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Where'sMeShoota Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
X-Ball Gold - 10
Evil / Marballizer - 10
Elixir - 5 (used to be an 8)
Stryker - 4
Premiums - 7
Impact - 5
Marker Setup: Automag
Recommended
Barrels:
.688
Strengths: $40
Thick, bright, hard to wipe fill
Accuracy
Range
Weaknesses: Soft shell
Flat spots
Review: This paint used to suck bad. I gave it a 2 out of 10 a couple years ago. It originally had a dull and watery yellow fill, and it was the most inaccurate paint I had ever shot. It was hard for me believe the clerk at the paintball store who kept telling me that Bonus Balls had recently made a huge improvement in its formula for a thicker fill and higher accuracy. I eventually bought a bag of 500 from him just to try it out.

At first glance, my skepticism was already starting to be justified. The balls had these little flat spots from where they'd been sitting against each other. Also, when gently squeezing one between my fingers, the shell felt somewhat soft and flexible... almost like Monster Balls, but not nearly as maleable. But unlike Monster Balls, Bonus Balls' shell would return to its original shape.

However, once on the field, this stuff powned the other players. It was accurate, traveled down-field like a dream, and had zero bounces. I couldn't believe it. It was so easy to nail people from a distance that I almost felt bad. The fill was exceptional and closely resembled Draxxus' formula; bright orange, homogeneous, very thick, very hard to wipe. In my experience, the fill dictates 90% of how a paintball will perform. This paint did not hook or slice in mid-flight (this indicates a nice, even, consistent fill inside the ball), and seemed to have great range (this generally indicates a heavier fill, meaning more momentum, meaning the paintball loses less velocity as it travels through the air, which translates into better effective range than a slightly lighter paintball of equal size/volume).
Conclusion: Too bad I only bought a bag of 500. All I had left that day was a box of Elixer, and going from Bonus Balls to that was almost like night and day. I thought that Bonus Balls' performance was about a 9, but it gets an 8, overall, for having a sub-par shell.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 at 11:46 am PST
 

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