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    What to look for when buying a used railgun

    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.

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    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspradlin View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwezell View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspradlin View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwezell View Post
    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.

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    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?

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    Wilbur
    That helps me out a bunch
    Thank you!

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    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 . You should have my email from the match reports. If not Mark Walker can give you my phone no.

    Larry

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    Thanks Larry

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    Its no different than setting up any gun its just heavier

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    +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

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    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.

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