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Ares AST-01 Advice

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Hello, I wanted some advice with the AST-01. I have heard mostly negative things about the AS-01, though have decided to get an AST because I want to snipe to have fun, and don't really care if it isn't the best performing rifle on the field. (Though I do want it to be good.) I am aiming for around 460-500 fps, if I can get it there. I plan on getting a new body pin, bucking, barrel, and cylinder to begin with. Ares makes a new "large" cylinder for the AS series ([CPSB-007]Upgraded C.P.S.B. for AS Series - Large) that comes with spring, guide, and piston included, and haven't heard anything about it online. My question was then what are some good bucking's that would work, what barrel's would be good, and if it is realistic to shoot for 500 fps (pun intended). was also wondering if I could get a shorter barrel but keep the long outer barrel or if that would cause problems. Thanks! (P.S., if anyone has a good guide for DIY mods like barrel spacers and where I would need teflon tape that would be appreciated.) Thanks!
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If you want 500 FPS you'll want that cylinder, and a big spring, or HPA.
For barrels, I have a couple.
ESC Works 5.98X???
EdGi 5.98X???
Grizzly custom works 5.98X???
Action Army 6.01X???
Abd for buckings, the 2021 85° MR-hop is good.
For chambers, get the Action Army, and for a nub I would suggest the MASADA nub.

To put in a shorter inner barrel you just need barrel spacers, which you can make by wrapping painters tape around your inner barrel
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I'd expect 33cm3 like that other guy said if it's actually bore up, as I'm pretty sure 27cm3 is standard.
Also, what's this calculator? Link?
I honestly never bothered with voluming as I run HPA and the longest inner barrel I can handle lol
I think that the Marui M40 has a short and narrow cylinder, while the Striker has a short and wide cylinder, so they aren't actually that similar.

I would suggest buying an Action Army 6.01X500mm barrel and slowly cutting it down 10mm at a time and chrono in between.
You will want the length that gives you the most FPS with the BBs you plan to use.
Make sure that you are using the BBs you plan on using, and have the hop turned on.
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