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Posted: 12/3/2005 9:31:29 AM EDT
What is the going rate of the Spanish FR8 bolt action .308. Also what can you tell me about them
Link Posted: 12/3/2005 9:45:32 AM EDT
I bought mine about 10 months a go. And at that time I paid $215 for it.

Mine has the straight bolt, and ugly wood.

All I know about the FR8 is that it was a in between rifle for Spain until the CETME was built. I collect HK rifles, and have a cheap Century Cetme so I like the FR8 because it has a G3 flash hider, HK/CETME hooded front sight.

It is a fun little rifle, and would make a cheap trunk gun.

Chris


Link Posted: 12/3/2005 10:01:00 AM EDT
I bought one from Roses department store when they still sold guns. I paid $99 for it and $75 for a decent condition Enfield No4 Mk1.

The FR8 has a pretty decent kick to it.
Link Posted: 12/3/2005 12:09:02 PM EDT
Don't listen to people who say you can't use standard .308 Win-7.62 NATO in the FR-8. It's bull, The FR-7 is the rifle that uses the reduced charge 7.62 not the FR-8. The FR-8s are built on large ring Mauser actions, the FR-7 used the small ring Mauser plus a weaker barrel.


Mine has the straight bolt, and ugly wood.


+1
Link Posted: 12/4/2005 3:06:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/4/2005 3:08:06 AM EDT by GaryM]
Good rifles. Short but heavy they can use NATO 7.62 ammo. Trigger is not the greatest but they are accurate enough and plenty strong and if you are lucky they will have that neat pull through string cleaning kit in the storage tube under the barrel. I like mine even though I rarely shoot it anymore.
Oh yeah, I bought it long ago for around 135 bucks I think. maybe ten years back.
Link Posted: 12/4/2005 9:25:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/5/2005 12:45:39 AM EDT
I like mine. I got it for $200, with fresh park and beautiful stock.

It is a fun gun, a nice bridge between humble military bolt gun and black rifle of death. I am surprised they they do not bring a higher price considering the apparent demand. It seems almost worthy of a modern clone.
Link Posted: 12/5/2005 3:06:44 PM EDT

Paid $200 for mine 5 years ago. It is pretty clean, fresh park, nice wood.

It is by far my favorite old bolt gun. I'd buy another one.

Link Posted: 12/9/2005 7:26:11 AM EDT
I've only had mine about a year. Think it was about $200. Came with bayo, sling, sight tool, and 250 rounds of surplus .308. Shoots great but I'm not really fond of the rear sight.

I agree w/ Raf that it would make a great scout rifle. Wonder how hard it would be to make an optics rail...

echo6
Link Posted: 12/9/2005 7:40:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/9/2005 7:46:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/9/2005 12:45:03 PM EDT
I love them. Great little rifle. Fun to shoot and has a great look to it too. After a few rounds out of the m44 the Nato doesnt seem that harsh! Liked my first one so much I own three now. Not as easy to find cheap these days.....
Link Posted: 12/9/2005 1:05:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 7:58:14 AM EDT by dalesimpson]
I bought a beautiful example of an FR8 last week at the gun show in Oshkosh. It has dark wood that is in excellent shape and a straight bolt handle. I paid more for it than I had wanted, but I have always wanted one. I haven't shot it yet, but I will soon.
Link Posted: 12/9/2005 1:13:16 PM EDT
200$ about going rate giveor take....


echo is yer gun,,but they dont import FR8's any more.,so i guess im givein the C=R dont bubba it speeech (sorry),,,,, the rear site is 100v,,200,300 and 400m,,,,,,,,,,, buncho finfo on cetmerifles.com and gunboards cetme /fr8 page,,,


ive had mine fer 2 years now,, i love it!
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:35:06 PM EDT
i saw one today at the show for $425....yes i said four twenty five. too bad, i would have liked to find one for $200 or so.
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 1:00:19 AM EDT
I paid $139 for mine at Dunhams.
Fun rifle to shoot. Thinking about getting some wolf or silver bear to run thru it to see how it works.


Link Posted: 12/11/2005 1:15:07 AM EDT
I've got a bayonet for one so I guess I'm going to have to buy one eventually. Anybody seen them for sale for $200 lately?
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 3:59:53 AM EDT
A friend has on for sale at the fun show for $185. A fellow arfcommer bought an ishapore enfield for a scout rifle project yesterday. He either missed the fr8 or didn't want it.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 12:48:30 AM EDT
The FR8 is one of the few guns I cleaned from my collection that I miss....neat gun....but, as has been noted several times....THEY GIVE YA THE BOOT!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 6:12:49 AM EDT
I've always wanted one. Mauser action, just short of 1m long and chambered in a manly caliber, what's not to love?

I'm bidding right now for one in an online auction, will post pics if I come out on top by tomorrow noon. Wish me luck.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 6:26:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By raf:

Originally Posted By echo6:
I've only had mine about a year. Think it was about $200. Came with bayo, sling, sight tool, and 250 rounds of surplus .308. Shoots great but I'm not really fond of the rear sight.

I agree w/ Raf that it would make a great scout rifle. Wonder how hard it would be to make an optics rail...

echo6



Just buy one from www.xssights.com



FYI order the 1" model. Mine is on the way, stripped the barrel yesterday, ready to start a new life as a scout.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 8:36:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:21:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/13/2005 4:04:53 PM EDT by ar-wrench]

Originally Posted By raf:


ar-wrench, if you are going to build a Scout rifle, go here:www.frfrogspad.com/index.htm and scroll down until you see the Scout Rifle header. very good info there, and well worth reading before you start.



Thanks, raf, that site had some good info and links.

I have been studying Jeff Coopers info for several years now, and am finally going ahead with the project. My 50 year old eyes are demanding some sighting help (missed 4 deer this season) and the scout setup should help.

My FR8 is very accurate, and has been begging for some nice glass for some time now. It will be getting a nice Leupold for Christmas.

I have found some detachable mags and a syn stock, not sure I want to go that route right now.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:29:38 PM EDT
I started wanting one about 2 years ago, but the going price was about $200 and I didn't want to spend that much knowing that they had been going for about $100 when they first got here. Now that I'm willing to pay up to $250 for one, the going price seems to be around $350.

Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:59:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:
I started wanting one about 2 years ago, but the going price was about $200 and I didn't want to spend that much knowing that they had been going for about $100 when they first got here. Now that I'm willing to pay up to $250 for one, the going price seems to be around $350.




That is how it goes with the milsurps. Nice Garands were under $200 a number of years ago, and the going price for not as nice ones is about $700 now.

I bought 2 FR8's for $95 each, and was able to hand pick them from a group of 25. That was in the 80's when they first came in. I tried to sell mine for $250 here in the EE this summer, and had no interest, so I kept it for another deer season. Now I am upgrading it.

The combination of short overall length, 7.62 NATO chambering, flash suppressor, grenade launcher, bayonet, and onboard cleaning kit is just too neat a package to pass up. Plus, some of the parts on my rifle have Waffen proofs from WWII.

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 6:01:51 AM EDT
Got mine today, matching numbers, complete with bayonet and original cleaning kit. Early delivery by Santa.

(click for bigger pic)


Link Posted: 12/14/2005 6:07:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 6:17:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 6:23:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By u352:

Originally Posted By UZI4you:
All I know about the FR8 is that it was a in between rifle for Spain until the CETME was built.



The FR-8 was modified from the Spanish M-43 to make trainers. The FR-7 were modified from the M-1916.



Yup, no real history to them. Not used in any conflict. Esentially a drill rifle.

But, they shoot like a house-a-fire!



Fr-8 group.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 7:10:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 12:02:44 PM EDT by MudBug]

Originally Posted By u352:

Originally Posted By UZI4you:
All I know about the FR8 is that it was a in between rifle for Spain until the CETME was built.



The FR-8 was modified from the Spanish M-43 to make trainers. The FR-7 were modified from the M-1916.




I don't think they were made to be trainers, they were built to arm their Civilian Guard.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 8:28:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 11:07:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:57:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raf:
FYI, and IIRC, any muzzle device that will fit a CETME rifle will also fit an FR-8. This includes flash suppressors, compensators, and brakes. Just a thought...



Bayonets as well as identical.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 12:27:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Herr_Luger:
Got mine today, matching numbers, complete with bayonet and original cleaning kit. Early delivery by Santa.

(click for bigger pic)

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SWEEEEEET!!!!!!
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