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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Barrel Length and Accuracy.

I'm having a hard time finding any clear explanation of accuracy and barrel length. Does Barrel length affect accuracy? I do know that barrel length doesn't affect range.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are probably a million threads on this already but I'll break it down for you. Barrel length does not influence accuracy at all. If you want accuracy you need good quality paint, a regulated air source and the most underrated of all...TIME ON THE FIELD! Barrels are by and large all marketing and as far as I've ever seen the only thing that makes your barrel any better is keeping it clean. So buy a good swab and squeegee. Not as cool as a Teflon coated Titanium infused barrel forged in the blood of a dozen virgins but there you have it.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anything under 6" and the paint gets squirrly and goes all over the place. But no one really uses such short barrels.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would have to agree with the above
The biggest influence is paint quality

Buy the best, most expensive barrel on the market, and shoot the absolute worst paint through it, and you won't hit a damn thing

There are certain barrels out there that people get for their specific looks, colors, or features, but by in large, the barrel is a glorified tube
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I would have to agree with the above
The biggest influence is paint quality

Buy the best, most expensive barrel on the market, and shoot the absolute worst paint through it, and you won't hit a damn thing

There are certain barrels out there that people get for their specific looks, colors, or features,
Or because they shoot through breaks better than other barrels. That's my main reason for buying my personal favorite.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Or because they shoot through breaks better than other barrels. That's my main reason for buying my personal favorite.
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Mine as well
Basically they are saying look into J&J ceramic if you're looking for a new barrel
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Old January 25th, 2012, 02:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Mine as well
me as......ahh crap i still dont have one

paint to bore match plays a roll in accuracy but its very small after the paint quality
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Old January 25th, 2012, 02:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have one but at at .689 bore size, i can only use it on humid days. i'm an underboring freak
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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me as......ahh crap i still dont have one

paint to bore match plays a roll in accuracy but its very small after the paint quality
YOu know, there's one for sale in BST right now. nudge nudge wink wink.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the info. I do understand that having a stock barrel isn't as "COOL" as having a 35" laser guided carbon fiber tricomposite quadpiece barrel, but if you do buy one then you will easily look like the village idiot. BTW I live in North West Florida and it gets humid as HELL here. I have heard that over-boring is crucial to get proper accuracy when your paint is affected by humidity and heat to get proper accuracy and to not break paint. I have heard on many articles that in extremely humid conditions people sometimes use barrels up to .695.

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It's been debated, but it all comes down to what you like to shoot
If you like underboring, than go underbore!
If you like overboring, than that's fine too



Just remember that the most crucial part of paintball accuracy is high quality paint
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Old January 25th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Just remember over-boring lets you shot more consistently and accurately especially when you are in very hot and humid conditions. It also keeps you from buying expensive barrel kits and breaking paint then going to a larger size barrel midgame.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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yep. but over boring also makes you loose more air per shot. It's a trade-off
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Old January 25th, 2012, 12:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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yep. but over boring also makes you loose more air per shot. It's a trade-off
Yeah but how much air per shot? It isn't like you are going to cut your efficiency in half if the paint fits a bit loose. The last three years I've given up on barrel kits and all that razzamatazz and I use single piece standard barrels .687 or .689 and I've seen absolutely no difference in air efficiency or anything like that. With paint sizes today that is almost a huge overbore and again no perceivable difference.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yes if you overbore you will lose a tiny amount of gas. But it doesn't matter to me because my field provides free air!
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Old January 25th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yes if you overbore you will lose a tiny amount of gas. But it doesn't matter to me because my field provides free air!
I know and that was kind of my point.
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well at any rate, it's personal preference.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Trust me overboring is the way to go. All the pros do it. If you underbore you have a large chance of breaking paint.
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No you don't. Pros do it because they don't pay for their paint, for their air, for anything. They couldn't care less if they lose efficiency, or if they're not getting optimal groupings. They all shoot good paint since it's provided by their sponsors, so the slight amount that underboring CAN help (not will, CAN) doesn't matter. And underboring requires you to TEST it, because you don't want to underbore TOO much (or yes, it does increase chance of paint breaking significantly), overboring is easy. Slap a .693 on there and go.

When it comes down to it, "because the pros do" is the WORST possible reason to do anything. Pros use what they're paid to use. They don't pay for anything themselves, and don't do any of their own maintenance.
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i think there are arguments for shooting technique and playing styles "because the pros do it" but anything equipment related is a moot argument since they just use what is handed to them

in all reality it is very easy to have better equipment than the pros do, if company A is sponcoring your favorite team and they can only use products from company A, even if company B makes the best barrel on the market, they will not use it. meanwhile there is nothing stopping you from using company B's barrel
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[QUOTE=Crawdaddy;2194370]Wedgits and detent rings that is covered. [/QUOTE

i have roll outs on mine as well..
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:52 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Trust me overboring is the way to go. All the pros do it. If you underbore you have a large chance of breaking paint.
Why doesn't underboring break more paint? - YouTube

check this out. I have no idea how to link it in video form.

here is the real world barrel break test
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D39Vp...feature=relmfu
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