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    Default New (used) Cetme Sporter 308

    Greetings from Arizona! By some amazing streak of luck, I managed to get my hands on a Cetme 308 G3 clone for about normal market price, with a ton of extras and over $100 worth of ammunition free of charge!

    I'm fairly new to long rifles, I'm more of a shotgun person, but I love a .308 round and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to pick this thing up. Aside from being spray painted camo (which a little acetone and paint thinner will solve), the thing looks great.

    I was curious about a few things though, because I know a 308 round has a lot of potential for slightly longer ranges. The Cetme seems to perform well at about 200-400 yards before its lethality and accuracy drop off the face of the earth. My question is, on a budget, what's a good scope that I could get for my brand new used gun? Doesn't have to be anything super fancy, it's not a life or death thing.

    Another question I had was for any other Cetme owners. I've been looking around the internet and keep getting conflicting answers, and it'd be nice to get something more definitive. Which parts fit this gun: The H&K G3, or the H&K 91? The old wood stock on there isn't the greatest, and it has a black pistol grip with a green handguard underneath all the paint. Which means I have 1 of each of the three sets: Matte black, Green, or traditional wooden. An answer to this would be great before I set my sights on something particular.

    Thanks for the help!

    Oh, and here is a picture of the gun, courtesy of the previous owner.

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    Congratulations of your new rifle. I too own a Century Arms CETME. And I also live in Arizona. Don't worry, .308 "lethality" is considerable way beyond 400 yards. My CETME is surprisingly accurate, and to enhance that, I mounted a 3x-9x scope on it, and as successful as that was out to 200 yards, I am now considering upgrading to an all out 8x-32x or 10x-40x power scope. Why not? They can be had for under $150, with illuminated reticles and rings included. While my CETME is not as accurate as a dedicated bolt action target rifle, properly sighted in with such optics I could easilly guarantee a hit on a Democrat sized target at 600 yards or so. At shorter ranges, I am happy to rely on my .223 and 7.62x39 rifles.

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    I love the look of these guns, congrats on your buy

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    Congratulations, that's a great looking gun!
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    I'll add a few notes, one that the camo job was a really difficult thing to remove. And that the owner jammed a screw into the handguard and it needed all the tools of my local gunsmith to remove.

    But it's a used gun. Without the screw in the handguard, it seems tight enough to remain comfy. I was definitely looking into scopes, being able to find one out to 400 yards would be great, so if you guys have any suggestions on that range let me know! I'd love to know brands for it.

    The guy was nice enough to include some magazines, two stripper clips, a bipod and even 126 rounds of match grade ammunition. More testing needs to be done, but I figure I'll probably drop $15 on a new firing pin because this one is old enough to where it may be slowing down. Everything else about it is wonderful though.

    For a .308 rifle, I have no trouble admitting it's a great first gun. I probably wouldn't use it competitively.

    Also want to note... I've never fired a semi automatic rifle from prone before. I actually pulled the bolt back on it twice and ejected perfectly good rounds. Something to get used to I suppose.

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    I have a CETME also. Mine came with a bayonet, and 13 magazines. I've read quite a bit about these rifles and from what I've read the one produced by Century Arms are not all that great. I've had mine close to 8 years, and have never shot it, the reason being I also have an AR-10 and a Springfield M1A Squard Scout rifle. The scope mount for the CETME is the same one made for the HK 91, and is an instant on, instant off mount. I have a 3 to 9 power scope on the mount, but have not used the scope yet, or even sighted in the rifle.
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    It is well that you already have a mount and a cheekrest. Check out these scopes at Sportsman's Guide> WX2-217830 - AIM Sports® 10 - 40x56 mm Extreme Tactical Scope and WX2-216626 - AIM Sports® 8 - 32x50 mm Mil Dot Illuminated Reticle Bubble Level Scope, Matte Black. Your choice for $107.99 with your Buyer's Club membership, and both include rings free of charge. Read the customer reviews. Enjoy.

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    Thanks for the scope reviews, I'm super happy it came with a mount and can't wait to get some optics on it. I even have a professional who's willing to sight it in for me. While not probably accurate out to 1000 yards (due to barrel length and twist), I've heard it's pretty great out to about 400 or 500 before serious calculations need to take place. Ones that I'll probably make some day, but considering that I love in a forest, finding a 700 yard stretch without a million trees is well difficult. I'll need to find a range for that, and I'll have to practice quite a bit more.

    Thanks for all the help guys! Also, I did have one light strike from the firing pin yesterday, but I figure a replacement will fix that up. Hopefully.

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