Well, a bad 'lunch' at the range. And I know that it's better than a good lunch at work.
I took the freshly scoped CETME to the range to see if I could get it to shoot. This was the 3rd scope attempt, and frankly- the last chance for this gun.
Backstory- I bought the CETME the day that the Assault Weapons Ban ended. It is a good gun- works well, does not jam, and I can do decent with the crappy iron sights it has. But they are crappy irons, and my eyes are not getting any younger. I can hit with accuracy out to 100 yards, but beyond that, it's luck. So I have been attempting to scope this rifle so I could get hunting accuracy with it.
But I cannot get a scope mounted to it that does not give me 5-6" accuracy at 50 yards. It's just a clamp on a sheet metal receiver. It's not solid enough under .308 recoil.
At the range I took the CETME and the CZ-527 Carbine. The CETME- well, a 5" shotgun pattern at 50 yards. The CZ carbine is dialed in with a 154Gr SP Herter's load that gave me a couple of one hole groups, but had some unexplainable fliers. I think that it's just not consistent enough- it's designed to be a cheap blasting load, not a whitetail head puncher. The 122-124 Grain loads that everyone loads give 3" groups.
So- I have one rifle that is pretty much good to go for chest shots. But the rifle can do better. Time to start handloading...anyone know where I can get 154 Grain .311 softpoint bullets?
And the CETME... well, I guess it's going to the next gunshow with me. Probably going to sell it and get an easily scope-able, Magazine fed, semi-auto .308. AR-10, M1A, etc... Suggestions?