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Old 06-11-2014, 10:14 PM #1
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DIY reball catcher

Hola, everyone. I was tired of shooting paint in my backyard, making my trees look terrible, and my dogs getting sick. I decided it was time to switch to reballs. My main concern with reballs was how much those things like to bounce around after they are fired, so the intention of my build was to have a system that entraps the reball as soon as it is fired.

Materials used:
1/ 4" PVC 45degree wye connection
1 /4" PVC 45 degree elbow connection
1/ 3"-4" PVC flange connection
2/ 24"(2')x4" PVC pipe
1/ 5"x4" PVC pipe~
1/ 1gal. paint can
1/ 4"x4" lexan sheet
1/ 8"x6" vinyl shower pan lining~ (eyeballed this part)


Here is a reference shot of the entire set-up.


collection bucket and drop sheet.


Slit for drop sheet. Used a hack saw to make a slit for the drop sheet. Lined up using the 45 degree connection.


Just trimmed to fit and cut ribbons into it.


Lexan insert w/ chrono fit in. Used a dremel to cut out and fit into wye connection.


Down the rabbit hole.


nekkid w/o collection bucket.

It works! The only thing I can gripe about is the fact the angle is very steep and starves the loader when you shoot rapidly. This can be corrected by shooting against the tube wall and decrease the angle. Overall it turned out very well. All of the supplies can be found at Home Depot (sans chronograph of course), and one can be built for probably around $40-$50 (Most of that was in PVC)
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:50 PM #2
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Pretty smart design!!
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:31 AM #3
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Nice! Seems like it would be pretty easy to use a T fitting to bring that horizontal, put your flapper 6-8" past the T, then shoot 2 45's down to your collector.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:33 AM #4
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Jeeze, those are some big images. In the future, if you resize images to 800 wide, it makes it easier for people to see them. EDIT: I went through and made all of the images the correct size so the site wouldn't have to load the huge ones and then resize them down.

Good idea. I wonder if the angled down design messes with the chronograph at all. I prefer to keep my gun level if at all possible.

Cool DIY work. I put it on the homepage.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:56 AM #5
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Very nice! If I can get a hold of a handheld chrono for relatively cheap I might have to do just this so I can stop wasting cash on paint working on my guns.
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:44 PM #6
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Like it. I need to do something similar so thanks for the ideas!
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:01 PM #7
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This would work for regular paintballs too, then trees and dogs would be okay.
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:04 PM #8
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In theory, since you have a collection bucket, this would work with regular paint.great idea nonetheless!
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:21 PM #9
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A 5gallon bucket stuffed with a plastic dropcloth works too! I can catch real paintballs and reuse them (in most cases lol). Plus, you can stand back, and work on accuracy with realtime consequences!

But yours looks MUCH more legitimate haha! Great job!
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Nice thanks for sharing.
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Wow, front page material! Life has been busy and I haven't been checking this thread. My bad about the image size. They seemed to scale down nicely in the preview. I'll be sure to watch that next time.

To answer some of your questions/comments-

I definitely wanted to go horizontal with it. It really came down to me being lazy with how to mount the chrono, and the material I was using (the PVC section at home depot). The angle is step enough to keep the chrono and lexan in place and everything else just fit nicely together. I seem to be getting consistent chrono readings over it, but I haven't thought of a way to verify that yet.

You could definitely use this for regular paint as well, but once again I am lazy and the idea of cleaning out slop buckets of paint doesn't seem appealing.

The only thing I've added to this guy is a small towel at the bottom of the collection bucket to reduce the ping and to be more gentle on the reballs themselves.

The point of this set-up was to NOT practice my marksmanship, lol. The thing I wanted to avoid was reballs bouncing all over my basement. As you can tell from the photos my basement is a bit of a mess.

Please keep up the comments, If any of you guys can think of any ways of making it better, I want to hear them. This was a pretty quick and dirty solution to a problem and can definitely be refined.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:31 AM #12
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What about venting? My first thought was the air entering the chamber from the marker could possibly have an effect on the velocity of the round leaving the barrel. You know, like porting on a barrel dampening the noise, and helping vent the gas behind the round. I guess what im getting at is; could the positive pressure from the marker effect the velocity reading from the croni? I would think it could have an effect when tuning at least. Try a test where you elevate the catch chamber enough to vent the exiting air before the round drops into the bucket! Great... Now I want one too lol!

Is it loud btw?
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:00 PM #13
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Wow, front page material! Life has been busy and I haven't been checking this thread. My bad about the image size. They seemed to scale down nicely in the preview. I'll be sure to watch that next time.
PbNation will auto resize images. But people's computers still have to load the big images first. Since you were getting the homepage upgrade, I wanted to make sure the pictures could load fast too.

We love Do It Yourself posts. There's not enough of that in paintball anymore.
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:22 PM #15
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What about venting?
The PVC dampens the sound pretty well. I would say if anything it is louder in the direction of the shooter considering all of the sound will bounce back out towards the user. I'm not too worried about any back pressure or any weird pressure fluctuation happening. The 4" PVC is considerably large and everything vents to open air.

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Great... Now I want one too lol!
Do it. I wanna see it when your done. Its super easy to build, and not very expensive. Just be careful choppin' up PVC. Wear a mask and count your fingers when your done. lol
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:25 AM #16
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Reball catcher is a good idea!
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:59 PM #17
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:33 PM #18
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pretty cool, I was thinking about making a bigger one so I can shoot from a distance. Using a material to stop the balls, then they will drop into a can or something. Great idea though.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:39 PM #19
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Im glad you posted this... i was literally just talking to my buddy trying to figure out how to shoot paintballs inside. I tried a few days ago using a trash can with hella paper towels but ended up shooting through the trash can and getting paint EVERYWHERE. Any advise on the best reball brand to shoot w my DM14?
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hmm if you use a pinokio speed the hopper would never starve XD
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