I have had good results with DBX, Scorch, El Tigre
Not bad results with Whack
Really liked those El Tigres but a little pricey
well honed inside
mades gun quieter
made by Tippmann
Tippmann label ends up facing down
This is my first upgrade to my Tippmann 98c. I did a lot of research using this site and others before making the plunge. I play primarily woodsball, and was wishing to increase the accuracy and consequently the effective range of my trusty Tippy.
I spent the better part of an afternoon testing the difference between the Werx 14" and the stock barrel which comes with the 98c. I think my results show: that the WERX is a great barrle, and that it is well worth the cost to upgrade from the stock.
First the setup:
1. In my backyard I placed a cardboard target that measured 20" x 24" (480 sq in- note a typical grown man all geared-up should have about 450 sq in of "target" from the waist to the head, not counting marker.)
2. I measured out the following ranges 50 feet, 75 feet, 100 feet and 125 feet.
3. I was using CHEAP paintballs DBX practice grade
4. I used my Shooting Chrony to make sure I had consistent FPS at each range.
5. I would shoot about 20 rounds at each range: 10 w/ the stock barrel 10 w/ the Werx.
6. Before I switched range or barrels I would double check my FPS. (Tried to maintain 290 fps)
7. The air temp was in the high 50s (warm for January in MD)
8. A 10+ mph wind blowing from left to right which I am sure affected the long range results.
1. At 50 feet I was surprised at how accurate the stock barrel was. I could hit the target with almost every shot. Score:
Stock 18/20 (90%) but with a very loose group
Werx 19/20 (95%) but with a very tight group almost all shots in a 5" circle
2. At 75 feet here is where the difference started to become apparent. Score:
Stock 13/20 (65%) hits really spread out
Werx 26/35 (74%) again- much tighter grouping than stock
3. At 100 feet Some wind effects noted. Score
Stock: 7/20 (35%) noticed wild curvers
Werx: 15/28 (54%) still shooting pretty straight
4. At 125 feet (here is where the wind really began to show its effect Score:
Stock: 0/15 (I could not hit at that range and eventually stopped wasting the co2.
Werx: 12/40 (30%) had to hold higher for arching effect but still shooting fairly straight.
As stated above I would verify FPS whenever I switched barrels or range. I was trying to keep the setting as close to 290 fps as I could so the results would be comparable. With the Werx I could get that with the velocity screw backed out 3 turns. However when I switched to stock I found that my average speed DROPPED BY MORE THAN 30 fps! This meant I had to back the velocity screw out about 6 turns. This would seem to imply the Werx would give better air efficiency. Looking at the stock barrel I see that there is a small circle of porting holes that are only 4" from the breech end. Maybe too much air escapes too soon.
1. If you stay under 50 feet The Tippmann stock barrel is not as bad as some have reported.
2. The werx gave me much tighter groups, better accuracy, and a longer effective range.
3. I noticed with the stock the typical wild fliers- balls that would bend and curve so much they seemed to defy the laws of physics. But with the Werx- almost never.
4. Remember I was using cruddy DBX- I will soon test with a better quality ball and compare results.
5. Werx requires less co2.
6. The inside of the barrel is mirror like- very smooth and shiny.
7. I experienced NO ball breaks with either barrel.
8. I am very satisfied with the purchase- for under $55 including shipping you can make a great improvement in your shooting.
9. It was quieter than the stock but don't believe the "silencer hype." No barrel does that.
10. It looks really cool!
11. Buy it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, June 7th, 2006 at 1:14 pm PST