Nelson Hot Spot, Diablo Heat, Diablo Blase: all have similar accuracy in our Tippmann, but they are all much more durable.
Tippmann 98 Custom, Using both Flatline and Stone Cold Barrels. CO2, custom spring kit, Stainless screw kit (removed the soft Lapco screw kit), BSA Red Dot sight, Dead on Drop, psycho ballistics star bolt, Dye Sticky Grip
When they did not break the accuracy in both the Stone Cold II barrell and the Flatline barrels was very good. Not as well as PMI All Stars shot in our barrels, but acceptable at the price.
We bought five cases for $150 which is a very good deal. The type of paintball you get with this deal is luck of the draw. First time we got Diablo Heat. Second time Diablo Blaze. Third time this paint Draxxus RecSport.
The size of the ball looked like it would work well in the Flatline barrel and during sighting in it did. Reasonably accurate and shooting the expected flat trajectory out of the Flatline. Consistency of accuracy and velocity was good in both the Flatline and the Stone Cold barrels.
After chrono check at the Santa Clara Paintball, we quickly dropped into a speedball game. My Flatline seemed to have a little trouble breaking a ball about every 50 shots. My son's Tippmann with the Stone Cold II barrel and Halo B hopper was having troubles from the start. one out of every two balls was breaking. His marker is set up with the Psycho Ballistics Starfire bolt. The hopper may have been feed in with more pressure than the paint can handle (but it is intended to be a high speed feeder) The StarFire bolt may have added to the problem. some paint does not pefrom well with this bolt. My bolt is the the Superfly which does seem to be more gentle on all paint.
Nothing we did to his marker improved the ball breaking problem so we swapped paint with a friend firing an Angle. He said they worked well in his marker. Same luck with another friend who found them to work well in his A-5. Swapped for Patriot and some unknown paint. Both worked without breaking in either of our barrels.
This paint was breaking along the seam when dropped from 18 inches onto a wooden picnic table. The Patriot paint wouldn't break even when dropped from 6 ft above the ground. But it broke well on target.
In stock 98Cs this paint may work well. It didn't work well for us. Seven out of ten balls dropped from 18 inches would break. Just too fragile...at least this batch was. Brown ball/pale blue fill. From what I read from others users our experience was the exception, but that in itself indicates a lack of consistency.
4 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, April 18th, 2005 at 6:13 pm PST
Your review was a little too harsh. As you can see, your sons marker was the ONLY marker that didnt fire these well. That means that it was the markers fault more likely than the paintballs fault. I think at least a 6 would be appropriate.