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Old April 19th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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best barrel for my buck?

i was looking for some opinions on the best barrel for my x7. i don't want to spend a ton of money but am willing to part with some. i was thinking about a 14" or 16" for my style of play
any feed back is appreciated
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Old April 19th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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J$J ceramics. best budget barrel out there IMO
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Old April 20th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i agree they are great barrels almost way too good for the price
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J&J all the way, $30 and very light
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Old April 20th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks all for the help, i am still torn between the j&j 14" and the lapco 14". i am going to head to my local store and look at both. will repost and let you know which one i go with and how i feel about it
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ive got a tippmann 16" sniper barrel for 40 bucks extremely accurate
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And the J&J will be just as good, if not better, and will probably be cheaper
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Old April 21st, 2009, 07:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd take a Lapco over just about anything else on the market J&J barrels aren't bad they are a great cheap barrel but they have nothing on a Lapco.
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looks like a J&J is unavailable in my area! opinions about the tippmann flatline for the x7 or am i better off going with the lapco? i have heard the flatline will shoot up to 250 feet but is hard to attach to the gun and isn't very reliable
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Old April 24th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't like the flatlines, apex is better.
But some will argue that flatlines/apex don't work and some will swear by it. I'd just go for the lapco, those are sweet barrels.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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classic CP one piece or J&J don't go more than 12-14 inches
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Old April 29th, 2009, 12:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
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If you can afford to get the j&j shipped, that's the way to go. I've put my 16" j&j up against a 12" lapco, and there is a difference. It's not huge, but it's there. Performance not withstanding, Flatlines are more difficult to clean in game than a standard straight barrel.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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i ended up going with the lapco 14". i have put about 300 rounds through it without problems. love the barrel!
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If you can afford to get the j&j shipped, that's the way to go. I've put my 16" j&j up against a 12" lapco, and there is a difference. It's not huge, but it's there. Performance not withstanding, Flatlines are more difficult to clean in game than a standard straight barrel.
yeah, there is a bit of a difference...16" uses more air and will go maybe 4 inches further
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^^I was referring to the advantage of a low friction ceramic coating, over a non-coated bore, rather than any recommendation on length. My mention of lengths was purely for factual accuracy, I have used (not read about, or seen used) a 12" Lapco Bigshot, and own and have used (not read about or seen used) a 16" J7J Ceramic. The difference in performance between the two was, in my experience, small, but noticeable, in that the Lapco was slightly rougher on paint, was less slightly effective at self cleaning (shoot-though, whatever you want to call it), ant was, again, slightly more likely to hook balls.
The main difference I noted, was that my buddy paid about $120 CAD, with tax, for the Lapco, while I paid about $60 CAD, after tax, for the J&J.
Those are my reasons for suggesting a J&J (of whatever length), but the Lapco is also a fine choice, I just hope you got a better deal than my friend did.
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