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Number of Reviews: 6
Average Rating: 8.0 / 10
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Suggested Retail Price: N/A

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These hoppers have a removable clear lid and are great for pump play with a 48 round capacity.
Product Availability 
The Winchester Pocket Hopper is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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rooster1 Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
VL-200 gravity loader (hold more balls and has a flip-top lid)
Marker Setup: '95 Automag, Tippmann Custom '98
Strengths: Small profile, leightweight
Weaknesses: Feed neck isn't a standard size for most elbows
Review: This is a small leightweight hopper that I used on my pump Mag.

I'm not fond of it for 2 reasons;

-The lid isn't a fliptop, it is a snap on. It is difficult to do one handed, unlike the VL-200, which has the flip -up lid.

-The feedneck is really small. It doesn't fit in a standard elbow. Every elbow I own, with the screw fully tightened, doesn't hold this tightly. I even tried it on my Tippmann '98 and the same thing happens. I resorted to using electrical tape to keep this in place the few times I used it.





Conclusion: Not that great, not really worth it.

I went back to using my VL-200 because it is more convienient that this
Rating:
6 out of 10
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af895 Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Brass Eagle Pocket Hopper (OK but tends to SELF-DESTRUCT when hit with a paintball)
"Ammo box" style hopper designed to be loaded with 10-round tubes (OK but loading is inconvenient without 10 round tubes)
Marker Setup: AGD Classic 68 Automag
Tac-One body
Palmer Pursuit Shop 12" dual-vented 0.685cal barrel
J&J brass barrel
Palmer Pursuit Shop male stabilizer
9oz. & 3.5oz. anti-siphon CO2 tanks.
Strengths: Tiny, durable, adaptable, light-weight, low-profile, inexpensive
Weaknesses: only comes with "Pringles lid" (easily fixed)
Review: Winchester is the KING of the 50-round class hoppers. You've got a few options in this area: the Winchester, the Brass Eagle Pocket Hopper and "ammo box" style hoppers which load using a 10-round tube.

I've used all three and now only use the Winchester.

I play most games with the Winchester as it holds enough paint to be used for light-duty suppression and it's small enough that you'll avoid hopper hits more often than you would with a more conventional hopper.

One thing you should do immediately is upgrade it with a flip-open lid. I use a Dye-locklid on mine but I've seen other styles of lid on the Winchester. It's easy to just pop a new, collared lid on and expoxy it in place. With the lock-lid, you may have to put a tiny screw and washer on the "post" for the pivot arm to prevent the arm from coming off. (if the lid were on the Dye lock-lid pod, the pod itself would keep the arm from coming off)

You won't likely play a tournament with this kind of hopper (though it's been done by the LA-Hitmen when they play pump) but it's a lot of fun and forces you to conserve ammo or at least be more aware of how much you're using.
Conclusion: Buy one and upgrade it with Dye-locklid.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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Jagang Friday, November 6th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Two different Brass Eagle hoppers.
50 round tac cap
Marker Setup: N/A
Strengths: Strongest gravity feed 50 round hopper on the market.... that I know of
Weaknesses: Sh*ty stock lid
Review: I don't know if anyone has already said this but here go's. What you do is take the stock hopper and throw out the stock lid. Then get yourself a Dye LockLid Pod. Take the lid off it and chuck the pod. Then you may need to cut away the excess flash (plastic) around the opening to the hopper. Then you just Super Glue the pod lid onto the hopper with the hinge straight up. There you go, now you have the best 50 round hopper you can get.

note: be careful not to super glue the pod lid button when assembling
Conclusion: If you find one buy one, if you find two buy two

gets a 10 with dye pod lid
without a 5... so I'll just give it a 10 to bring the average score up a little
Hope this helped
Rating:
10 out of 10
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slowerpig81 Saturday, October 18th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
none this small-but a regular 200 ball grav hopper, works the same
Marker Setup: Primary:
Tippmann 98 Custom Pro
Cyclone feed system
Pure Energy 48/3000 HPA Tank
-or-
SC or OC Black CCI Phantom
14" stock barrel
Rear Bucket changer/3.5oz
Stock class stick feed/Winchester 50rnd hopper
Daisy electronic point sight
-or-
Tippmann Pro/Carbine
Drop Forward (Tippmann)
A-5 stock barrel
Strengths: Cheap, looks ok, black
Weaknesses: Feedneck is small in diameter, lid is not flip up meaning its slow to reload.
Review: This hopper is probably the best in the category of 50 ball hoppers. It does its job, it is more convienient to place a pod flip up lid of some type (I used a Extreme rage pod lid, clear, so you can see in) to reload. The feedneck is small, but a few wraps of vinyl electrical tape fixes that easily.
Conclusion: If you want a 50 ball hopper, get this. It's not flashy, but it's small and light.

Buy it with a ER or Locklid pod and super glue that on for a nice lid.
Rating:
7 out of 10
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the Dregs Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
None really, except for larger loaders meant for semis. Those were made of sterner stuff than this, though
Marker Setup: Autococker Super Sport
45/4500 Crossfire
Palmer's 9" brass barrel with wedgits .690 bore
Evil Smokestack

AND

CCI Phantom
bottomline setup
11" CCI barrel
3.5 CO2 tank
Winchester 48 rd hopper
Strengths: Small
Cheap
Weaknesses: Looks cheaply made
Mold lines
No flip top
Review: I got this to use with my new Phantom pump. I am a bit disappointed in it. The plastic is very thin and cheap looking. The lid is not secured to the body of the piece, and will be very easy to lose. I plan on modding it somehow before I ever go out. There are prominent mold lines on the top of the hopper. It also fits loosely in my feedneck, i will have to tape it before I can get it snug.

I'd probably give this a lower rating, but you don't have much of a choice when it comes to pocket hoppers. I have to judge it against it competitors, and they aren't all that hot either.
Conclusion: Not that great a product, but it's cheap. Really, there isn't much else out there that fits the pump hopper niche.
Rating:
5 out of 10
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kokoklownanr Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Brass Eagle pocket hopper, Vieloader revolution, Viewloader 200
Marker Setup: Tippmann Pro-Lite
Winchester 50 Round Hopper
48/3000 HPA tank
12 inch Lapco Bigshot .690 with APEX tip
Strengths: Small
Good looking
Holds exactly 55 rounds
Low profile
Weaknesses: none i can see, except lack of flip top lid

EXPENSIVE
Review: well, after my Brass Eagle pocket hopper broke, and since i dont shoot more than 50 rounds per 15 minute game, then i decided the $7 Winchester pocket hopper is just for me!!! i am still yet to use it in a game but so far just shooting it in my backyard at about 7 bps it doesnt get jammed, so im happy
Conclusion: Buy this you wont be dissapointed!!!!!!!!
Rating:
10 out of 10
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