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#1 User is offline   zincage 

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:39 PM

ok first of all i have a question regarding .43 cal paint.

1. if all parties agree to playing some backyard woodsball with mixed calibers, Will i be at an advantage/disadvantage by using .43 cal against .68?

and 2. is there any problems/drawbacks to using .43 i should be aware of?

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:48 PM

Just to let you know I have never shot a .43 cal gun but because the .43 cal is much lighter it will be affected by air a lot more than the the heavier .68 cal. If you don't believe me try throwing a ping pong ball as hard as you can and see how far it goes. Then throw a baseball and the baseball will go way farther because the air does not affect heavier objects as much as light objects. So the .68 cal would be much better for range.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:50 PM

In the really old days, paintball of mixed calibers was common. .68 became standard afterwards.


View Postzincage, on Oct 20 2008, 10:39 PM, said:

1. if all parties agree to playing some backyard woodsball with mixed calibers, Will i be at an advantage/disadvantage by using .43 cal against .68?


I don't see any advantage. You might get more bounces on target, because you'll have a far lighter projectile going the same velocity as the bigger one (and energy = .5*mass*velocity*velocity).

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2. is there any problems/drawbacks to using .43 i should be aware of?


Paint availability is the main drawback. Secondly, many official fields don't accept .43 markers, so you won't get to take it to some events.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:54 PM

The only drawback I know of is trying to find .43 cal paint. Do you have a .43 gun?
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:56 PM

oh no, i think somone has a crap 4 gun
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:56 PM

Thanks for the tips and advice, i was mainly going to use a .43 for backyard events. as i dont usually play at the local field, its pretty drugged up.. and i got out of that lifestyle. anyway.

I understand about the air resistance/mass and everything. But would the effects be that profound out to about 50-100 ft?

EDIT: glad were not paying you to think clone..

thanks for the help guys. its for a project im considering, which will of course use .43 caliber paint.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 09:04 PM

View Postzincage, on Oct 20 2008, 10:56 PM, said:

I understand about the air resistance/mass and everything. But would the effects be that profound out to about 50-100 ft?


Personally, I doubt it. Maybe if it's a really windy day.

I think you'll notice a difference in the longball range, but it should be minimal at 50 feet.

Sort of off topic -- I don't recommend Rap4 products or the .43 paintball product line. I'm merely providing answers of physics to the best of my knowledge. Really, the only item Rap4 gets right are their vests/packs.

EDIT: You mentioned a project. What is it?

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 09:10 PM

similiar to a XM214 Six-Pak, for scenario games.

Hard to explain my ways for completing it, but it will act like a launcher and launch tubes of .43 cal rounds out of the barrels.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 09:38 PM

also, be aware that many masks on the market today have openings in the face protection area greater than .43 inches, so it becomes a risk of injury...

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 10:09 PM

The paintball would drop a lot sooner then with a .68 cal. And btw the rap4 guns effective range is 100 feet most .68 cals are 150 feet.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 11:11 PM

Why does everyone keep bringing up rap4? to the top guys. I never state anything about rap4, that was an assumption from a guy who was assuming. and assumed wrong at that.

Keep in on track with the advice atleast.

And I know about the mask situation. the gun wont be used for personel attacks. its like a scenario bunker buster.
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 06:59 AM

If using indirect fire, I wouldn't worry too much about the difference, beyond it being slightly tougher to find .43 paintballs. I say slightly because, well, it's really not that hard to use a search engine. So, got for it and have fun, and tell us about it later.

And, about Rap4... (just kidding!).
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:48 AM

Just to kinda backup what's been written by Thalion - the distance thing is an issue, not just because they can't fly as far but because you'll need more force for them to break. It would seem though that they would serve their purpose for your intended application. As for the masks: I'm unaware of any masks that have openings that large - which ones?
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:52 AM

I think my kid's spring loaded pb marker is .43 Toy R us sells them here.



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Posted 21 October 2008 - 08:07 AM

Are you talking about those Predator PR1000 markers? Those are .50.

The reason everyone is bringing up RAP4 is because they are the only company that makes .43 markers. Real paintball companies use .68 (with some minor variations). RAP4, as I understand, started with L.E. training and branched into paintball. We won't discuss the number of horror stories heard about the marker quality.....

.43 is fine IF you can find it readily available, and have a marker that can actually use it, especially for close quarters as it won't have the same amount of sting. The reliability at longer distances has been covered already.
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