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Hey, I finally made an account after browsing for a while.

A couple days ago I ordered a c308. It's new, the type with PTR collab, not the older cetme model, and it is not my only gun. I have heard mixed reports with c308's but the newer ones have better consistency and I have seen a lot of positive feedback in recent years.

I was wondering if anyone who actually owned one and cares to share their experience? What parts are known to fail and should be replaced? Can you replace the stock and spring assembly with a different stock from hkparts? (Hkparts says it will drop-in fit but I'm not 100% on that).

Thanks.
 

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Hey, I finally made an account after browsing for a while.

A couple days ago I ordered a c308. It's new, the type with PTR collab, not the older cetme model, and it is not my only gun. I have heard mixed reports with c308's but the newer ones have better consistency and I have seen a lot of positive feedback in recent years.

I was wondering if anyone who actually owned one and cares to share their experience? What parts are known to fail and should be replaced? Can you replace the stock and spring assembly with a different stock from hkparts? (Hkparts says it will drop-in fit but I'm not 100% on that).

Thanks.


I always wonder why people buy a gun or car or whatever, THEN try to find out information on it. Wouldn't it be better to do that before you buy it? Maybe I'm just weird that way. :xeye:
 

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Is this from Century? IIRC they are sorta iffy, Bubba types. I'm fond of fitting parts correctly, drop ins can be too loose for my tastes.

Mixed reviews? Well every firearm is different so you will just have to wait until you get yours and see for yourself.
 

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I always wonder why people buy a gun or car or whatever, THEN try to find out information on it. Wouldn't it be better to do that before you buy it? Maybe I'm just weird that way. :xeye:
I poured over everything I could find on the web about the c308.

Videos, articles, reviews. And then I went over them again.

I understand your attitude with foolish people but I was just wondering if anyone here had experience with this gun in an effort to gather MORE info.

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Is this from Century? IIRC they are sorta iffy, Bubba types. I'm fond of fitting parts correctly, drop ins can be too loose for my tastes.

Mixed reviews? Well every firearm is different so you will just have to wait until you get yours and see for yourself.
I suppose that's what it boils down to.

I wonder if there are any problem parts that show a trend of being prone to breaking first or wearing out first for those who have owned them here? I'd like to buy extras of those anyhow :thumb:
 

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biggest thing is to watch your bolt gap. other than that have fun. i dont have a C308 i have an older JLD PTR
 

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I poured over everything I could find on the web about the c308.

Videos, articles, reviews. And then I went over them again.

I understand your attitude with foolish people but I was just wondering if anyone here had experience with this gun in an effort to gather MORE info.

:upsidedown:



I suppose that's what it boils down to.

I wonder if there are any problem parts that show a trend of being prone to breaking first or wearing out first for those who have owned them here? I'd like to buy extras of those anyhow :thumb:
Had an early generation, which seemed to be a stereotypical century arms "Tuesday" build. Not a late Friday, nor hangover monkey Monday build, so at least there's that.

Would fire, and cycle. Intermittently. Not quite unsafe bolt gap wise, but just about there. A friend did some minor smith work on it & got it up to running reasonably well & safely so. Promptly sold it.

We have several PTR91's, and are rather pleased with the platform (G3 & CETME). Just not a fan of Century is all.

Your going to have to wait until you get yours, check the gap & run it for a bit & check again.

More than likely you should be good these days on a "new" one.

Recommended parts? Hmm dunno honestly. Spare firing pin & springs.

Upsized rollers, which you would need anyways some day. If you shoot it a bunch that is, even on a pristinely perfect build. That'd be a ways off though, if the gap is good.

Surplus CETME stuff should be fine. Its when folks want to, or try to use CETME stuff on G3's (PTR91's ex) where modification's are normally required.

Have fun & let us know how it runs!
 

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Is this from Century? IIRC they are sorta iffy, Bubba types. I'm fond of fitting parts correctly, drop ins can be too loose for my tastes.

Mixed reviews? Well every firearm is different so you will just have to wait until you get yours and see for yourself.
I have seen a lot of youtube reviewers who have charged the C308 and it popped off a round. But of course that was a couple of years ago and it was the ones put out by Century Arms.

The only thing I did not like about the rifle is it dinged the brass on the way out and made it useless for reloads... but not a problem if all you want to use is steel or don't reload.
 

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...The only thing I did not like about the rifle is it dinged the brass on the way out and made it useless for reloads... but not a problem if all you want to use is steel or don't reload.
FYI anyone whom may be interested in a future CETME/G3 type rifle:

A rubber port buffer bumper can be added onto CETME’s & G3 type rifles pretty easily. This removes the crease from the ejection port. May leave a simple depression on brass, however supposedly makes brass suitable for reloading.

Have the bumpers on our PTR’s, and save the brass. Haven’t reloaded rifle yet...

Another misnomer with CETME/G3 type brass is that the chamber fluting ruins it. A run thru a wet tumbler with media cleans such nicely, having done so. No idea on vibratory.
 
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