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Old 10-06-2012, 10:49 AM #1
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Infamous Bolt Vs. Lurker My Results

So I have seen a ton of questions regarding which bolt to purchase. Most of the time I find an answer saying "You can't go wrong with either bolt," or some other vague answer. I decided, since I enjoy research and getting solid answers, to purchase both bolts and record what I find.

As for objective measures I am going to test efficiency. It will take a longer period of time for me to test efficiency for the XSV bolt simply because there are three springs. I plan on playing with each bolt for a few weekends. Also, I would like to test which bolt shoots brittle paint the best. I plan on doing this by simply shooting brittle paint with each bolt and counting the number of breaks I encounter.

As for subjective measures, I will test which bolt has a smoother feel to it. Obviously, this will be opinion based and not a very robust test, but nonetheless people seem interested in it, so I will give my results.

In order to create reliable results I am going to have to test these bolts over a number of weekends in order to create a greater sample size. I plan on reporting results each week for each bolt. The summation of these reports will allow for the greater sample size, while at the same time giving everyone a chance to check in with the results on a weekly basis.

Additionally, in an attempt to remove as many variables as possible I am going to use the same tank, same loader, same paint, same gun, and same barrel for each bolt. Also, I will use the recommended settings supplied by the manufacturer for each bolt.


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Now that I think about it, I will keep track of the weather as well. I will use to report humidity and temperature. Luckily, I have the pleasure of playing in Southern California so the weather is pretty consistent.

So stay tuned and let's see what happens.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:53 AM #2
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For best info I think I would use a barrel that you could under bore with. .692 will give pretty horrible results with both bolts I would think.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:25 PM #3
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Originally Posted by TheBoss33
For best info I think I would use a barrel that you could under bore with. .692 will give pretty horrible results with both bolts I would think.
Yah agreeing with boss, evil and 4 star will roll straight through a 692 bored barrel. My team uses evil and I use a 680 - 685 bore, so ya you'll see horrible consistency with that barrel
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:26 PM #4
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Actually, as long as it's a consistent overbore his chrono numbers should also be consistent. His efficiency will be pretty bad though. And from a research standpoint, as long as the testing parameters are held constant, the results can be compared on an equivalent level.

Just out of curiosity, will you be giving each bolt and spring a specified break in period so the numbers can settle in more consistently?
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:01 PM #5
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:14 PM #6
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I am interested to see the results a I just got a infamous bolt but am considering putting the 2 together to make a blurker or whatever
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