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I just has my first paintball outing recently, and I encountered a problem. I shoot, and the paintball doesn't go straight. Along with bullet drop, the paint fly every which way. How can I counter this? the direction of the shot seems random.

Should I get better paint? Should I clean the barrel? Should I aim differently? How am I supposed to use the sights?
 

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clean the barrel and use quality paint.

you're not supposed to use sites, they're not going to help you in any way. look down the side of the marker and watch the paintballs travel; adjust as needed.
 

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It sounds like the barrel had some paint in it, this commonly causes the paintballs to shoot "everywhere". However, bad/dimpled paintballs can cause the same thing. To test the paintballs, they should be hard and not mushy or soft and make sure they do not have dimples.

As for aiming, you just look down the barrel. If you don't have the chance to practice shooting before you play again, just aim as best you can while you are playing and use the first shot as a test shot. Then adjust your follow up shots accoringly.



What type of paintball marker were you using?
 

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Try using a different barrel, if it's a rental A-5 try getting Flatline and putting that on there, also, make sure the paint isn't dimpled, dirty on the shell or frozen.
 

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just shoot more and shoot faster. accuracy is for stupid people, fire rate and insane, uncontrolled bursts are the way to go.

Obviously im kidding. Find a barrel with a good bore that matches your paintballs well. IDK if youve discovered this yet, but sights and scopes are worthless on paintball guns, except the fact that they make the look cool, so don't even go there. You may need to adjust your velocity. It might be you and not your gun, I remember the first time I played paintball, I was pretty nervous and that made me take inaccurate shots. If all else fails, change your paint.
 

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With rentals you are pretty much consigned to whatever paint and marker they have available. Frankly some places sell crap for field paint, and white box, or walmart paint is often mis-shapened, dimpled, or has flat spots from sitting around all summer.

Frankly, if clean the barrel, and are shooting under 300FPS if they are still going everywhere -- its the field paint. Upgrade to a better paint or just live with it and have fun.
 

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Another way to compensate after you do all of the things the other people have said, is to shoot and move closer if you're not shooting accurately enough for yourself. It's a whole lot easier to hit someone from 20ft than 40.
 

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Yeah, my first outing this happened and I found that a quick swab of the barrel made a nice difference. I have a 20 gauge shotgun cleaning kit and that cleans paintball barrels great. I keep it as part of my gear bag.
 
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Since Dye's material cost went thru the roof (cesae in dye stick manufacturing)... the advent of microfiber swabs and their high price.....and the fuzzy sticks from Empire being about as effective as cleaning your windshield with dirt (after their first use).... I've actually decided to go back oldschool..


I'm using a Straight Shot...
 
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Anyone else think that accuracy is measured by volume these days? Just keep shooting till you hit something! haha. Just like PABaller said, it's easier to hit somebody from up close, rather than far away!
The only situation where I'm concerned about accuracy over volume-accuracy is when I'm snapping against someone, they've become predictable, and I have lane-dominance

Now that I know he's not changing sides or heights, I memorize where his face was, and I 1 ball it every 1.5-3 seconds...1-3" right off the side of the bunker. With a little patience, the guy will side-step right into it.

But yeah...only moments I care about accuracy.
 

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if your really on a budget and have nothing else and everybody wont let you use their squeggie, roll up some paper towels two set, one dry and one wet fit them in the barrel with the wet one then the dry one after. yes its cheap and crude but when someone wont lend you a hand, it does work just dont get it caught or you will have to use a squeggie just to get it out.
 

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for about a week i had the same problem for my donor marker, piranha, and i was like wtf!? and so i took the barrel off and looked down it as saw that (i had cleaned it previously) there was like paint that was harden in the barrel that the squeegee could not get out, so i took a drum stick and glued cleaning pad (basically the green side on the back of a sponge, had a little 2x3 inch pad)to the stick and ran that up and down the barrel and it was perfectly clean, another thing people dont look at is how clean your hopper is, on that same gun i checked out the hopper and the inside was filthy with paint, basically the balls sit in there, collect the fish oil or whatever is in the balls, and coats your barrel in basically grease causing your balls to just glide through the barrel instead of being guided by it, they just get lobbed out in any direction, so just clean one then the other LOL dont do one at a time.
 
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I'd be afraid of the abrasive side of the scrubby pad marring up the internal surface of the barrel. I realize you probably don't have to press very hard, but the concept is inherent in the design.


Overall - I'd suggest taking the barrel and soaking it in warm, lightly soapy water overnight before the use of a scouring or scrubby pad... though I may steal the idea for other cleaning applications. :)
 
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