I was all atwitter. That Guy gave me a CETME picatinny rail receiver mount that didn't work so well for him and I slapped it on my CETME. It sure did FEEL solid. I ignored the voice of experience in my head. I don't know why I do that. It was telling me "You know about mounting scopes and there is nothing holding this mount to the receiver except a couple of clamps. It's going to suck under recoil". But my eyes were saying, "Wow, doesn't it look cool when you pop the scope in the quick detach mount on there?" Range time was a disaster. The bore-sighter lied and said 5 inches high. Ok, so let's try over 5 feet low. I set up a target a little less than 5 feet high. I taped targets from top to bottom.
I aimed at the bottom. BOOM. Nothing.
I aimed at the middle. BOOM. Nothing.
I aimed at the top. BOOM. Nothing? Was that dust?
BOOM. Yep, definitely dust, but in front of the target, not behind.
And, oh wait, there's a hole in the target. Great! But, wait there are LOTS of holes in the target.
Hmmm. BOOM. Ohhhhhh. I'm shooting rocks in FRONT of the target. Hence, the rock shrapnel which has now rendered my target all but useless for determining where the rounds are hitting. There is no scope that can adjust for over 5 feet of elevation at 100 yards. Back to the drawing board.
The mount has threaded screws so you can change elevation, so I haven't lost hope. Yet.
I pop off the scope and loosen the mount. I see what I will call evidence of "slippage" of the mount on the receiver. Remember the little voice? Now it was saying, "I told you so." I hate when he's right.
Also, I will add here that the rifle itself is just fine for what it is. A battle rifle. It will shoot inside of 15 inches using open sights at 300 yards and the spread is all me, I'm sure. Mounting optics seems something of an afterthought in the design.
I debated trying it again and I had done a bit of research to see what I was getting into. I wasn't pleased with the terms "fiddle" and "tinker" to make it work. We're talking about a scoped rifle I was intending to take game with. I owe the animal more than that. I expect 1 MOA or less or it doesn't go into the field. I also didn't feel like using a whole package of JB Weld like I saw in this humorous video. Really? I don't begrudge anyone whatever they want to do to their stuff, but I'm kind of past the "rigging" stage of firearms ownership. I'm liking the nice stuff I own now. So, I'm following the path that That Guy has decided to go down and sell this and maybe another gun I don't use and get an AR-10. You know, something with a rail as part of the design. I'd love to go with a SCAR-H, but I'd have to have a whole lot of CETMEs to sell to get there.