she shoots very well. Last time I had it out I was smacking an 8 inch steel plate at 200 with MEN 86 ball with ease.

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