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Old May 15th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone tried the "Rifled Hammerhead Barrel"? Is it really all its cracked up to be? And, is it better than The Freak barrel kit?
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Old May 17th, 2005, 04:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think rifled means anything, I thought that because paintballs are round, rifling does nothing what so ever. It's not like a bullet that can be rifled.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 04:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Precisely... the rifling in a paintball barell does little to effect the spin or the tajectory of the ball. There is no ballistic effect of a paintball travelling through the barrel -- in other words, the rifling is not forced into the shell of the ball to impart spin. Secondly, the paintball itself is not really spinnable. It is a fluid filled sphere and as such has many different forces acting upon it. You can not easily impart spin on this type of a vessel... Don't believe me, then try and spin a raw egg and tell me how easy that was.

Frankly, rifled barrels have no other purpose then to seperate you from your cash. They are hype designed to lure the new player down that slippery slope of the elite Uber Sniper...



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Old May 18th, 2005, 07:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ive used a Thunderpig barrel, its ok, but its cheap

rifiling is useless
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 07:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Precisely... the rifling in a paintball barell does little to effect the spin or the tajectory of the ball. There is no ballistic effect of a paintball travelling through the barrel -- in other words, the rifling is not forced into the shell of the ball to impart spin. Secondly, the paintball itself is not really spinnable. It is a fluid filled sphere and as such has many different forces acting upon it.
I totally agree with MedicDVG. Hard to spin something thats round a bullet is elongated and has a "flat" area to have contact with the rifling to impart spin. I 've seen the barrel it looks cool. But I think the porting should be angled forward like the Evil Pipe kit since the ball and turbulance are traveling forward. I believe that rifling is totally useless for a paintball. My boy has an Empire Twister barrel and it shoots straight for like 80-90% of the distance of the balls flight then it will start to really wing off target he's lucky if he even hits his target on a medium to long shot. Save your money don't waste it on this kit unless you really want to try it.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 12:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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it is proven that rifleing doesnot help a paintball.. the ball caint handle the amount of spin it would take to help its flight path with out busting.. second it doesnt spin the ball anyway.... the only thing about a barrel that will help acuracy it paint to barrel match and as smooth as a barrel you can get.. and one that self cleans good...
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 10:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Better yet, maybe you should spin a paintball. Would that not make more sense?

I agree with MedicDVG on the fact that rifling does not help paintballs because of their shape, but I disagree about the statement that a paintballs' trajectory can not be affected by spin. Yes the paintball is a fluid filled sphere similar to an egg, but notice that if you roll a paintball on a flat surface it rolls like any round solid object.

Another thing is that the Flatline barrel is proven to work by putting a spin on the paintball. In conclusion we are shooting paintballs not eggs.

Note: I am not claiming rifling works. I am claiming that a paintball can be spun to affect its trajectory. As already stated, rifling does not work because (1) the paintball is round and (2) there is no force on the paintball to expand into the rifling threads.
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Old July 25th, 2005, 09:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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my friend has a twister and its got great accuracy might just be a good paint match tough.
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Old July 25th, 2005, 09:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Circular rifling and straight rifling are different. Circular rifling is the rifling you see in ral firearms. Which does nothing for paintball.

Straight rifling allows for air to have even pressure around the ball, stabalizing it's flight to an extent.

So yes, rifling will help, but only the correct kind.

Not all rifling is the cirved, circular kind. That is a misconception.
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Old July 25th, 2005, 09:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hammerheads use a straight rifling, does this do what he^ claims? I dunno. The reason i think the hammerheads are so good is their tolerances. It's just a well built high-grade barrel.
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