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ballsinyourface Thursday, November 4th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Nothing else compares.
Marker Setup: FreeFlow Team Trauma Millenium
Crossfire 68/45k
Everything FreeFlow except the E-blade and Palmer Microrock LPR
Strengths: - Extremely smooth
- Insanely fast
- Relatively quiet
Weaknesses: Only comes in aluminum.
Review: Awesome ram ... incredibly smooth and fast, especially with the addition of QEV's ....
There are rams that cost alot more and guarantee will NOT top the performance of this piece of equipment. Teammate has a Belsales .44 Mag and another has a Eclipse Nexus, neither of them are as smooth as this one.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a top of the line ram, this is the product for you.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Uziel Gal Friday, November 5th, 2004 | 12:05 am PST
If you are comparing the feel of a ram mounted on a marker, you are also comparing the fit and finish of the bolt and body, not just the ram. As Free Flow are considered to have some of the best honed bodies available, this would have made the ram feel smoother. It is really the overall performance of the marker that is smoother, not the ram alone.

If you ever want to compare two rams against each other, first things first, you need to remove them from the marker they are attached to. Extend the shaft of each ram, and holding one shaft in each hand with the rams horizontal, put the ram cylinders end to end and press the ram shafts together gently. The smoother of the two rams will close before the other ram shaft starts to move. With very evenly matched rams, both shafts may move, but the smoothest of the two will still fully close before the other one. This test only works properly if the rams are held horizontally, and held only by the ends of the ram shafts, otherwise unsupported - if the rams are placed on a surface while carrying out the test, friction between the cylinder and the surface may alter the results.

If you carry out this test between the Belsales 44 Mag/Eclipse Nexus (same ram, just slightly different milling) and the SMC rams (FreeFlow, G-Force, Moody and Belsales 38 Special), you will find that the 44 Mag IS actually smoother than the SMC, which should translate to lower cocking pressures at any given cycle rate, or faster cycle rates at the same cocking pressure.

I have a Belsales 44 Mag ram, as well as both a Free Flow SMC and a Belsales 38 Special SMC ram, and have found the 44 to be smoother using the above test. However, the SMC rams are brilliant rams none the less, and the difference in performance is small. The 44 Mag and the SMC rams are definitely the two best freely available rams at this time.
   

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