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burns130 Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested
3 years
Products Used:
stock bolt
Marker Setup: goes
2 X A-5's (set up the same way except for barrels)
R/T (1/8 inch tubing)
Cippard MEV-2 (QEV)
JCS Jet Click
X-7 paddles
X-7 hopper
Palmers Stabilizer
Cabela's brand 30mm red dot scope
Allen brand aluminum front grip covered with black diamondback grip (fits perfect, feels awesome, looks downright mean)
remote with quick disconnect
Crossfire 70/4500 HPA with black empire stubby cover
Flatline with thumb screw kit (gun #1)
J&J Edge Elite Kit with 10/12/14 fronts (gun #2)

2 X ions (set up same way except for color/different bolt out back bodies/one polished red and one polished blue)
NDZ skeleton bolt
Clippard MEV-2 (QEV)
clamping feedneck
NDZ small rail
Empire Reloader B
CP on/off ASA
stock reg (for now)
stock board (for now)
Shocktech SSC bolt out back body (red)
Strange Ion bolt out back body (blue)
Crossfire 70/4500 HPA with black empire stubby cover
J&J Edge Elite kit (10/12/14 fronts)

Autococker trilogy sport

Chrony A1 chronograph

Strengths: Light
Low operating pressure
no kick
Weaknesses: I have found none

UPDATE 3/27/08
One bolt broke (see review).
Review: I purchased two skeleton bolts. I have only tested them on my markers so cannot speak to durability.

Operating pressure: 135 PSI for 277 FPS
Dwell: 20
Recharge: 28
When I first put the marker together, I lubed up the bolt o'rings well to avoid the problems some reviewers have had with the bolt. I set the operating pressure at 145 PSI (due to the lighter bolt and QEV). My first string of 10 averaged 302 FPS. After experimenting, I settled on 135 PSI for 277 FPS. The marker has almost no kick with this bolt. My son walked up and ripped through 30 balls in semi-auto in under 3 seconds (video game dexterity). With the lack of kick and low pressure, his grouping was 8 inches at 60.' Great bolt so far.

UPDATE 3/27/08
One of the two skeleon bolts broke. Lubrication is NOT the issue as some have stated as I always use a generous amount of shocker lube on the rings. The support folks at NDZ (Tony and Dave) are great and sent me out a new bolt. However, the new bolt's rings leaked down the barrel. The stock bolt and my other NDZ bolt both worked with no leaks so trouble-shooting was pretty was the new bolts rings. Because I have had only 50% success on the two bolts I purchased (one has had no issues and works like a champ), I am dropping my rating in a five. When the bolts work, they are light and allow the operating pressure to drop significantly. However, they do break rather easily and the rings may leak.
Conclusion: Great bolt so far. Very Light, almost no kick.

UPDATE 3/27/08
Unless you are very patient and have the money for back up parts (the bolt breaks half the my experience), invest in a bolt which is a bit more rugged.
5 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, March 27th, 2008 at 7:33 am PST

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