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HPA and A*5 read and please help me decide

#1 User is offline   McCoy 

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 02:32 PM

I tried reading some of the pinned topics on this kind of stuff but all it did was confuse me and make me not want to deal with it...

The question is:
What would be best for me to run with on my A-5?

now i have no idea what to get or what size or what brand to get....
(thats for you to help me out with also!)



I will try to help ya out with some info about myself, area, and setup of my A-5

I live in Ohio, so the weather is random...
I don't live near (within 45 min drive) a HPA fill sation THAT I KNOW OF!

I am play the role of a sabre.... so that means a lot of shooting at times.
And i play out in the woods also :D

My A-5 setup
-Special Ops Commando Air-thru stock
-Special Ops C-series barrle
-Red Hot Power Tube
-T-tech Cyclone up grade kit
-T-tech Lighting Rod
-A Remote line with slide check
-4 20 oz tanks
And a Special Ops Scouts Vest

Now i use Co2 and a remote....

I hope this helps ya,

and if you could tell me how many shots i would get compared to a 20 oz tank to the HPA you suggest.....
Thanks!


oh yea,,,, if you need anythin other info just leave it here and i will get back to you on that!

Thank you all for helping!
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 08:11 AM

All I can tell you is that Tippmann makes these guns to withstand Co2. If you can't fill an HPA tank it's probably not worth getting one. If you were to get one, 45ci 4500psi or 68ci 4500psi works nicely. Here's something I googled that might help a little. Shot Calculator Just click the bubble with average then fill out the necessary info and that will give you average number of shots. Remember, these are averages. Your gun's gas hoginess will determine how many shots you get.
-45/45 tank- 800-ish shots
-68/45 tank- 1150-ish shots
-88/45 tank- 1600-ish shots
As far as brand, I'm not really sure. Try any main brand tank. Pure energy, DXS, Crossfire, and whatever others.
One last problem is price. Most carbon fiber tanks are pretty expensive. Try going used, and finding one off this forum or ebay. Hope that helped a little. PM me with questions if needed.
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:27 AM

If you're 45 minutes away from anywhere that fills HPA you might consider going with a Palmers Stabilizer instead of HPA. It'll help you get better consistency with CO2. I'm not sure what the current price on them is but I remember them being right around $100. That's cheaper than you'll normally get a good/new 68/4500 hpa tank for.
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:08 PM

or if you are dead set on going HPA you can see if there is a scuba store near you. (its wierd but i live in nebraska and there is still one fairly close to me) you can then get a scuba tank, i recomend a 80 cf 3000psi in aluminum you dont need to spend the extra money on a steel tank. anyway these scuba tanks are the most common (usually meaning the cheapest) and they get you a respectable amout of fills. i get about 20 useable fills on my 68ci 4500psi tank. just keep in mind that even when completely full a scuba tank will only fill your tank to 3000psi and it will decrease as you use it. you will also need a fill station like this one http://www.actionvillage.com/is-bin/INTERS...iwAAAD42KvkrFs5 they usually run around $40. then for a compressed air tank you will probably be fine with a pure energy tank. they are probably the cheapest but i cant vouch for their qality, but if you want a great tank go with crossfire. just make sure that you get a HP or High Pressure tank.

that should do you.
oh and the scuba store will be able to fill your scuba tank for less than a tank fill at a store, usually around $5.
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:20 AM

what about scuba tanks, yes i kn ow u can only get 3000psi fills, but that might do,

Palmers Stabilizer sounds good if ur only going to running co2
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:39 AM

You really should search for paintball stores or fields. You might be able to find something close by. Being in a location where the weather does drop below 55 degrees, HPA would really be a good idea
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:11 PM

thank you guys so much so far....

Ty29- you help the most i think, everything made sense... which is hard for me to find.... lol

barrel squeegy- you help a lot also... the scuba tank made a lot of sense! A LOT! but i really don't think my dad would like the fact i spend money on that for paintball.......... he doesn't like paintball that mcuh!


Now i think i would go with HPA but it would be a investment for those Scenrio wars. what i mean by this is when i pay 10 bucks for all day air and i'll be playing in all kinds of weather this would be the tank i'll use.
is it worth it?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:16 PM

There is NO WAY you can justify buying an HPA tank if you don't have a nearby fill station. It wouldn't make much sense to drive 1 1/2 hours just to fill a tank.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:22 PM

dude.... did you read my last reply?
i think not!

its for those scenario wars where they offer it and it would be best bc i could play in freezing weather or 100 degree weather...

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:26 PM

Why would you bother asking if it's worth having an HPA tank if it performs better in the heat and cold? Obviously a versatile product would benefit you greatly if you play in extreme conditions.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:32 PM

View Posteuglow54, on Jun 11 2008, 03:26 PM, said:

Why would you bother asking if it's worth having an HPA tank if it performs better in the heat and cold? Obviously a versatile product would benefit you greatly if you play in extreme conditions.


ok.... every paintballer in this forum that may have or will deal with me in the future.
DO NOT USE BIG WORDS WITH ME!
"VERSATILE PRODUCT" WHAT IS THAT?


OK... just wanted to make that clear...

but thanks man
if you was in my shoes....(and i bet they wouldn't fit) would you go with a hpa tank just for the big wars?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:37 PM

Here's the deal. I have run HPA for all my games since winter of 06 (about six months after I started playing). I found that in RI/MA, the advantages of HPA far outweighed the initial investment (100 for a used 4500 66cubic inch carbon fiber tank). I haven't gone back to CO2 since. If I were you, I'd only run with HPA if you can find a close fill station. And if you can't figure out how many big scenario games you play per year and see if investing in an HPA makes sense.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:40 PM

okay...

now whats the difference between a 3000psi and a 45000psi?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:44 PM

The amount of pressure that can be put into the tank. 3000 psi will have fewer shots than 4500 psi. PSI stands for pounds per square inch.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:52 PM

ok...
so... which is better a 68cubic inch 3000psi or a 48cubic inch 4500psi?

wouldn't they get roughly the same amount of shots?
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