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#1 Bubba Longshot

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:55 PM

Ok, so I have had an idea in my head for a cheap alternative for barreling materials. What if, you put tape on the inner diameter of the barrel. This would make the inner diameter smaller, thus getting a tighter fit on a dart. Would this actually work?
Or, rolling paper and epoxying it inside a stock barrel. The paper would also, in theory make a tighter fit on a dart correct?
I'm basically wondering if this would work.
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#2 Meaker VI

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:07 PM

Tape would be too difficult to apply the way you suggest.

Paper might work, but you'd maybe be better off just making a paper barrel. Since doing so costs basically nothing I recommend you try it and get back to us with results.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:42 PM

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Ok, so I quickly made one.
I do not own a chronograph, but I have noticed a slight increase in range. The fit on the paper and the dart is looser than cpvc, and tighter then 9/16 brass; it is a twist fit. Now I'm curious if this would work in a magazine fed blaster...
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Tests used two elite darts, and my modified Snapfire. Usually it gets ~50 flat, with the paper barrel it's ~55
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Someone call me crazy, but it actually works in a mag fed system!! You just have to cut a small piece of the paper barrel off for it to feed properly.


Edited by Bubba Longshot, 16 May 2017 - 09:25 PM.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:42 PM

that  is super cool this is good discovery I gotta try myself 


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#5 Lasagna

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:48 PM

I use paper routinely for elastic band powered launchers (writeup coming soon), they are direct power so they need a loose fit. I also sometimes make blowguns for wars with my friends out of paper. On the topic of the tape barrel thing, I believe Carbon or someone did a ballgun barrel, and he used tape to make the ball tighter in the barrel for better range.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:25 AM

And I just bought a foot of 9/16 and 17/32 brass... Also try making a super long barrel to make something for 50' normal hit like 100'.


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#7 Meaker VI

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:00 AM

Also try making a super long barrel to make something for 50' normal hit like 100'.


That's only likely to work if you have a tremendous amount of extra space in the PT that isn't being used. It'd maybe work in a LS or something, and would have -at best- the same effect as a brass or other breech of the same length.

Your brass will also be more durable in this application at the thicknesses required, unless you carefully rolled and glued a sleeper-style breech that was either tight fitting in the stock breech or had only a layer or two in there with no exposed edges.

Good work testing this Bubba
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:56 AM

This is amazing and yet for some reason hilarious to me. An easy extra five feet is always nice. Great discovery! I'm just curious how long any given paper barrel would last before needing replacement. Can someone test that out?


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