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Empire Trracer barrel breaks

26 March 2011 - 01:48 AM

Hey everyone, I picked up a Trracer a few months ago and have had a blast with it so far, minus its habit of frequently breaking balls in the barrel.

I don't think it's a case of clipping a ball in the pump stroke, as the breech is clean at the end of a day of play (unless I really screw up, but then I'm well aware of it.) I run it off a Pure Energy HPA tank, a .679 insert on a DeadlyWinds barrel, and with the velocity around 260fps. No internal modifications, and my hoppers are clean. I've used Graffiti, Redemption, and something someone gave me the other day at the field, I can't remember what it was (Formula 13, maybe?) The Graffiti has been freshly purchased from the shop each time (no idea how they've stored it though...) but the Redemption I've had for a bit now. All of these will break at least once or twice per game, and it just gets worse after the first break. I can squeegee the barrel, but within 50 shots, there's a good chance of another ball breaking. I've also tried running CO2 and the stock barrel to no avail.

Could it be the temperature I've been playing in? It's been between -10 and +10C in the time I've used it. My Quest shoots paint with way fewer breaks than this (again using Graffiti and Redemption) as expected. I'd switch to a harder shelled paint, but I like my shots to break on target, and something just doesn't sound right about a closed bolt marker being this harsh on paint.

Could the paint I'm using be consistently that bad?

Am I not be underboring enough, as I still get the occasional rollout? This might be leading to partial rollouts, which simply explode inconveniently for some reason unknown to me.

Have any of you had issues like this, and if so, what was the cause, and how did you fix it? I'm just trying to figure out why my marker is doing this.

Thanks in advance!

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