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af895 Saturday, November 18th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month40 of 42 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Stock SP-8 barrel (14", ported)
OpsGear Interceptor 18"
Hammerhead Battlestikxx 14" Recon Barrel Kit
Marker Setup: Jungle Green SP-8
Extendable Stock
Tactical Rail Kit
TechT L6 Lightening Bolt
Clippard QEV
CP Regulator, Long
PMI Pure Energy 68/4500 HPA
PMI remote
Palmer Pursuit Shop unported, 14" brass barrel
Tasco BKRD30 RedDot Sight
Q-loader System
Tippmann Triumph SSL-200 hopper
Recommended
Paintballs:
Draxxus Hellfire - just about anything shoots well though (tried X-ball Bronze and Silver).
Strengths: EXTREMELY accurate, paint tolerant, no breaks. APEX tip adaptor available.
Weaknesses: Heavy?
Review: General
When I ordered my barrel, PPS had to custom make it to fit my Impulse/Ion threaded SP-8. A PPS employee was more than happy to answer questions over the phone. I was looking at their website later and found they make an APEX tip adaptor for their barrels. I called back and spoke ot the same woman who was very helpful and simply added the adaptor to my order. PPS is wonderful to deal with. The barrel arrived less than a week after being shipped, extremely well packed in a styrofoam "tube" inside a Tyvek envelope.

Accuracy
In the 2000+ balls shot through mine (unported, 14" on an SP-8/Ion), it's been nothing less than outstanding. This is a frighteningly accurate barrel.

Out to about 60', I was putting paintballs right on top of each other.

At 100', I could keep the vast majority of shots inside a mask sized area with no problem shooting into windows across the field.

Out to - and past - 150' (the length of my regular indoor field is about that, perhaps 175' if you go right to the walls), the group starts to open up - maybe 5 to 7 of 10 would stay inside a "man-sized" target. Great for longballing or suppression with accuracy. Firing 5-10bps at 150', if someone sticks their head, toe or hopper where you're aiming, they're going to get tagged.

All things considered (marker and paint inconsistency) I couldn't hope or wish for any better accuracy than this barrel delivers.

Paint Differences
The difference between really good paint like Hellfire and lower end X-ball Bronze or Silver was the number of wild shots. Hellfire might send one in 25 shots off by a few MOA (minutes of angle). The lower end stuff had more flyers. No breaks evident with any paint, shooting at any rate from 1bps to 20bps. Either there were no breaks or the barrel self-cleaned on the 2nd shot and I didn't notice. In any case, by the end of the night, the inside of the barrel was still a mirror finish.

Other Barrels for Comparison
I shot a Hammerhead kit and the OpsGear interceptor on the same day. While they come close, there's a noticable difference and the PPS brass wins, at all distances. Note: the marker was chronoed to 275fps, +/-3fps.

Other
I also received the PPS's APEX tip adaptor and I'm looking forward to trying it next. (APEX on order). The nice thing about that setup will be the possibility to disable the APEX tip to just shoot the brass or activate the APEX tip for "creative" shots. Best of both worlds.
Conclusion: I recognize a lot of different factors can add up to affect results.

For me, shooting an SP-8 and Draxxus Hellfire (my new favorite paint), there is no reason for me to own another barrel - the PPS brass is as accurate as I could ever hope for. There are enough people who swear by these barrels they're worth trying.

The folks at PPS can talk to you about options like porting or different bore sizes (small, medium, large - I'm shooting medium). Medium will shoot a lot of different paint well. If you regularly shoot small or large paint, you might ask for a different bore size.

This is a great investment and it's given me new excitement about the game because I can aim and know the paint is going to go exactly where I want, predictably.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, November 19th, 2006 at 8:27 am PST
 

Review Comments
RickLiebespach Friday, April 13th, 2007 | 3:50 am PST
I noticed that they offer sever different bore sizes... on their "off the shelf" barrels.
(.685, .690)
What size did you get? Do you ever think you should have gotten the other size?
   

af895 Saturday, April 14th, 2007 | 4:12 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by RickLiebespach
I noticed that they offer sever different bore sizes... on their "off the shelf" barrels.
(.685, .690)
What size did you get? Do you ever think you should have gotten the other size?


Hey Rich! I have the large and small bore. Paint is so small these days (.679-.686 around here) the large bore wasn't shooting as well as I wanted so I got the small. Excellent results. On and open bolt marker, bore size seems less relevant but when I went closed bolt, it became an issue. (rollouts too)
   

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