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Old 10-07-2013, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Coming back to paintball... again, questions about accuracy.

I played paintball for years back in the late 90's, stopped in the early 00's, then tried coming back a couple years ago but only really managed to go out and play twice.

Now I'd like to try again but I'd like to do a bit of research before buying a marker (already have a good mask).

I know there were a TON of psuedo-accuracy boosters back in the day, venturi bolts, backspin barrels, sizers of every shape and form... but from first hand experience and experience from friends most of them were "misses". Backspin bolts and barrels were okay for increasing range but accuracy seemed to suffer.

So I'd like a hard physics lesson about what ACTUALLY makes a difference in accuracy.

I know that one of the most important things is ball to ball consistency, so higher end paintballs are important, and I believe the other major thing is that the air shot to shot in the marker is obviously going to be a big factor. Other then that, how much exactly do barrels and sizers make a difference?

I came to MCB because it was more my style, I like low ROF (pumps and pistols), and shot to shot accuracy is a lot more important with that type of play so I want to find a marker (or markers) that will suit my needs in that way.

I used a phantom years ago and I liked it, but I would love to hear about newer technology that has enabled markers to be a bit more ball on ball accurate.

All advice is welcome!
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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shoot an autococker thay are the most accurate

j/k what he said ^^^^^^^
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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OK maybe what nofxkid2005 said sounds better lol
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The air volume shot to shot doesn't make a difference?

Basically I'm wondering if any of the newer valves/"drivetrains" has made a difference.

I thought the phantom was a great marker, but using a set of springs with a weighted hammer to open a valve seems so archaic for trying to keep consistent numbers. Just wondering if that really makes a difference and if any markers have shown a noticeable difference.
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I guess I need to, I thought they were the same kind of gimmick as all the others, but apparently people are having really good luck with them.
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The air volume shot to shot doesn't make a difference?

Basically I'm wondering if any of the newer valves/"drivetrains" has made a difference.

I thought the phantom was a great marker, but using a set of springs with a weighted hammer to open a valve seems so archaic for trying to keep consistent numbers. Just wondering if that really makes a difference and if any markers have shown a noticeable difference.
Air volume has way more to do with efficiency then accuracy. Consistency does play a good roll in accuracy, if your marker is consistent, you have a better idea of where it should be shooting.
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I thought the phantom was a great marker, but using a set of springs with a weighted hammer to open a valve seems so archaic for trying to keep consistent numbers. Just wondering if that really makes a difference and if any markers have shown a noticeable difference.
Someone else will have to point you to the right spot, but there's an article thread here about how the Nelson valve train actually self-regulates surprisingly well for its simplicity.

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While build quality, precision, and consistency of your gun will help improve your accuracy, paint quality and your interaction with the gun will have far more of an effect than all other factors combined
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