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Old 05-01-2010, 12:12 AM #1
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"dwell setting"

What is a good dwell setting??
Mine is set at 12 ms according to the manual for my g3-iq

does this make your shot more efficient??
I got no knowledge of gun settings
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:23 AM #2
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If you don't know much about guns don't mess with dwell, your g3 is fine from the factory. Messing with dwell affects your velocity and can cause your gun to not fully cycle if you lower it.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:57 AM #3
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"dwell" is the amount of time, in milliseconds that the solenoid stays active to move the bolt forward to fire a paintball. overall it affects the guns reliability and effenciency. if you dont know much about it then you should leave it at stock as that is usually the best setting anyway.

if you want to learn more, check out lots of tech articles and descriptions there.
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^what this guy says.

Too long will have your bolt forward unnecessarily long, lowering efficiency. Having it too short won't allow your bolt to fully cycle.

Most stock settings are fine, however it is quite easy to tinker with the dwell. Start at 1, and work your way up, taking a shot after raising the dwell one click. Go to the point where the bolt starts to fully cycle.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:51 PM #5
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Altering dwell won't significantly affect overall efficiency, but it can affect how smooth the shot feels. If you're fine with the way your gun shoots, leave it alone. If you want to mess with it, know that you can always put it back to stock settings.

Generally speaking, a lower dwell allows for a smoother shot and the ability to shoot more brittle paint, but can cause decreased fps consistency.

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Old 05-01-2010, 04:34 PM #6
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really the only reasons you will ever have to change your dwell are:

after about 10 cases a new gun becomes broken in and you could lower it a little and get a little better effeciency.

you buy an aftermarket part that allows you to lower the dwell significantly, like if you put a qev on an ion you can drop the dwell from 20ms to about 13ms.

or if the weather is getting really cold, its usually a good idea to up the dwell a tad to help compensate for the bolt stick that happens in winter.
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