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Old 02-18-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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Help with Barrel

So i read the stickies, and I think i have a relatively new question:
I bought a tippmann 98 cause they're (allegedly) nigh on indestructible, and now I'm looking for a barrel with an equal degree of fussiness (none) but with some actual quality behind it. For reference, I bought a flatline with the custom, and really hated how it chewed paint, would mess up, etc.; the barrel was pretty much the opposite of what I wanted. So now I'm looking for a new barrel for the 98 at SP AA price point or lower - <$70 and preferably under fifty - that is very low maintenance but still has excellent accuracy as I don't want a repeat of the spray gun or wild curves that the flatline gave me. For the barrel to be low maintenance, I want it to be as flexible with paint as possible (buying midnights didn't make me happy or all that willing to go play), pretty quick to shoot through breaks/ self clean, and be pretty efficient with gas. Noise doesn't matter a bit to me, and I actually kind of prefer cannons to the all too familiar "thp thp" sound of most guns i hear. That being said, I'm looking for a 14" barrel and I'd appreciate all of your help.
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Old 02-18-2007, 02:13 PM   #2
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Stay away from SP barrels if you don't like "maintaining" a barrel. If you break a ball you're pretty much going to keep breaking until you thoroughly clean it - forget shooting through breaks.

Since you have an open bolt gun and want to be flexible with paint I suggest a .693 bore Custom Products 1 piece. You can use basically any kind of paint with that size bore.
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Old 02-18-2007, 02:52 PM   #3
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I'm with Reiner...I think CP's are the best bang for the buck in the sport right now. a .689 or .693 will enable you to shoot most every paint on the market and you should be quite happy with it. The best part is that they're an affordable $40-45. Used, you may be able to get one cheaper.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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you can get it for about $40 off of ebay. i haven't chopped paint on good quality balls but i have on some wally world paintballs. other than that, it shoots like a charm, although i am getting a bigger spread than usual...i wonder if it's the barrel or my bolt....
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:21 PM   #5
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i alwaysa likes sp barrels, you can get used freak barrels cheap
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:22 AM   #6
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Thanks

Thanks for the help guys, but I was wondering if a bore that size will negatively affect accuracy? I mean, I've heard good things about the ceramic, as far as shooting through breaks, ability to use any paint, and accuracy so I'm wondering how the 1 piece stacks up against it.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:17 AM   #7
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From my experience, as long as you're using an open bolt gun you shouldn't see the bore size affect accuracy. As for the CP vs J&J - they shoot the same and clean the same....I just think the CP looks 10x better and you can get it in small (.685), medium (.689) or large (.693) bore sizes.
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:06 AM   #8
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From my experience, as long as you're using an open bolt gun you shouldn't see the bore size affect accuracy. As for the CP vs J&J - they shoot the same and clean the same....I just think the CP looks 10x better and you can get it in small (.685), medium (.689) or large (.693) bore sizes.
agreed =)

that's why i have one.
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
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If you can find a used dye boomstick I have found that they last forever. SS backed barrels can outlast your marker.
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