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Barrel Sizing What's the Best Fit?

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:15 PM

I'll be getting a freak barrel kit with all the inserts.
I was wondering what to look for when sizing the ball to the insert... like should it be the snuggest fit around the ball. Never had inserts before, A little help would be nice. :P

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:37 PM

I'd say you size it just like a 1-piece. Drop the ball in, it should get stuck. If you blow semi-hard and it shoots out, good. If you blow and it takes quite a bit of pressure before it pops out, bad. :)

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:57 PM

If you are using incredibly high quality paint, go with the above. If you are using lower quality paint, go with the above, but then go down or up one size. As not all paintballs are exactly the same size, some will be alittle big, some will be a little small, and some will be right on the money. You have less consistancy, because some are sliding through fine, some are letting air excape around them, and some are extremely snug in the barrel.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:57 AM

There's a whole lot of theories around barrel and bore sizing. Optimally you want the paintball to be able to sit in the barrel and blow out with the puff of a breath. That provides the best air efficiency. Some will say it improves your accuracy. Do it with several paintballs since paintball will vary significantly from one ball to another.

If you're paintball falls through the barrel it's not the end of the world. A lot of people get obsessed with a perfect match. As long as you know your're somewhat close you won't be able to tell a difference. Just as long as your paintballs aren't getting stuck in the barrel you are fine. It's much better to error on the side of having too small of paint or too large of a barrel bore.
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