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Was looking to get a nice rifle to try shooting with aperture sights and found the CG63. Then I found that I could add aperture sights to my Tikka T3 Light 6.5x55 and dropped the idea of getting a CG63. Then I got to thinking...

My T3 has a 22' barrel and the CG63 has a 29" barrel. Not sure how accurate used CG63 is but my T3 is very accurate with a scope. Would there be much of an advantage to having the extra 7" of barrel to increase the sight radius? My AK has a short sight radius and it does well to 300+ yards with iron sights.
Which would be better for iron sight shooting, a shorter accurate rifle or a surplus rifle with longer sight radius? Just looking for a different way to do some plinking.
A CG63 is not really a "surplus" rifle. It's a match grade target rifle built on a surplus receiver with a new production (at time of conversion) heavy target barrel. There are plenty of people who know a lot more about this rifle than I do, but, as with any old rifle, accuracy is dependent in large part on bore condition. There are plenty of CG63s out there with excellent bores that will go round for round with a modern Tikka or Sako. The length of the sight radius definitely affects accuracy. I don't think you can compare a CG63 to a "modern" sporting rifle like a Tikka T3. They're just two different animals. I have a CG63 that was built on a 1917 Carl Gustafs receiver and converted by Carl Guatafs in 1965. The bore is mint and it will put rounds on a target that touch at 100 yards. It's by far one of my favorite rifles in my collection.
 

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I do like shooting my shorter barrel T3 but there is something about shooting a rifle with a longer barrel. It must be a male thing
Putting a bloop tube on my T3 might give me the feel of a longer barrel but it might be like having a penile extension... (guess I wont be buying a bloop tube now)

I am just looking to have a fun plinker that does shoot well. The only thing I dont like about buying surplus/used is its usually a crap shoot weather its a good one or a bad one. I am no expert when it comes to judging a surplus/used ffirearm. You dont know till you get to the range. My M91/30 barrel looked good but the bore turned out to be .315". When first shooting it, it patterned like a shotgun. After much work shims and finding a good load that will work with the oversize barrel it turned out to be a good shooter.

The only thing I read that worries me is I found some info that said some of the CG63 have been rebarreled several times and the stretching of the receiver has made them unsafe or prone to fail. Something about setting the barrel back each time it has a new barrel attached??? Not sure if what I read is correct. Is there a way to tell if the receiver has stretched and is going to fail from too many rebarrelings? Could a gun smith detect that? Internet rumor?
I don't think you'll find the same variance in a Swede as you sometimes find in a Mosin-Nagant. If you buy from a reputable dealer and you pick the right rifle, you should have a good shooter.
 

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I looked at a bunch online at Simpsons Ltd. I sure would like to take a trip there with a briefcase full of cash. I am sure I would have no problem finding a good one there along with some other rifles that are on my dream list.
That's where I got mine back in December. He's running low on them, though - you should have seen the inventory when I bought mine. They had so many with excellent bores, matching numbers and excellent bluing. The last time I looked, the number with excellent bores was pretty small.
 

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And it does. The most difficult part is finding the perfect target for your globe. I find that I shot different groups from the same rifle depending on what size target I put up at 100m. One way or another - diopters are very hard to beat, I mean, I outshoot friends with their modern scoped rifles routinely with my FSR and CG-xx rifles. if not for a CWD around here, I would be hunting (head shots) deer with a diopter sights too, its just difficult to go for vitals with diopter as there are no painted 8" circles on the white tail :)
I thought you guys might be interested in another target that I killed yesterday. This was at 51 yards, using both hand loads and PPU factory. The PPU factory loads are on top. As you can see, the PPU ammo shoots very well.
 

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