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mrspradlin
10-27-2015, 11:52 AM
I am in the market to buy a used railgun.
So what I am looking for is what to look for that would make a rail not worth buying and also what to look for to make it worth buying.
I know this is a very wide question but dont know any specifics to ask.

Thanks
Matt

mwezell
10-27-2015, 12:23 PM
I am in the market to buy a used railgun.
So what I am looking for is what to look for that would make a rail not worth buying and also what to look for to make it worth buying.
I know this is a very wide question but dont know any specifics to ask.

Thanks
Matt

Results are all that matter.

mrspradlin
10-27-2015, 09:07 PM
Results are all that matter.

I understand that. But also results dont last forever either.
So what about this. Which is more prefered a barrel block system or a glue in bedding like Mr. Hall used in the past?

mwezell
10-27-2015, 10:09 PM
I understand that. But also results dont last forever either.
So what about this. Which is more prefered a barrel block system or a glue in bedding like Mr. Hall used in the past?

I'm sorry Matt. I should have been more clear. What I mean is, just like buying any used br rifle, you have the luxury to see how it has shot in competition before buying it. This assumes it was shot in registered matches where the results can be found. That's why I said what I did. I feel that knowing the gun has been a competitive one outweighs all other factors.

mrspradlin
10-27-2015, 11:00 PM
I'm sorry Matt. I should have been more clear. What I mean is, just like buying any used br rifle, you have the luxury to see how it has shot in competition before buying it. This assumes it was shot in registered matches where the results can be found. That's why I said what I did. I feel that knowing the gun has been a competitive one outweighs all other factors.


Now I got ya.

Wilbur
10-28-2015, 12:58 AM
The answer to your question can either be difficult or simple. Depends on your understanding of what a railgun does. Most all types of rails have been successful from time to time indicating that return to battery and a good barrel is all you need. That said, the simpler the better is what I think.

How difficult is it to change the barrel?

How much does it cost to change the barrel?

How quickly can you shoot a sighter?

How quickly can you shoot a record shot based on the sighter?

How quickly can you shoot 10 shots?

Can you move it from bench to bench without help?

mrspradlin
10-28-2015, 01:13 AM
Wilbur
That helps me out a bunch
Thank you!

llboers
10-28-2015, 02:47 PM
Matt,

What Wilbur said. You need a good platform to start with. After that the real work begins with learning how to tune and read flags. If you find one and need to talk about it before you buy give me a call. I'll be more than happy to lead you deeper into this game :D. You should have my email from the match reports. If not Mark Walker can give you my phone no.

Larry

mrspradlin
10-28-2015, 02:56 PM
Thanks Larry

Wilbur
10-28-2015, 09:08 PM
I'll add this and some will disagree...but I'll add it anyway.

The railgun is all about speed...nothing else. If you think about it, you'll come up with the same thing. If you don't come up with the same thing you simply haven't thought about it long enough. :)

Thing is, you can learn to shoot most any railgun fast, but the fastest is just better. The way it looks...and other finery....is somewhat OK but it seems that a railgun that wins would be the better. I'd really like for a railgun builder to post something on this line of thinking...somebody that builds railguns on a regular basis. I may be all wet on this.

llboers
10-28-2015, 10:41 PM
Wilbur, I can't disagree with you. If you can get started and end in the same conditions you can come out a hero. If you can't put the brakes on when the flags turn you will be a zero. I heard this from an other shooter once. "I never shot such a big group so fast in my life".

Larry

mrspradlin
10-29-2015, 04:11 PM
How much of a pain in the butt is it to set a rail gun up on your bench?
The reason I as is say one has to share a bench and the two rails do not interchange.

Dusty Stevens
10-29-2015, 08:28 PM
Its no different than setting up any gun its just heavier

varminthunter1
10-29-2015, 08:32 PM
+1 for what Larry says. I`ve seen both he and Gary Ocock shoot slowly and methodically and clean house on the guys runnin` and gunnin`.
What you really should be doing is paying attention to the flags.

To answer your latest:
yes, you need to be compatible with other bases if you plan on sharing, But its not the end of the world if you don`t.
Its part of the game to rotate benches, and move your equipment around.

Jeff

Dusty Stevens
10-30-2015, 11:56 AM
If you want a railgun next time you go shoot carry about 4 concrete blocks. Put em on the bench while you shoot then carry them to other benches and pack them in your ride. Then imagine each block being about 2x heavier and if you like that you may be a railgun man. Theyre an expensive, heavy, awkward, expensive hobby that you dont get to shoot very often even if youre a full time benchrester. I wouldnt recommend a rail gun until you have 2 winning light guns and you can win with them.

Wilbur
10-30-2015, 07:51 PM
I was trying to write something in rebuttal to Dusty's last post but couldn't find anything that was real now that 5 shot unlimited is being scheduled. If you don't have a railgun (a good one), just skip that segment of the nationals and you'll be OK....and several thousand bucks ahead.

I'm gonna go look for my railgun bolt right now. I might just think I have a railgun as it's only pile of aluminum without the bolt. Probably put the bolt "somewhere safe" !!

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Found it! It wasn't somewhere safe at all!!

Dusty Stevens
10-30-2015, 09:41 PM
If you dont shoot nationals you may not even get to shoot it anymore unless its a 5shot weekend match.

llboers
11-01-2015, 11:33 AM
This guy came down to the recent unlimited match at Visalia and shot some video. I happened across it and here's a link to it. https://youtu.be/b4idDEwnLFQ.

Larry

mrspradlin
11-01-2015, 11:52 AM
This guy came down to the recent unlimited match at Visalia and shot some video. I happened across it and here's a link to it. https://youtu.be/b4idDEwnLFQ.

Larry

Thanks Larry!!!
I got the bug to get one after helping the 1st day of the Sniper King.
Matt

Tom Libby
01-04-2016, 11:27 PM
Tom Libby SW Director,

That is one of the things that living in the West (the other end of the earth for most shooters):cool: My region of Arizona, Visalia CA, Sacramento CA, Utah have 19 shooting days of the rail gun all are a 5 shot (love small groups) we get to shoot most all the year just a few months are to hot.

I do not know about Washington but you have the Sniper King that you could wear out a barrel.

One thing about a rail is it can really help you learn to read the flags and watch the conditions as you do not have to worry about gun handling and going back to the point of aim.

Talk to Larry he can help you.

Good Luck
Tom

Mike Bryant
08-08-2016, 07:24 PM
If you do shoot either nationals with a rail gun, a good cart to put it on when you rotate benches is a must. A cart that is tall enough to be able to move the rail top and the rail base to the cart without having to bend over is a plus. Mickey Coleman made the one that I use. Everything breaks down to store fairly flat. Plywood top with angle iron welded into triangle shape with a half inch steel axle. Pretty large diameter spoked wheels with solid rubber tires so that you don't have a flat. Large enough to roll over rocks and large gravel on ranges. He used small diameter pipe for the handles and square tubing for legs to hold the cart up on one side. Don't have a photo and its in pieces in the basement of my RV where it stays from one nationals to the next. You don't want a cart that's low to the ground. They are killers on your back when you rotate benches.