i thank you both, steve and tommo,
after doing some research, knowing you get what you pay for, and that its about 50/50 on getting a good one. i went ahead and bought one.
understand, that i love to try my skills at solving problems.
completly stripped it down, there was so much blasting media in it, it was like sand paper when you cycled the action. after cleaning (read, flushing it in the solvent tank),lubing and greasing where needed it cycled better but still rough due to the finish inside the rcvr, better, but still rough.
the fit of the synthetic stock and handguard was very good and overall cond of the parts was almost new. welds on my rifle where very good and clean, not like some that have globs of weld showing. headspace was in the go range, so off to the range.
the rifle wouldn't eject or extract for 60 rounds. the next 20 was hit or miss. 20 more and she started to run. at 120 rounds she was running and fed perfectly for 80 more. back home and another complete tear down, cleaning and lube. things were starting to smooth out, headspace was the same.
another battle pack of 200 rounds the next day and this baby ate everything without one bobble. i admit to using HK/G3 mags for most of break in, while tring the CETME mags, which worked perfectly, only to try them. the sights were right on at 50yds.
this rifle has no muzzle break and is got to be the loudest .308 i ever shot.
so far i'm one happy camper, although it proved not to be much of a challenge so far. time will tell. the action is gettin smooth as grease.
great rifle for the money, accurate,(at short range), and looks very cool.
i wouldn't bet my life on it yet. an excellent truck gun.
i do belive that century may have improved thier recvrs, or maybe i got one that was put together by someone who knew what they were doing.
while shooting, another club member came over and said he had one with a stainless recvr that worked well but the sights were off by about 8 inches left. he was surprised that mine shot as well as it did.