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Old 05-31-2012, 09:54 AM #1
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Why people hating on Etha's barrel?

I keep seeing on multiple threads and reviews about how when you get your new Etha, all you have to do is upgrade the barrel. And that the Etha is good stock, just needs a new barrel.
(maybe that's there personal opinion, OR they are just trying to find something wrong or to have better on the gun, becuase there mad there 1200$ high end is the same quality )

BUT Correct me if I'm wrong, the Etha comes with a 14 inch Shaft 4 "Etek design-etek milling" with simpler milling like on the Etek3.


My question... Is BESIDES wanting to switch barrels to a barrel with a different size bore, say instead of the .689/.693 (which ever the Etha has) to say a .685, (becuase say where they live the paint is a tiny bore size) then why would any one have to, switch to a different barrel? I've always thought Planet made if not the best, close to the best barrels on the market.

Can anyone explain?
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:53 PM #2
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Just to be able to match paint. There are some out there that believe that other barrels are quiter/have more porting. I've yet to find anything wrong with the porting or sound signature of the Etha.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:46 PM #3
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some people just wanna spend money
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:12 PM #4
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Just to be able to match paint. There are some out there that believe that other barrels are quiter/have more porting. I've yet to find anything wrong with the porting or sound signature of the Etha.
Yeah I talked about wanting to change the barrel because of the bore size (paint matching) and if they have enough $$$$ to worry about sound signature they shouldn't be shooting an Etha
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:13 PM #5
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some people just wanna spend money
Yeah, I think you just nailed it exactly...
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:15 PM #6
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I'll be having an Etha come in tomorrow, and I'll be using the shaft 4 on my Geo, Etek3 and the Etha
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:09 AM #7
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The Etha comes shipped with a .693 barrel.

There is a PE Etha barrel backs kit that have the .685 and .689
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:32 PM #8
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In many areas, a .693 is a ridiculously huge overbore. A smaller bore helps with shot consistency (and therefore accuracy) as well as gas efficiency.

If your paint is boring out over .689, the stock barrel should be fine. I haven't shot paint bigger than .685 in nearly two years though and use my Eigenbarrel almost exclusively.

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Also, cheaper guns tend to breed the desire to upgrade. People used to spend 3x what they spent on their Ion initially to basically replace everything with aftermarket parts (I even found EVERYTHING needed to make an ion from scratch with aftermarket parts here on PBN when I considered making one for a back-up/loaner)
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:54 PM #9
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I had my stock Etha barrel bored for Freak inserts. It is awesome now! I think, like said above, the large bore size is the main reason people want to upgrade their barrel.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:59 PM #10
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I have all three Etha barrel bores, .685, .689 and .693

I use the smallest bore barrel that the paint can still roll out. I don't believe in the blow out technique as paint can balloon as the temps go up later in the afternoon.

Over boring with a .693 when a .685 can be used just wastes valuable air.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:00 PM #11
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I had my stock Etha barrel bored for Freak inserts. It is awesome now! I think, like said above, the large bore size is the main reason people want to upgrade their barrel.
Who is doing these custom custom freak boring work?
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:01 AM #12
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:01 AM #13
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In many areas, a .693 is a ridiculously huge overbore. A smaller bore helps with shot consistency (and therefore accuracy) as well as gas efficiency.

If your paint is boring out over .689, the stock barrel should be fine. I haven't shot paint bigger than .685 in nearly two years though and use my Eigenbarrel almost exclusively.

*Edit*

Also, cheaper guns tend to breed the desire to upgrade. People used to spend 3x what they spent on their Ion initially to basically replace everything with aftermarket parts (I even found EVERYTHING needed to make an ion from scratch with aftermarket parts here on PBN when I considered making one for a back-up/loaner)
This. and the Edit.

Just get either an underbored barrel from lurker paintball, or a disruptive customs barrel kit. For the cost of boring you barrel for freaks and then buying the inserts, you could have, quite literally, one of the two best barrels ever produced.
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