Question about Tippmann 98 Custom Act Paintball Gun
You are correct. Cold (and heat) play a part in expanding the parts of your marker. In cold weather, plus the coldness of the co2 working through it, the various parts can and will expand and contract at different rates. It only takes a fraction of inch to leak.
First thing is to make sure you have thoroughly cleaned and LUBED your marker. Lubrication... what kind of oil are you using? Some general purpose oils may work well enough in better weather, but in cold weather, and especially when using co2, you would be well advised to find and use an oil specific to paintball markers. These are manufactured with COLD in mind and will continue to work where others will gel up.
So yes, you are correct in your assessment. Keep your marker covered up when you're at the staging area... uncover it to chrono or test fire it at the range.. or when you get ready to roll out to the field. Use a good, paintball-specific lube (and keep it clean and lubed).
Also... an o-ring isn't just an o-ring. They have different densities and much like the proper lube, you need o-rings that are specific to the task at hand. Cold is a killer and it loves to mess with rubber and plastic. An o-ring that's become hard and brittle can't do a good job, so don't get o-rings from just any old place because they're cheap and look like they'll fit. Use good parts, good lube, and you should get some better performance out there.
Good luck... play hard, play safe, play with honor!
Posted on Jan 04, 2011
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