So I bought a used Victor 2 for my nephew's first gun. I gassed it up and gave it a whirl and dang near went deaf. You'd think I was shooting a 30-06.
How much quieter can I get this with a non-stock barrel? I don't want it whisper-quiet like my Phantom, but I would like to make it so it could be used without wearing ear plugs with ear covers *over* them.
Any specific barrel quieter than the next? I'm not looking at buying a $100 barrel for this, but any info would be appreciated!
They shouldn't be anywhere near as loud as a 30-06 stock. Is it the stock barrel that came with it?
Making it low pressure and getting a barrel that's a little longer and has less porting will make it quieter (Don't go over 14 inches though). Like opteron said, a JJ ceramic is a great barrel for the price, and they're pretty easy to find. Making it low pressure is kind of expensive and not really worth it on a victor. If you want a low pressure spyder, they can be had for way less than $100 used if you look hard enough. Look for an RS, RSX, VS2, VS3, electra 08 or newer.
Waiting for warmer temperatures...
More than 14" and you'll be losing efficiency. There will be more drag on the paintball to go the extra distance, thus you'll have to raise your velocity to compensate. Not worth it... and even if efficiency wasn't a problem the barrel size will get in the way when trying to play. I personally like 12" barrels.