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Old Yesterday, 10:45 PM #1
Join Date: Jul 2014
Good 14" barrel and questions

Hi, I have a Etek 3 with autococker thread, just wondering what barrel I should get that fits around 30$ that is 14 inches. Also the question is what do Bohr sizes do when shooting the gun, like what's the difference of having a big and small Bohr size. Also what 12,14,16 inch barrels are used for. What does a shorter/ longer barrel achieve. Thanks!!
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Old Yesterday, 11:27 PM #2
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Location: Stavanger, Norway
Good question!

The reply I usually give around the shop for this is that a lot of it is preference based. The longer your barrel is, or the tighter the bore, is not really going to affect your accuracy. Your best bet for the most accurate shot is purely on the quality of your paintballs and how clean your barrel is.

Different lengths are used for different things, but the most common is longer barrels can be easier to point, and manipulate airbunkers with, while shorter barrels allow you to stay more compact in an environment that may not have air bunkers. Shorter barrels also usually tend to be louder when shooting your marker.

Bore sizing your paint, and having a different selection of bores is to match up with the size of the paintballs. If you are using an older closed bolt operated marker(where the bolt closes on the paintball, chambering it in the barrel itself at rest) it is quite necessary to perfectly match the bore of the paint to the barrel so the ball doesnt roll out the front end. Bore sizing your paint can also give you greater efficiency as you are not using as much air to propel the ball out the barrel. Less of it escapes around the ball, and you can notice this while shooting over the chronograph when adjusting your markers velocity.

A good barrel I would recommend around that price would be the Eigen Barrel or Lurker Barrel from Lurker Paintball. Very quiet, small bores to match most of todays smaller paint sizes, and cost friendly.

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^Lots of good information there. The lurker barrel is a really good choice because you can start with the .684 bore and then add the other backs as you need them (I recommend starting with the .684 because thats where the average paint size seems to be in this day and age).

Another good cheap option that I've always liked are the CP barrels. The Lurker barrel will probably beat it in performance but aesthetically the CP barrels come in like 10 different colors as opposed to the flat black and gloss black options lurker offers, if that makes a difference to you.
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