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Hi all, I'm thinking of purchasing an su16f, I've actually got a loaner here with me as I type this that I have the option of buying. Spent the better part of my evening reading on the forum.

Few questions

I have a read a bit about the cracked receiver issues, is there a serial number range to avoid? Or is it just a problem that pops up in the occasional rare occurrence.

Anything I should look out for when buying used as opposed to new (known problems, wear, ect)

Thanks in advance, Gallen270
 

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Hello, I can't really answer your questions but I can tell you I have 2 "C" and one "E" model and never had any issues! These are unique lightweight designs that so far work extremely well for me! I have heard/read a few stories too of cracking some time ago but didn't stop me from getting these over the years. I really like these rifles and yes I own other rifles from AR's to Mini14 to SKS.
 

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I have a read a bit about the cracked receiver issues, is there a serial number range to avoid? Or is it just a problem that pops up in the occasional rare occurrence.
No, there's no serial number range. Since you've read through forums, you're likely aware of the inspection procedure, but just in case there's a picture here:
http://www.thektog.org/forum/f88/300-rounds-my-receiver-broke-266748/index2.html#post2391795

Have a look at the stake area and verify that the guide rod hasn't started unscrewing from under the stake.

Also, look at the inside of the receiver for the signs of the contact. Note that the carrier comes pretty closely and the flying debris (such as dirty oil) create an outline of the carrier on the back wall. That outline is not a cause for alarm. If the carrier hits there, you can see scouring on the plastic.

If you're super concerned, you can put a couple of layers of masking tape on the carrier and rack it. You should not feel it touching.

I have to say though, I've never seen an SU-16 breaking itself, although undoubtedly such things happen. So my suggestions are somewhat academic.
 

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I am a bit of neophyte when it comes to SU-16C. However I have seen no indication that my SU-16c is slamming into the back of the receiver.

Maybe you take the chance and if it cracks you can always send it back to get fixed.
 

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I am a bit of neophyte when it comes to SU-16C. However I have seen indication that my SU-16c is slamming into the back of the receiver.

Maybe you take the chance and if it cracks you can always send it back to get fixed.
Kel-Tec has gone on record stating that it should not strike the back of the receiver. If you demonstrate to them that it definitely is, they may perhaps fix the issue for you under warranty.
 
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