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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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98 Custom Flatline questions...

So I wana buy the flatline barrel for my 98 Custom Pro ACT Platinum Series gun, but i have a few questions. I was wondering how hard it is to install the barrel, how hard it is to clean it, and just your oppinion on how it looks on the 98 and if i were to get a stock, which one should I get (i want a stock that matches the look of the barrel).
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Old January 17th, 2011, 07:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's easy to install, very annoying to clean and who cares how it looks? A stock radically changes the ergonomics of your marker so it should be more important to find one that is comfortable for you to use rather than one that looks better. Also keep in mind that most stocks on the market don't actually work all that well when you are wearing a mask which is 100% of the time you are using your marker on the field.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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flitline is crap btw. it will not increase your effective range, has bad accuracy, is loud and is hard on paint. if you like it look into the apex. at least with it you can turn off the backspin
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Old January 17th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Does it really have bad accuracy?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Absolutely it does. The backspin that gives it the flatter trajectory also means that any imperfection in the shell causes the paint to fly a lot worse than it otherwise would. You can get everything from corkscrews to dogleg curves and everything in between. You aren't going to suddenly become a long range sniping machine with the Flatline by any stretch of the imagination.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do with the Apex barrel, you can change it to a bunch of different things, but is it like hard because i read that you have to twist it to change how it shoots and i want more of a consistant shot, so if it twists like a little bit, does it change the shot? Also, is the flat line shot on the apex better than the flatline barrel?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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same shot, all they do is put backspin on the ball to keep it in the air longer, the difference is with the apex is you can turn it off if you want to.

personally i dont like either and think they are a waste of money. if you want to sit behind a tree trying to dial in the apex go ahead, im going to be moving up the field while you do. flat trajectory can come in handy for trying to get a shot under a low hanging tree branch but likewise a arcing shot will work for trying to get over the top of a bunker or hill
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Old January 17th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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o yeah i understand. What barrel do you use?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 09:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use a DW fibur, its a carbon fiber barrel that uses the freak insert kit. very hard to find now and very expensive (i got mine for around $155 but i think they are a lot more now)

if your looking for a great barrel at a decent price check out the J&J ceramic. at $30 it is a fantastic barrel
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Old January 17th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is this: DeadlyWind Fibur Carbon Fiber Barrel | Paintball Review | pbreview.com sort of like yours?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #11 (permalink)
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yup, thats the one. course you cant just buy the barrel alone, you have to have at least one of the freak inserts to make it work, thats why i said $155, when i bought it i got the whole freak kit as well
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Old January 18th, 2011, 09:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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He's right about the flatline. I used to use one and the truth is you had to have three things going to make it work right: Perfectly round paintballs, Consistant velocity of 270-280 fps, and warm tempratures. Once I hit a running guy at 105 ft with an aimed shot to the head. Fifty other times I couldn't hit someone forty feet from me because the balls would go in every direction but straight. Spend the $80 it costs on something a else and you won't be sorry.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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if you want a kit the freak may be the way to go, nice thing is if you get one and then get a different marker down the road that is say cocker threaded. you can pick up a new back for the freak kit and keep using it
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Old January 18th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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well i am a beginner paintball gun owner, and i want a different barrel than the one i got with my 98, so what is a good one that is not really expensive (like my limit is $100)
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Old January 18th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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nevermind
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Old January 18th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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J&J all the way, at $30 if i still shot single piece barrels thats what id be using on my $1000 marker
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Old January 18th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Are you serious? Like, i dont want to be ripped off. Is it for woodsball?
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Old January 18th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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its for paintball

and ya im serious, i used to have one on my oldschool impulse, the thing is great, teflon coated ceramic means the thing shoots out breaks really well because the paint wont stick to it. good porting so it is quiet and they are fairly light. if anything for the quality of the barrel it should be higher priced in my opinion but its $30. their edge kit is one of the cheapest on the market and basically the same design but in a barrel kit
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Old January 18th, 2011, 09:45 PM   #19 (permalink)
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O ok thats awesome. How many inches would you recomend for the barrel? and idk a whole lot about buying paintball stuff, so what do you mean by a barrel kit?
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Old January 18th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
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anywhere from 12"-16" is all personal preference, shorter is more mobile but cant stick through bushes or push down bunkers as much. longer will be able to stick through bushes a little more and push down bunkers but will be a little less mobile. efficiency between lengths has been debated forever personally i believe the longer ones will increase your efficiency but its not a huge amount. negligible if anything. i shoot 14" barrels, they just feel right

for the kit, a single or duel piece barrel comes in one bore size, so what you have is what you have. but a kit on the other hand come with multiple backs to size your barrel to your paint. so if your bore size matches your paint you get the best accuracy and efficiency
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Old January 19th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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J&J Ceramic Barrel Model 98 14" - So this would be the right one? minus the kit
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #22 (permalink)
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thats the one, here it is for $5 cheaper

Amazon.com: J&J M98 Ceramic Barrel - 14: DoroSports Store

may want to compare shipping though, i didnt look at it

if you want to spend a little more here is the kit

Amazon.com: J & J Edge Model 98 Barrel Kit - 14 Inch - Black: DoroSports Store
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I only really use one kind of paint at the place where i play, so i might not need the kit. But one more question; how do you kno what part of kit to use wen u use different paint?
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Old January 19th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #24 (permalink)
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do a blow test, you take one of the backs, put a paintball in it, if it rolls through its too big, when you find the one that it wont roll through but you can blow it through using your mouth that is said to be the right one. some people underbore and go one size down from that and some people overbore and go one up. if im stuck between two sizes with my kit ill underbore slightly. there are arguments for both sides but for a 1 piece barrel i still believe its better to overbore slightly. but if you are using one type of paint all the time you may want to try and ask around to see what size bores people put it through and if im not mistaken you can get the J&J you are looking at in different bores so get one that works best with the paint you use
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Thank you so much
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