The "Best barrel" for the dam.

If I had a nickel for every time I've read this question on the Dam Owners Group page on facebook, I'd be able to afford another Dam?

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The truth is, and I'm only going to say this once...

There is no best barrel.

And while we're on the topic of only saying things once, I'm also going to say this...

Your barrel, your mags, your shot consistency, your overall marker performance are only as good as the paint you put through it.

And since I'm in this topic I'm also going to go as far as saying, and yes I'll say it once as well...

There is no best paint. Your paint, regardless of brand, is only as good as how its stored. So your GI 3 star, your graffiti, your marbellizer, your DYE tournament grade paint is only as good as its stored prior to - and after - you purchasing it. So if its been on the shelf for a year, in a hot warehouse, and never rotated, you're gonna have a bad day.

So now that we got that out of the way with, lets get to talking about barrels.

Below I am going to discuss the various types of barrel options for the Dye Dam (Or any auto cocker related marker for that matter, but I will make specific notes on how they interact with the shroud and barrel carrier)

The Dye UL Stock Barrel

The Dye Ultralite barrel has been the staple barrel of Dye Precision for over 10 years. Dye created this barrel to give players the best accuracy as well as consistency. The Dye Barrel is a two piece design consisting of a barrel back and a barrel front. The Dye barrel back is a standard 688 consistent bore which is about 6.5 inches long. The Dye barrel front comes in a variety of lengths and is heavily ported to improve your accuracy.

-Ans Gear Website

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The Dye UL Barrel System

This is an excellent barrel system for regular paint, it has the ability to shoot first strike rounds, however because its lacking riffling it will not provide the necessary spin on the round to maintain accuracy and distance that First strikes require.  With that being said, I would strongly suggest using this for regular paint only with the occasional emergency mag of first strike use.

It's generous porting makes for a fairly quiet and consistent shot. Like any ported barrel, you will need to tape up the porting holes when playing in rain to prevent gunking and curving shots.

The only disadvantage to this barrel system for Dye Dam users is that the threading for the 2 piece goes in the same direction as the barrel to the barrel block, so when you try and remove your barrel (While using the shroud), the barrel back sometimes gets stuck inside the marker.

The barrels have the ability to swap backs and bore match paint, but this comes at a slightly higher cost in comparison to other barrel systems. For example the Dye UL barrel Kit system shown below comes with;

1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Front - 14" or 16"
1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Back .684 - Dust Black - Autococker Threaded
1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Back .688 - Dust Black - Autococker Threaded
1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Back .692 - Dust Black - Autococker Threaded
1 - Dye Boom Box Barrel Case

At a cost of $249.75 USD

Should you want a specific anodized color to match your marker, you will be looking at a cost of approximately $325 USD for the same set.

The average individual cost per back bore for this system is between $80USD (for Dyecam and Anno Colours) and $60USD for basic black.

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The Dye UL Front Barrel Pieces - Only major difference is length, they come in different sizes. Vary in size from 5 inches to 9 inches

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Dye UL barrel backs

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Dye UL Barrel Kit (Image from ANS GEAR.com)

 

The Super Freak Barrel System

The Empire Super Freak Paintball Barrel Kit its a three-piece barrel consisting of a front section (tip), a back section (back) and five sized, aluminum inserts.  The inserts are used to match the size of the paintball to the barrel to create the most accurate and consistent barrel system available. All of the Super Freak's parts come with a deluxe storage bag that you can put into your gear bag and keep things organized.

The threaded sections of the Super Freak have an o-ring to prevent the barrel from vibrating loose when fired.   There are also two o-rings within the barrel back to keep the insert from sliding out of the barrel.

-Badlands Paintball Canada

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The Empire (was smart parts) Freak Barrel System - 2 Piece

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The Empire (Was Smart Parts) Inline 1 piece barrel system

This is an excellent alternative to the stock barrel system. This smooth bore barrel system also has the ability to shoot first strike rounds, however because its lacking riffling it will not provide the necessary spin on the round to maintain accuracy and distance that First strikes require.  With that being said, I would strongly suggest using this for regular paint only with the occasional emergency mag of first strike use.

It's generous porting makes for a fairly quiet and consistent shot. Like any ported barrel, you will need to tape up the porting holes when playing in rain to prevent gunking and curving shots.

The freak barrel system has the ability to bore match via their interchangeable inserts , and they are much less expensive in comparison to their immediate competition.

This barrel system comes in both one piece - and two piece barrel systems (Front and back). The immediate advantage to the one piece barrel system for all Dye Dam users is that the 1 piece system will NEVER come undone while removing your barrel for cleaning on the field. It will never leave you with your barrel back stuck in your shroud.

The Super Freak barrel kit system includes the following;

1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Front - 14" or 16"
1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Back .684 - Dust Black - Autococker Threaded
1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Back .688 - Dust Black - Autococker Threaded
1 - Dye Ultralite Barrel Back .692 - Dust Black - Autococker Threaded
1 - Dye Boom Box Barrel Case

At a cost of $150 USD

Should you want a specific anodized color to match your marker, you will be looking at a cost of approximately $40 USD for either the front or back barrel piece, and black pieces go for $35.

The average individual cost per back bore for this system is between $10-15USD

Freak Inserts

SUPER FREAK KIT 4 SUPER FREAK KIT 3


The Apex Barrel System

The Dye Ultralite barrel has been the staple barrel of Dye Precision for over 10 years. Dye created this barrel to give players the best accuracy as well as consistency. The Dye Barrel is a two piece design consisting of a barrel back and a barrel front. The Dye barrel back is a standard 688 consistent bore which is about 6.5 inches long. The Dye barrel front comes in a variety of lengths and is heavily ported to improve your accuracy.

-Ans Gear Website

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The Apex Barrel System (A5 Threading showed)

This barrel system only works with round regular paint.

The apex barrel system can be purchased as an entire barrel, or as a barrel adaptor tip (If your barrel has an apex compatible tip.

This barrel system is viewed by some to be a little gimmicky, and by others an aesthetic upgrade, as its often used as a mock silencer. When used correctly, it can be an excellent tactical advantage against opponents, but if used with thin/softs shelled/overly brittle paint, you could end up having a bad gooey day.

The Apex Barrel System kit does not have the ability to bore match, however, there's good news out there if you are a freak barrel user, as Empire sells an Apex front barrel for your freak kit.

Apex systems range in price depending on model, for example;

Apex Barrel Tip ONLY : $35 USD
Apex AC Threaded 14" barrel : $45 USD
Apex AC Threaded 18" barrel: $49 USD

Should you want a specific anodized color to match your marker, you're out of luck, as they only come in black, but fret not, as you can hydro dip/annodize these suckers to your hearts content.

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Dye Dam with an Apex Barrel System

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The Lapco FSR Rifled Barrel

The Lapco FSR Rifled Barrel is the final answer in First Strike specific barrels. Specifically designed for use with First Strike rounds, the FSR Rifled Barrel will give your marker the ultimate sniper edge. Lapco designed this barrel in conjunction with Tiberius to be the most accurate and consistent barrel for First Strike rounds. This barrel does NOT come with a tip.

•0.683 bore size is the perfect size for First Strike round
•Rifled to increase accuracy and promote in flight stability of the round
•Lapco BigShot Assault threaded tip
•Made by LAPCO in the USA!

-Hustle PB Website

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Auto Cocker Threaded Lapco FSR Rifled Barrel

This is one of the best barrel systems for First Strike. IT WILL NOT WORK WITH REGULAR PAINT because the riffling in this barrel will shred regular paintballs. As noted above, Lapco worked alongside Tiberius in designing this barrel, and therefore has some of the best accuracy out there. With that being said, many have noticed that over time the consistency and overall size of the FSR rounds has fluctuated since this barrel was released in late 2013. This might mean a slight deviation in the barrels original capacity to provide the best possible results.

It's very tight boring gives the first strike round no choice but to spin down the rifled barrel and exit with the rounds intended amount of effective revolutions to ensure maximum shot length, and accuracy. This, as a result, leaves behind a slight residue in the barrel, and should be vigorously swabbed out every 50 or so shots to ensure a smooth consistent shot.

The only disadvantage to this barrel system is that when it is used in extreme cold, the barrel metal contracts and the 0.683 bore becomes much tighter, which in some cases causes the round to get stuck within the barrel.

This barrel system is made for various types of marker threads, but they are very similar in price;

The LAPCO FSR AC threaded barrel costs approximately $85 USD

The HammerHead - Sharks Tooth barrel system

The Hammerhead Shark Tooth is great for close quarter combat or for the budget conscious player looking to maximize performance at a low cost.

The Hammerhead Shark Tooth is an 8.5" gun drilled and rifled shorty barrel, and features a light defusing finish to eliminate reflective glare, as well as a removable .688 Fin (ball sizer) for optimal paint to barrel match. Other Fins can be purchased separately.

Hammerhead Shark Tooth Features:

  • Durable Aluminum Construction
  • 8.5" Length
  • Rifled for accuracy
  • Compatible with any Hammerhead Barrel Fin

-Hustle PB Website

LAPCOFSR

Auto Cocker Threaded Lapco FSR Rifled Barrel

This is one of the better barrel systems for First Strike, as it will work with BOTH First Strikes as well as Regular Paintballs. The rifling channels in this barrel system aren't deep enough to damage regular paintballs, but are just deep enough to provide the right amount of grip and spin for first strikes to be effective. This system has the ability to size their barrels using their "Fins" sizers.

This barrel system can be used in extreme cold with first strikes, as its rifled bore isnt as tight as the Lapco FSR, it will not choke on the rounds.

This barrel system is made for various types of marker threads, but they are very similar in price;

The Hammerhead Rifled Sharkstooth barrel Costs approximately $60 USD

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