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  • Trbo323
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    Originally posted by Cdn_Cuda View Post
    Basically there’s a huge used market for Freak barrels so sales dropped, so they launched the Freak XL so people would buy it instead of the old Freak.
    I don't think this is entirely true. Don't get me wrong, I think the Gardner brothers are money sucking scum and this is part of it but remember when this was released, the whole industry was already moving towards longer backs. J&j edge, evil pipe, empire... Whatever it's called, dye ul, and basically every upper tier marker that came with a small kit, they were all around 7"or longer backs. Stella released their kit and I think that's around when the g brothers got on board with the idea. The only real difference is the freak is a insert rather than a whole back

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  • gabe
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    Yeah, if it's that bad I just take the insert out and swab the back and front separately and then the insert as well. Just basically clean it thoroughly in the staging area. But really, I can't remember a time when that's been necessary. Usually a good straight swab gets it shooting fine again.

  • Chuck E Ducky
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    Really you have never had paint get in around the freak insert. After a break I feel like then never shoot straight after that. You have to take the barrel off clean the insert. Then swab the barrel where the insert goes in. They never shoot the same without completely breaking them down and cleaning. I love my freak inserts to. I got all kids of things bored for them. But they never shoot clean after a break. I try and shot the best paint I can and try not to break paint but sometimes it happens especially around this time when summer paint and winter paint is transitioning. Summer stuff can get super brittle breaks happen.

  • Brokeass_baller
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    I've been using a Freak since 2004ish and I've never had that problem. I use an XL now because of Tom Kaye mostly. Lol.

  • gabe
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    Never had much of a problem with that. Usually the paint will ooze out into the tip which is just a massive oversize so the paint doesn't really touch it. Obviously a one piece is better but at the same time I'd prefer the ability to accurately bore match with a Freak. TBH I've been the most happy with my Stella and Shaft barrels.

  • Chuck E Ducky
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    That’s the down side to freak inserts. One broken ball and paint will weep out that insert I don’t care how many times you swab it. You got to pull the insert and clean the inside and outside that insert. You want to shoot straight out of it. That’s where one piece really shine.

  • gabe
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    IDK guys, there really is a difference with same paint, similar guns, same day. The XL just doesn't hook shots as much as the regular freak. Not just marketing hype IMO.

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  • Cdn_Cuda
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    Basically there’s a huge used market for Freak barrels so sales dropped, so they launched the Freak XL so people would buy it instead of the old Freak.

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  • Chuck E Ducky
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    People get so hung up on what barrels better then another. The performance difference in a barrel especially any decent barrel is more then negated and well within the consistency and quality differences seen in paint. It’s your money to spend just don’t expect to notice your 3 FPS boost actually playing paintball.







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  • gabe
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    Hate to say it but there's a marked difference between my regular Freak and my buddy's freak XL both on autocockers. The XL wins hands down for better accuracy. Everybody is going to the XL because you get less hook shots.

    Doesn't always have to be based on backyard science if it just works. Bunch of armchair engineers up in here trying to figure out why a little gel ball does different things based on another 1.5" of barrel.

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  • Brokeass_baller
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    Here's Tom Kaye's write-up about effective barrel length and it's impact on paintball acceleration.

    https://www.automags.org/forums/show...ncy-Tech-Tip-1

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  • Brokeass_baller
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    Came here just to say this. There used to be a section on AO dedicated to Tom's Tech Tips, but I can't find it anymore. But I did manage to find Tom's original post about it, so here's that.

    https://www.automags.org/forums/show...ncy-Tech-Tip-1

  • Hellion360
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    agree to agree LOL

  • Trbo323
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    Originally posted by Trbo323 View Post

    Now granted, most of the difference you will see is going to be efficiency.


    Originally posted by Hellion360 View Post

    To some extent this is true.
    But the difference between 6 and 8 is imperceptible and mostly related to efficiency.
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    >_>

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  • Hellion360
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    Originally posted by Trbo323 View Post



    There's this smart guy named Tom Kaye that would disagree with you on this.

    According to him, a 8-10 inch "effective length" (aka, control bore) is what's the best for paintball. And yes, he did testing to come up with these numbers

    Now granted, most of the difference you will see is going to be efficiency.

    I do find it funny how Tom basically did all this testing in the 90s and 00s, released all his findings and it's taken the rest of the industry 20 years to figure out here was right

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    To some extent this is true.
    But the difference between 6 and 8 is imperceptible and mostly related to efficiency.

    If you have a full freak set don't bother getting a freak XL set. I just picked up a marker that has a matched barrel bored for freak XL inserts and I was annoyed about it. (Not annoyed enough to not buy it, but nonetheless.) Ruined a perfectly good barrel tip.

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