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Best barrel for the 98? My flatline is getting rediculous

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:14 PM

So, after another day of play without getting a single person out, I decided to finally get rid of my flatline. Its so innaccurate, I couldn't hit a person at 35 feet. So, what barrel is the most accurate for the 98? A little range would be very nice.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:17 PM

palmers purist shop, brass. don't have one yet but plan on it. Word on the net is that they ROCK!!
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:19 PM

Thanks, but I would like to know from personal experience.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:25 PM

Palmer's brass barrels and Lapco's lineup of barrels are my favorite. It really depends on what you're looking for. Overall they shoot pretty similar and are both very efficient. Lapco's are made out of aluminum are are pretty lightweight. Palmer's are brass and surprisingly heavy - but if you're looking for something to complement a quiet marker Palmer's double ported brass barrels are among the quietest made.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 09:08 AM

I personally am very happy with my 14in st!ffi barrel. I got the .691 bore, and its very accurate and extremely light. Some people say it affects the balance of the marker with a lightweight barrel, but I also use a remote to keep the weight down overall.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 09:09 AM

I picked up a J&J ceramic and havnt looked back. Its performed great and its cheaper.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 09:13 AM

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:55 PM

I've got the flatline as well. I don't find it inaccurate but eats the balls with my cyclone and RT. I'm going to give the 14" J&J Ceramic a try. Nice thing about it is the self cleaning feature due to it ceramic/teflon coating. People seem to love them.
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:06 PM

Must agree with Piller- Lapco and Palmer's make outstanding products, some of the best in the game. I'd throw CP into the mix; they are very good and a good value. J&J has had some recent quality issues, so I'd avoid a new barrel from them, but 1-year or older used ones should be OK. Any good aftermarket barrel really ahould be more "accurate" than a stock one, of course, "accuracy" is a pretty loose term when you're talking about paintball.

I also have a Flatline on my A-5, but I've never had problems with it. It will never be as "accurate" as a high-end barrel, but your problems aren't normal. There is a topic in this forum that goes into great detail on how to properly set-up and maintain your FL- it's worth a read if you haven't already.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:11 AM

The only real option for range is a flatline or apex, which can kill accuracy. I have a flatline and it's great, if I have good paint for it. If I do not have good paint, the flatline becomes the biggest pile of S**T! I have yet to shoot an apex, I've heard they are more tolerant of paint, but you still have to be picky.

For accuracy, I have a Lapco Accushot kit. it's 3, 1-piece barrels with different bores. You match the paint as closely as you can to one of the barrels, and away you go. Since I got it, I have been a firm believer in the accuracy of a matched ball/barrel. Some different and maybe cheaper barrel kit options are a Lapco SnapShot kit or a Smart Parts Freak kit.

P.S. Arching your shots with a straight barrel will produce about the same distance as a straight shot with a flatline. I think the arched shot will be more likely to break because it has gravity helping the ball speed as it drops. The flatline produces a straight, level shot, but the ball can slow down so much it won't break.
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