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Old February 26th, 2010, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are my upgrades not working together?

Hi, I am a very casual painball player. I play 2 or 3 times a year with the same bunch of people. Many of us rent equipment but each year it seems a few more of us buy our own. About two years ago I bought the 98 Custom Pro ACT. This gun worked great for me against the mostly rented guns. Since then several others have bought their own guns. This one guy on the other team bought a 98 custom and added the flatline barrel. Well my team only won one match all day. It seemed that we were getting taken out before we could even get into position. Half the time I was so far out of range I wasn't even sure where to return fire.

After this match I decided it was time for an upgrade. I decided to match his flatline barrel and add a cyclone hopper. Since I have the custom pro with a dual trigger I figured the cyclone hopper would help maximize my rate of fire. I also decided to switch from my c02 tank to a compressed air tank.

My first question is about the flatline barrel. Soon as I got my upgrades I installed the barrel and hopper. I noticed a difference in my shots but not as much as I thought I would. The Flatline I bought was the screw on one since the custom pro cannot accommodate the other kind that needs to be installed on the body. Is there a difference in performance between the two products?

I didn't get to use my new compressed air tank right away as the nearest place to get it filled is not very convenient. This week I finally had time to get the tank filled. I hooked it up and headed into my backyard. The first few shots were great but then a breakage. No big deal I have had a break before and just do a quick cleaning through the elbow. Took a few more shots and another break. This continued over and over. Seems I can't get more then 4 to 5 shots off before breakage occurs. This was not a problem with my cO2 tank so why would the compressed air tank create breakage? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated as I am extremely frustrated.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I doubt the breaks are caused by the HPA. What is most likely happening is that the cold weather is making the paint shells more brittle. Combine that with the Cyclone and the Flatline which are both notoriously rough on paint and you are asking for some trouble.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I doubt the breaks are caused by the HPA. What is most likely happening is that the cold weather is making the paint shells more brittle. Combine that with the Cyclone and the Flatline which are both notoriously rough on paint and you are asking for some trouble.
That makes sense since the paintballs were stored in my garage which is not heated. I am in the north east and just got blasted with that big blizzard so everything is very cold here. What about the screw on flatline vs the mount on flatline? Seems to me that mount on one has more curve to the barrel but I don't know if that makes a difference.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 04:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The barrels are both the same thing. For the Flatline to work properly you have to be careful about the paint you use it needs to be thick shelled and a bit on the smaller side and with little to no visible seam. You also have to have your velocity between 270-285fps. I really find them to be more trouble than they are worth but they do have their fans.
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This one guy on the other team bought a 98 custom and added the flatline barrel. Well my team only won one match all day. It seemed that we were getting taken out before we could even get into position. Half the time I was so far out of range I wasn't even sure where to return fire.
It doesn't have anything to do with the gun you're shooting, winning or loosing is dependent on the skill of the individual players and how they work together. If one team is getting destroyed all day, mix up the teams.

As far as being out of range, you need to do some velocity checks.
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