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Old 05-14-2014, 04:24 PM #1
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Is it True? Balls getting smaller?

I heard that paint companies are beginning to lower the diameter of their paintball to save money. Less material = less costs. Anyone confirm this?

I am asking because if I am going to get a barrel kit, I want to get sizes that have a larger range in the small sizes if the paint is going to be getting smaller over the next few years. Pretty much is .690 out of date and only good for hot days when the paint has expanded?

Average size of paint now .684?
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:32 PM #2
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You go to TCP? Assuming that you mainly play at the MI fields, (at least for me) the paint has been consistently being between .680-.684 for me for like the last three years, occasionally being as big as .686 and often can sometimes be as low as .677
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:38 PM #3
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It is true that paint has gotten smaller however it still depends a lot on the paint you get and where you live. In real hot and humid areas something around .689 size is still pretty handy to have in your kit however I would say paint around the .685 range and smaller is still a bit more common. There are however weird cases where you an get some very large sized paint so its not a bad idea to have a good spread of bore sizes. I remember hearing about very large paint at one of the PSP events last year where people were scrambling to purchase large bore barrels.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:11 PM #4
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You go to TCP? Assuming that you mainly play at the MI fields, (at least for me) the paint has been consistently being between .680-.684 for me for like the last three years, occasionally being as big as .686 and often can sometimes be as low as .677
Yeah I do, mainly GR and Lansing. Okay thanks. I'll prob grab a UL or Empire Super Freak kit.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:20 PM #5
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:01 AM #6
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I heard that paint companies are beginning to lower the diameter of their paintball to save money. Less material = less costs. Anyone confirm this?

I am asking because if I am going to get a barrel kit, I want to get sizes that have a larger range in the small sizes if the paint is going to be getting smaller over the next few years. Pretty much is .690 out of date and only good for hot days when the paint has expanded?

Average size of paint now .684?
A lot of paint sizing has a lot to do with storage practices.

While paint is usually produced around .684-.689; the variances in temperatures and humidity during travel, and at the facility can impact the paint size drastically.

Cold paint shrinks, warm paint swells. Virgin shell is more vulnerable than non. Getting a good range in bore is a good idea if you're above the Mason-Dixon. Different seasons and daily temps can make paint change as much as .01 in diameter in as little as an hour.
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I have a full freak kit and only bring the smaller half to the field. That being said this is the first year I have used the Freak so I have not experienced the hellish humidity of Delaware summer with it yet. I may need to add a couple more sizes to my gear bag in a month or two, but I very much doubt I will use the largest third or fourth of the kit.
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My .678 barrel gets used on all but the hottest and most humid days.
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