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I'm getting back into paintball after a few years, and have decided to get the Etek 5. However, I want to upgrade from the stock barrel. I am more of a long distance shooter in some respects, so i'm looking for a barrel that better handles distance for sure. Although I also like barrels that are quieter. Any recommendations? I don't mind breaking my dollar.
 

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Without usage of something that induces backspin, distance is 100% determined by exit velocity. Since exit velocity is determined by safety, there is nothing that will increase your distance.

If you want backspin, you're only option is a barrel that allows for an Apex tip. They do go further with a different trajectory, however they still low velocity at the same rate, so they actually don't give you any more USABLE range. Note, however, that this is debatable, and some swear they do increase usable range. It's my experience they don't.

As for quieting it down, you could just get a different shaft tip that's more heavily ported. More porting = quieter, less porting = better efficiency.
 

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When you use an Apex2 barrel the backspin will give you a more flatter trajectory and it does give you greater range. I have both the Tippmann Flatlines for the A5 and the Phenom X7 as well as several Apex2 tips. The only problem with using the Apex2 tip is that you lose accuracy over distance. This will cause you to fire more paint to compensate having your paint flying in every direction. The second downside as already noted is that at the greater range you have less chance of an actual break. If you are using hard shelled paint against an opponent that has very loose clothing or "bounce" gear you will be deeply saddened to see that there was no paint break. To me, if you are using an Apex2 barrel you may need to tune your marker to the very top of the field safe projectile velocity. It's that or if you have a field that is open air, just tilt the barrel higher. I play woodsball and the field has a lot of trees with a low treetop canopy which makes higher angled shots difficult to do.
 

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Im with miller, they dont add usable range. The other down side is any backspin system will have worse accuracy because of the backspin. what happens is the paint, while you are putting a backspin on all the balls, they will each come out leaning slightly left or right, they will not all come out of the barrel exactly the same. this happens in normal barrels as well but the difference is because they are spinning the spin pulls the ball left or right throughout its flight. The end result is worst accuracy but a flatter trajectory. If you play a game of civil war against someone with a flatline or apex what tends to happen is at a distance beyond the range of the normal barrel the backspin system will allow the paint to still be in the air but it is very far away from the person they are shooting at to the left or right. as they move in the person with the normal barrel, as long as it is not some terrible barrel will start nicking the elbows and the person with the backspin system will still be a few feet off to either side

for you, I would say pick up a J&J ceramic. they are absolutely fantastic barrels and usually can be had for around $35 or $40. beyond that look into a barrel kit, many of us use the deadly winds fibur system or the J&J edge kit but to get a complete kit of either you will be looking into the $150 range
 

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yup^^^ you could have the best barrel in the world but if you put bad paint through it you are still getting bad results

crap in = crap out

on the flip side you could have a terrible barrel but putting the best paint through it and get better results than the above situation
 
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