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Old 01-30-2019, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two great or horrible ideas; you decide!

1. Instead of using a flex hone for repolishing the inside of a barrel, use a "poor man's hone" by rubbing some jewellers polish (Chromium Oxide, 0.5 micron/14000 grit) on a cotton barrel swab then going to town with it!

If anyone had used a proper Flex hone (800 grit? 1200?), or actually knows about honing barrels, I'm interested to get your take!

*I am not responsible for people who try this and f-up their barrels. Disclaimer, disclaimer. Don't believe everything you read on the internet!*

#2. Lubricating barrels, down the barrel, then swabbing excess away. The goal being to improve seal around the ball and decrease coefficient of friction on the paint.

Before you call me crazy (I am), let me explain.

I've noticed after a couple games of play, the gelatin and whatnot of the paint tends to leave residue down ther barrel (clogged ports, am I right?). At a certain point, I've noticed (or imagined) more consistency shot-to-shot.

I'm wondering if this is placebo and/or repeatable? Then if it is a real thing, if it's controllable?

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Old 01-30-2019, 07:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't speak for point #1 but as for point #2 - I would imagine any lubrication inside the barrel would leave residue on the paintball. This residue would alter the flight pattern of the paintball.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Point 1 - I polished many a stock barrel with some doweling and cotton towel when I first started playing. I've never used a flexhone. I like to think I improved a few of them.

Point 2 - nope. You'll end up with paintball flights that look like corkscrews.
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Point 2) think barrel break, I mean if you want to test it go ahead but I for one would take +/-5 with what accuracy paintball has over +/-0 with no accuracy
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Old 01-30-2019, 11:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Rain x in the barrel works great according to cliff at app.

Makes it so you can shoot thru a break.
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Old 01-30-2019, 11:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'll share with you an ancient secret...

Windex.

Myself and lots of other players have just sprayed windex through the barrel after cleaning it and before play. Reduces friction and does everything you are trying to do... without changing anything about the barrel.

Rain-x similar idea, except this needs polishing to apply.

I also thought about that Hydrobead stuff, that repels mud off of gloves.
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Old 01-30-2019, 01:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not saying one way or another on rain-x working in paintbal barrels so stick with me. But my understanding on how it works on cars is that glass is hydrophilic. Rain-x creates a micro hydrophobic layer on top of the glass. So water beads up. I dont know if the same can be said about whatever molecule your barrel has for a finish inside and peg or whatever your paint is made of. I'm not saying it doesn't work. I just wonder what is really going on there. It could very well be the same principle.
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Dang this makes me miss the Evil Driver barrel.

Angled porting. Mmmmmmm.
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Not saying one way or another on rain-x working in paintbal barrels so stick with me. But my understanding on how it works on cars is that glass is hydrophilic. Rain-x creates a micro hydrophobic layer on top of the glass. So water beads up. I don't know if the same can be said about whatever molecule your barrel has for a finish inside and peg or whatever your paint is made of. I'm not saying it doesn't work. I just wonder what is really going on there. It could very well be the same principle.
My best understanding is that Windex would act like a degreaser to help get the barrel even cleaner. Along that same vain Rain-x would repel paint/oil as it does water and help you 'shoot out' that same stuff, thereby degreasing the barrel and getting in cleaner.
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J&J Ceramic Barrel with shoot through technology. These worked great as long as you swabbed them after a break.. Rain X always seemed to work for me , I just felt better knowing I had a clean barrel bore.
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