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Poll: Sorting Paint (13 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you sort your paint by size?

  1. No. (7 votes [53.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 53.85%

  2. Yes, a few balls per bag/case to give me an idea of size. (3 votes [23.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.08%

  3. Yes, more than a few paintballs per bag/case. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Yes, all of my paint, every last ball, sorted by size. (2 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  5. The ubiquitous "other." (please explain below) (1 votes [7.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.69%

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#1 User is offline   cjottawa 

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:59 AM

One-balling people is about consistency - stable gas source, precise marker design, setup and tuning, clean barrel and paint matched to the barrel bore size.

On that last point, folks, if you're serious about one-balling people, you have to size your paint.

I suppose you could do like the tournament guys and trying blowing a few paintballs through Freak inserts until you find one that's a good fit. They only do this for a few paintballs per box though and call it good enough since, if a few shots go astray, there are 15 more balls following it.

You want to be truly disciplined about paint-to-bore matching?

Get a good quality ball gauge and drop every ball through, sorting into bags for different sizes. I use a Hammerhead gauge as it's the only one I've found that's precision cut: http://hammerheadpaintball.com/index.php?o...=3&Itemid=3
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As an aside: you'll find the better quality paint will have less variation in size. Draxxus Hellfire was fantastic, when they still made it. I shoot X-Ball Gold now which is close but has a bit more of a seam. Seamless paint is preferred as the size changes less as the ball rotates.

So, who else does this? I can't be the only one with half a dozen numbered zip-lock baggies in front of me while watching TV...

This post has been edited by cjottawa: 01 September 2009 - 08:06 AM

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:25 AM

I think thats a little bit insane.

I just use my smallest insert, .679. I seem to get best results just using this.

Plus, by the time you play theres a chance that the paint will have changed sizes. Paint seems to do that a lot.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:58 PM

Wow, you must have a either a ton of patience, or a ton of free time.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:07 PM

The simple change from A/C to the heat or cold could cause the size to change by time it shoots out of your barrel.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:20 PM

Tiny barrel = no problems.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:34 PM

Or the rapid constriction on the paintball at over 200 mph could cause a barrel break...
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:38 PM

well, little is relative. My Phantom is .688, and my Paladin has to be .685, I didn't have a single rollout with teeny paint.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:39 PM

Yea those are good medium numbers. Unless you start shooting small paint in winter you should be fine. Even then electrical tape will suffice for detents.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:51 AM

This isn't an issue of roll-outs. It applies to open-bolt markers as well. Matched paint shoots more consistently, period.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:12 PM

Not necessarily. The common trend now is to overbore so every paintball will stay generally on the bottom surface of the barrel no matter what size. Paint-barrel matching is all just opinion.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:26 PM

I would say as long as you are playing with a decent quality paint you aren't going to be having enough change in the size to drastically decrease accuracy, even if say you are able to hit the inside of a paper plate from 30yards everytime with your perfectly matched paintballs, you should still be able to hit a paper plate if you have a slightly off paintball. And like others have said there are other factors, tempatures, if your air fluxuates at all, it's going to mess it up, and although people like to think it, a round object isn't going to shoot the same way out of a barrel everytime, no matter how similar each ball is. It may help somewhat with accuracy but not enough to really effect your shot, your biggest problem is going to be when you use a paint that ends up breaking in your barrel, that's what's going to mess you up.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 12:05 PM

My best days have been the ones that I spent time the night before sorting.
1. It forces you to pick out lumpy eggs & dimpled balls
2. Simply sorting +/- a set size keeps chrono speeds well within line
3. With 10 shot markers I personally have seen results, believe it or not, pass it off as perception, argue that there are too many factors... IMO it is time well spent.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 06:48 PM

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Not necessarily. The common trend now is to overbore so every paintball will stay generally on the bottom surface of the barrel no matter what size. Paint-barrel matching is all just opinion.


Yeah, I underbore. I think the idea behind underboring is that all the balls will face pretty much the same amount of friction. If you match the bore, you'll have some that face almost no friction, and some that face a lot of friction. Its actually less consistent then under/overboring.
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 07:47 PM

Yea, see same idea. I got the overbore idea from speedball and the increased rate of fire adding more stress on the balls. No ones wants a barrel break trying to squeeze a ball down their barrel.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:31 AM

I play mostly speedball and still underbore all the time :(

I got a few barrel breaks (like 2 or 3) last time I played (sunday), but that was probably because I was using fairly cheap paint, and kind of old paint. Somehow underboring doesn't break the balls more, actual testing has been done (cockerpunk).
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