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Old September 27th, 2005, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question flatline vs sniper barrell? 98c

Whats up guys an girls. Let me get an opinion or 3, I run a 98 custom with a flatline barrell and notice that its not as accurate as i would like it. The distance is badass (the first time out when i got it i popped a guy from across the field, lucky shot) but itll put out a 2-3 ft pattern @ 100ft depending on the balls i use. Ive been thinking about getting a 16" sniper barrell but im not sure if ill be better off, if not worse! fill me in, so i dont dump 20-30 bucks on nothing. Later
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Old September 27th, 2005, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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a 16 incher barrel will not increase ur range at all... it mite be a bit more accurate depending on your paint t bore match, but a 16 inch barrel will shoot just as far as a 12/14 incher. IMO stick with the flatline if you really like it.
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Old September 27th, 2005, 02:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ninjais right it wont go as far but might be a bit more accurate if you have the right paint. IMO id keep the flatline but thats just me..
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Old September 27th, 2005, 02:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't get the sniper barrel, the flatline is much better. If you are considering upgrading your barrel, get something around 12-14" and a better quality barrel than the sniper one. The flatline is nice, I was thinking of getting one and decided to just upgrade my marker.
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Old September 27th, 2005, 02:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Most likely, you don't have the flatline installed right, or you are using crappy paint. The paint might also be to big...
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Old September 27th, 2005, 03:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm doing a science fair project on paintball trajectory and its relationship to the barrel.

First of all, flatlines are hella inaccurate. They always are and will be. Ever play with a gyroscope? Its really stable on one axis (and if you try to hold it up, it wants to move around on its own), but sort of weak on the other axis. So what you have is, an unstable axis to worry about.

That means, the up and down movement will be pretty easy to predict, and should remain a constant, but wont be very good side to side.

In simpler words, the axis that its spinning on will have the most room for play.

The tippmann sniper barrels pretty much suck. Tippmann makes good markers,I'll give them that, but they arent a barrel company.

Longer barrels are not more accurate, dispite common belief.

Good brands to throw at you are:

J&J Performance, Dye, Empire (Not a fan of their twister barrels.. in fact, stay away from rifling altogethor), and I'm not a fan of them, but Lapco has certainly been around the paintball industry from a long time.

Hope that helps!
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Old September 27th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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im really looking for a range/accuracy combination. i would prefer to paint my target without going through 200 rounds at close range to do it. Ive heard a lot of good things about the J&J equipment, do they make a barrell worth getting the adaptor for?
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Old September 27th, 2005, 08:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You dont need an adapter. Major barrel companies (like all I mentioned) make barrels in different threads ranging from cocker to angel to impulse to A5 and Tippmann 98 threadings.

JJ Ceramic barrels can be found for around $35, and are very nice.
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Old September 27th, 2005, 09:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i can speak for them, get a J&J ceramic they are very very good.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 11:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I played sppedball with my friends flatlined 98 i tagged 2 ppl in around 40 shots.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 12:09 AM   #12 (permalink)
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12 inch J&J ceramic is a good barrel. I use one on my a5. It'll shoot most mid sized paint very well, and it is pretty quiet (especially compared to a flatline)
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 07:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have a 14" J&J Ceramic. It is very good as long as you use a slightly smaller paint (XBall Silver works well), but if you use a larger bore then you WILL have breaks (and a lot of them).
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Would the standard .68 work ok? thats what i generally buy and use in my flatline.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 04:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Would the standard .68 work ok? thats what i generally buy and use in my flatline.
thats the only kind they make, unless you have big bore paint
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 04:33 PM   #16 (permalink)
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.68 can mean that the bore size can be from .680 to .699. I would buy a good brand name paint (XBall Silver works very well with the J&J) and try it. Or you can try to use the online charts to match paint to barrels, but I've found that they can be unreliable. Maybe one of the moderators can help you more than I can.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 04:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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just try not to buy any walmart paint or garbage paint, draxxus midnight is only $40 a case, so that is what i use
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 09:41 PM   #18 (permalink)
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So basically just spend some c-bills, experiment, and find a happy medium, right? I can do that...
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Old October 6th, 2005, 09:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i use a tippmann 16 sniper barrel..i like it alot...i get good distance and great accurace....i used to use a 16in nite stick....and i like my tippy better
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16 inches make sa tippy like a freaking walking stick. stick with a 14 inch. you'll be glad you did. I saw a guy witha 16 inch on his tippy and he had a realyl hard time staying tight and moving around cuz it was so long
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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Try turning down the velocity a bit, that should increase the accuracy of your flatline.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 10:34 AM   #22 (permalink)
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keep the flatline and get better paint
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