Dye Excel- Close to the same, but I like the finish and looks of PL better...PL barrel also quieter, but accuracy was about the same.
Piranha Evo with FBM Choke Chain feedneck and wave trigger, Powerlyte Speedline, Shocktech Supafly bolt, Evil Valve Kit w/VL valve stem; NO LEAKS!, 32 degrees springs, Twisted Volumizer, CCM reg, Polished Hammer (did it myself; dremel owns) Custom Products rail and On/Off with a Crossfire 45/3000 tank. Oh, and the revvy, of course. 800 shots per fill, 210 psi for 300 fps.
I'd say pretty much anything... I used VERY cheap paint and it shot very accurately. Then again, I used Draxxus Midnights the next day and it shot even better. Anything works, but higher quality paint will result in higher accuracy.
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I picked up this gun on eBay for 20 shipped. I'm pretty sure I just got lucky and nobody saw it. The barrel comes in a simple, plastic bag with a Powerlyte tag at the top. Needless to say, it looks MUCH better in real life. Trust me.
I slid a barrel O-ring on it (doesn't come with one...meh) and put it on my Evo. It fit perfect, and the anno was a perfect match. Some black anno's are different shades, but the PL black is nearly the same. I was surprised when it fit so perfectly; I'd tied other specifically Spyder-threaded barrels and they wouldn't fit at all, but the Speedline went on like butter. It felt like threading the stock barrel onto a Piranha...Piranha stock barrels perfectly match their own thread, if you haven't ever really used the stock and don't know what I'm talking about.
Accuracy: Surprisingly for a one-piece this barrel is really accurate...It can definitely put ball on top of ball with more expensive paint, and can get about a 3-inch shot radius at thirty feet with VERY cheap paint.
Looks: Much nicer when you hold it / put it on your gun. The milling really fits in with Piranha milling, and other guns as well.
Cleaning: Easy to shoot through breaks, and if you do have to put a squeegee through it, the porting (unlike Freak barrels) will clean itself out with the next shot.
Volume: Very quiet. Surprisingly, it was quieter than the J&J ceramic, which has TONS of porting up the sides. However, the 32 Degrees Whisper was much quieter, while the Powerlyte makes up for this in its superior performance.
Definitely a very nice barrel for the price. Accurate, Quiet, Consistant, and Easy to clean. If you're running a Piranha, the milling is almost a perfect match. Can use a wide variety of paint, from high quality to low, so if you're noob and cheap, or even pro and have deep pockets, go for the Speedline. Also if you've got the money, check out the PL Scepter. Great prices on that at www.hotshotpaintball.com 7 Insert kit for 150. Awesome, really.