Originally Posted by vijil
The best option on the horizon you've missed is hydrotec. Assuming they ever actually get started.
As much as I'm hoping for Hydrotec, I'm losing some faith in them getting off of the ground. I'm looking for alternatives in case that happens.
Originally Posted by Pump Scout
Other calibers have been tried. 55 was something PMI attempted several years ago, and there are 62 caliber markers out there - old ones. 68 may have been a mostly accidental size choice, but it wound up being just about perfect.
I'm a little unclear on how much further the paint prices really need to come down. Paint can be had just about anywhere at $40 a case. That's a very far cry from paint back in the day that was $125 a case for 2500 balls. That's the equivelant of a $100 case today, and adjusting for inflation, $163.50 per case pricing. So, paint has basically become a quarter of the price it used to be from 1992's prices.
If I remember right, 50 caliber could reach the same statistics as .68 if it had the right amount of mass. The problem was that there isn't anything with the proper mass that could be used that isn't toxic in some way or form. If that's truly the case, a larger caliber should be able to be able to achieve the proper mass to have the same or similar performance of .68.
The main selling points of 50 caliber are the ability to carry much more paint and have much higher air efficiency, the lower cost is simply an added benefit. I don't count it as a main factor by any means, though after reading my original post I can see how it seemed like I do. I haven't played paintball when the price of paint was half as high as it was in the 90's, but I am grateful for the lower prices.
I don't have much of an issue with .68, but if there is a better option out there, I think it's worth pursuing.