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Old May 15th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Deciding on new Barrel for 98C

Hey all, first post here and massive noob to the game, been only playing a few months. I've got a JJ ceramic 14" and i'm not crazy about it, tried some other barrels and have narrowed it down to the below options, anyone rec. against any of these? I've read tons of reviews but figured I'd throw it out here just in case I'm missing something, thanks in advance. ALso let me know if I'm wasting my time and Money vs. my existing barrel.

JJ Full Tilt Ceramic
Dye Ultralite
Powerlyte Scepter Barrel System (this one I have not actually tried myslef)
Stiffi
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Old May 15th, 2007, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Been using good to fair paint with the J&J?

I wouldn't buy the Stiffi. I have a problem paying more for a barrel than the gun it fits on is worth.

Full tilt is J&J's kit, isn't it? If its just a different model one piece barrel it'll probably behave the same.

Ultralite is a nice barrel, but again on the cost thing. Unless you find a deal, that is.

Scepter, if you can move it to another gun with just buying one new back (it uses inserts, doesn't it?) it might be a good buy for a kit.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If your going to get a kit there are few things to think about;

Number of insterts or backs: this determinds how well you can match your paint that day, too loose the ball rattles down the barrel, too tight you get barrel breaks

Length of the insert/back: The longer this is the more control it will have over the ball. If it's just a 1" long the ball is only in the insert for about 0.00028s while if the insert is 7" the ball will be in it for 0.00195s. This is the part of the barrel that will have the most control over were the ball will go. because most of the fronts out there are much larger in bore size then the inserts so they have almost no control over the ball.

Are other Front lengths Avalible? This is mostly personal preference, Shorter barrels a easier to maneuver while longer barrels you wind up fencing with the other team.

If I get a new gun will I have to buy a new Back or a new Set of backs: What good is a Kit if you have to by a new set of 5 backs for your next gun when you can keep you inserts and only buy 1 new back?


but back to you main question

Scepter is not that bad of a kit it
the old one came with 5 inserts and I believe they were one of the longer ones
the new set comes with 7 inserts but they are shorter then the freaks.

The kit I use and love is the Freak. 1 set of inserts (eight), 4 backs (Imp, Cocker, Shocker, 98c threads), 3 fronts (12" 14" and 18"): so i have 96 different combinations in my gear bag.

But if you want a older barrel that is in good condition I got a SP Teardrop i don't need any more. PM me if your interested
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Old May 17th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, being a rec player I think getting the kit is overkill, at least right now, maybe next year. I think it'll be between the stiffi and Ultralite, I've got buddies with them so I'm just going to head out and shot a box of balls and see which I prefer.
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