Originally Posted by clark270
Is shooting Co2 quieter than high pressure air? I am thinking about using 20 0z paintball tanks to refill a Maurader has anyone tried this? What type of adapter do you use? Thanks
I forgot to mention one thing. I considered using a scuba tank at one time & talked myself out of it. Every year you have to have the tank checked & certified or you can't get it filled. Five years ago, the fee was $50 where I live. That's expensive unless you shoot a lot & I mean a lot. After you fill your Maurader one time, from a scuba tank, you'll never fill it again to capacity after that until the tank is filled again. The pressure in the tank will become less every time you fill your air rifle. I normally pump up the tank in my air rifle between 150-160 BAR. That's only 2200-2300 PSI. I shoot about 50 shots at medium power (my FX Cutlass has 3 selectable power settings). I might get an extra 20 shots on lower power.
The point is, you'll be filing that bottle more than you think unless you don't shoot very much. You can buy a good 3-stage pump for a little more than a scuba tank, with gauges & a special adapter to fill you Maurader.
It only takes me 5 minutes to pump up my FX Cutlass & costs me nothing beyond the initial investment.
Check this article at:
Air guns - Pyramyd Air Report: Scuba tanks for airguns - part 1
Then do some more research about the pumps available which will save you time & money in the long run. Lugging that tank around is a pain in the a**. If you consider loading & unloading that tank, going to get it filled & the time it takes to fill you air rifle, I think the overall time will be more & more expensive.
As it says in the article, you can buy a graphite tank for $600 which can be filled to 4500 PSI, but I think it takes a special 4 stage pump to fill these, which will also be more expensive. Maybe the overall cost would be the same as the scuba tank, but for sure you will have a much larger investment.
I spent a lot of time researching this for myself, but you may come to a different conclusion. Don't take my word for this. If you check it out for yourself, you'll feel better about it when you make your final decision.