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This Paintballs Review page condenses players opinions on various brands of paint to help you select the best paintballs.

Your choice of paintball depends on the game you will be playing. If you are playing woodsball, you want paint that is strong enough to make it through tall grass if someone is lying down, yet break on your opponent.

The shell color should be visible after it leaves the gun so you can make firing adjustments, and the fill should be bright to contrast with the woods. A pink fill and bright shell might be the best choice for this. With a dark fill, your opponent might just wipe it off because nobody can see it.

One paintball that works well for one player and one marker setup, may not work for you or your marker setup. That said, some brands of paint still are better than others, as some get better reviews than others.

One way to figure out the best paintball for you is to buy 500 count boxes of half a dozen different ones, and see which break in your gun. Also check the accuracy, and see if they bounce or break on a target.

Some brands glow in the dark for night play. Others are made for colder weather. To discourage cheating, some brands of tournament grade paintballs are resistant to wiping off.

You can test your paintball using a bounce test that measures how fragile it is, and actually change its properties.

Tips for Buying Paintballs

Storing: To extend the shelf-life and to minimize breaks in your marker, prevent warping by storing the paint at room temperature, not in the trunk of your car. Paintballs absorb water causing them to warp, so keep them well wrapped in a dry place.

Don't buy the cheap paintballs; they will break in your gun, hopper, pod, or barrel.

If your gun has a sensor eye, don't buy black paint; it may not sense well.

• Paint that is hard to wipe is good for tournament use; cheaters can't wipe it off.

• The standard paintball size is .68 caliber; don't buy the wrong size for your gun.

Short List: All the brands with significant problems have been removed

Suggested Paintballs
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Recreational Grade Paintballs

Tournament Grade Paintballs

Diablo Formula 13 Paintballs Review

Diablo Formula 13
Street price: $55/2000
An excellent recreational paintball with no problems. Thin easy-to-wipe fill may make it unsuitable for tournament games.
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DraXxus Inferno Paintball Review




DraXxus Inferno
Street price: $70/2000
An excellent tournament paintball, breaks on the target, not in gun, hard to wipe fill, consistent, reliable, and accurate.
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PMI Premium Paintball Review
PMI Premium
Street price: $50/2000
A good lower cost recreational paintball, not suggested for tournament games. Reliable and accurate.
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RPS Marballizer Paintballs Review

RPS Marballizer
Street price: $70/2000
An excellent tournament paintball, hurts more when hit.
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Diablo Heat Paintballs Review
Diablo Heat
Street price: $50/2000
An excellent recreational paintball, decent accuracy, reliability, and a cheap price. For many, the thin fill is too easy to wipe, making it unsuitable for tournament games.
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DraXxus Hellfire Paintball Review

DraXxus Hellfire
Street price: $100/2000
An excellent tournament paintball, breaks at far distances, not in gun, doesn't bounce, bright thick fill impossible to wipe, accurate. For low pressure guns only.
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DraXxus Rec-Sport Paintballs Review

DraXxus Rec-Sport
Street price: $45/2000
At half the price of other paints, performance isn't all that bad. A good recreational paintball.
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DraXxus Blaze Paintballs Review

DraXxus Blaze
Street price: $60/2000
Accurate, consistent, doesn't wipe, breaks on target not in gun. A great paint but there are better. For recreational or tournament play.
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DraXxus Competitive Edge
Street price: $40/2000
A cheap paint with reasonable performance for practice or recreational play.
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DraXxus Arctic Inferno Paintball Review

DraXxus Arctic Inferno
Street price: $70/2000
A specialty paintball excellent for cold weather use, accurate, consistent, breaks on target and not in gun, hard to wipe and easy to see.
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All Paintballs Reviews

32 Degrees Competition
32 Degrees Playoff Series
32 Degrees Team Colors  ($60/2000)

Diablo Formula 13  ($55/2000)
Diablo Heat  ($50/2000)
Diablo Nightmare  ($50/2000)

DraXxus Arctic Inferno  ($70/2000)
     An excellent cold weather paint. Accurate, consistent, breaks on target not in gun, hard to wipe, easy to see.
DraXxus Blaze  ($60/2000)
     Accurate, consistent, doesn't wipe, breaks on target not in gun. A great paint but there are better. For recreational or tournament play.

DraXxus Competitive Edge  ($40/2000)
     A cheap paint with reasonable performance for practice or recreational play.
DraXxus Dusk  ($30/1000)
DraXxus Hellfire  ($100/2000)
DraXxus Inferno  ($70/2000)
     An excellent tournament paintball, breaks on target, not in gun, hard to wipe fill, consistent, reliable, and accurate.
DraXxus Midnight  ($55/2000)
     Excellent for most, poor for some. Usually good paint; see if it works for you.
DraXxus Rec-Sport  ($45/2000)
     At half the price of other paints, performance isn't all that bad. A good recreational paintball.

JT USA Elite  ($45/2000)

Patriot  ($15/500)

PMI Premium  ($48/2000)

RPS Marballizer  ($70/2000)

 

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