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Old August 23rd, 2009, 08:35   #1
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Difference between shotgun and bolt rifle.

So, what's the difference between the two gun other than the length of the barrow which it doesn't really matter too much because airsoft is all about the hop up.

I was thinking, is it possible to make a shotgun with a decent long barrow that shots like a bolt rifle?

If so, how can this happen?

If not, why?
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 09:03   #2
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1. barrel, not "barrow"

2. barrel length those have importance beyond hopup, namely the maximum usable air volume from the piston


What you're talking about applies mostly to crappy spring "shotguns" that only fire 1 BB; TM (and clones) and most gas shotguns fire 3 or more BBs per shot, making that the biggest difference between a shotgun and other guns.

Would it be possible to upgrade a spring, single BB-firing shotgun to perform like a bolt action rifle? Probably. But seeing how you're starting with a lower end shotgun to begin with (exception perhaps to the G&P/Maruzen ones) it would require a lot of parts and work. You'd maybe be able to match some of the lower end bolt action, but high end sniper rifles are hard to match even for other (lower quality) bolt actions.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 09:08   #3
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I assume you mean in regards to airsoft. In those terms, the main difference is that most shotguns fire multiple bbs, usually three but sometimes five, from multiple barrels. Bolt action rifles only fire one bb. As well, just as in real steel, shotguns are meant for close range and bolt action rifles are meant for long. Thus, more attention is paid to accuracy and power in a bolt action then in a shotgun. The other major difference in airsoft terms is the price tag. A really good shotgun would only run you about $600 tops, you can usually get pretty good ones for as low as $350. The minimum for a decent bolt action would be $600, a good one would be about $1000 and a really good one would be $1200-1500 or more.

It really wouldn't be possible to match a bolt action with a shotgun, no matter how much you upgraded it. They're just not designed that way.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 14:22   #4
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there are shotguns that can cost wayyyy more than $600... (I assume your talking in CDN).
The CL/AS slug shotgun for instance is something like 600-900USD depending on the model isn't it?
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 16:06   #5
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there are shotguns that can cost wayyyy more than $600... (I assume your talking in CDN).
The CL/AS slug shotgun for instance is something like 600-900USD depending on the model isn't it?
yeah but he was talking in general, there are some sniper rifles that cost $2000 + in CND stock.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 18:01   #6
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Wow, just by reading, I learn a lot more about airsoft!...

I thought if the bbs are shooting from their own barrels, then wouldn't it be like shooting one bb per barrel? So therefore, if upgrades all types of internal and inner barrel, it would act like a bolt rifle but only shots multiple bbs.

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Old August 23rd, 2009, 18:54   #7
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Well i don't know that much about high-end pro Airsoft guns, but the two terms refer to the way the projectile is shot. Like Shotgun uses small metal balls called shot in each shell, (multiple BB's in airsoft) where rifles shoot only one bullet at a time. The name Rifle comes from the spirals in the barrel called rifling. I'm sure most of you here already know this, but just in case.
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Wow, just by reading, I learn a lot more about airsoft!...

I thought if the bbs are shooting from their own barrels, then wouldn't it be like shooting one bb per barrel? So therefore, if upgrades all types of internal and inner barrel, it would act like a bolt rifle but only shots multiple bbs.

Thanks.
Not quite though I'll agree that at first glance there doesn't seem to be any reason why not. The problem lies in how the inner barrels are run in the outer barrel. The way they're in there is designed to give you a decent spread at a fairly short distance, rather then fire a tight grouping of bbs. So if you upgraded everything on a shotgun, you're still going to have the spread. And the further you're trying to shoot, the wider the spread. At the ranges that bolt actions usually work at, the spread would be so wide as to make hitting a specific target pretty much impossible.
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