Opinions on Barrels
Posted 05 May 2007 - 01:55 AM
With my first post I don't want to make myself seem like a newb by asking "what's the most accurate barrel out there?" but I just want to know what you all think of a few specific barrels, and which one would be the best upgrade to what I have. Currently my marker setup is an A-5 with a palmer stabilizer and a 1200 psi gauge, SR-9 shroud, J&J 12" S2 barrel, and a tac cap. My problem is that I'm tired of having to "walk shots" onto my target, so I'm looking for a barrel that would help me to hit the target in 1-2 shots. I know practice is also a big part of this, but it's that extra bit of accuracy that I'm looking for and if possible about 10 more feet of range.
So the main barrels I'm thinking about are...
-Palmer Brass barrels (just heard about these the other day, my friend said that they're good)
-Opsgear 18" fluted sniper (some are saying it's good, others don't because of the lack of porting)
-Smart Parts Freak (would this even work on an A-5? someone told me it wouldn't really)
-J&J Ceramic 14"-16"
If anyone has another suggestion on a barrel I'd love to hear it! Any info from personal experience would be very much appreciated! And on a final question (though I know this is the barrel forum) does replacing the insides, such as the power tube, bolt, and such really make much difference in the performance of the marker?
Thanks for your time!
Posted 05 May 2007 - 08:47 AM
Posted 05 May 2007 - 11:56 AM
This post has been edited by 1eyedsnake: 05 May 2007 - 11:58 AM
Posted 05 May 2007 - 11:31 PM
Yes! The red dot is something I've been planing, but I'm waiting to get the raised rail and the sight because I want to add a CAR stock to my marker as well. I'm seeing some things about the C series barrels too, but I'm concerned about them being fragile, are they?
Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:13 PM
Posted 07 May 2007 - 08:11 PM
But this is where the PPS Brass comes in! Palmer threw the idea of matching bore size to paint out the window. Instead he made his barrel slightly oval (elliptical). This way no matter the size of the paint it would all touch in exactly two places in the barrel.
This is why with ultra-premium paint there will be no discernible difference between a PPS Brass and a properly sized barrel kit. But then, as our friend rfcsoulja stated above, at an FPO field you don't have any control over the paint, and so a PPS Brass will have the edge over any barrel kit.
The PPS Brass has only one downside: It is heavy. That's because it's brass and considerably thicker-walled than most aluminum barrels, even a Freak back with insert. Brass is heavier than aluminum. And you have more of it. That makes it a great deal heavier.
So, if you want the best accuracy in all situations, the PPS Brass is the way to go. If you have a bit more control over the quality of paint you use and want the lightest marker possible, go with the Freak.
A note on weight, though: On the speedball field I find the heavier weight of my E-Mag with the PPS Brass is not a detriment to my abilities on the field as the games are short and I don't have to carry it around for all that long. But when holding the marker for hours on end in a scenario it can be a bit tiring. Even so, I still use my PPS Brass in the woods.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 09:21 PM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:55 AM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:10 AM
If you get a custom PPS Brass it's going to cost you a straight $125 minimum. 12" is an ideal length, it's a happy medium, so to speak. Except for aesthetics there's not any real reason to go that much longer on an unported barrel. Ported, that extra bit may help a bit with efficiency, but really it's not enough to be noticeable.
The porting only makes a difference in sound and a minor effect on efficiency. The ported barrels will be quieter, but on an A5 it's rather pointless. The unported barrels will be slightly more gas efficient. Accuracy will be identical regardless of porting.