The Best Barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom

Mind-Bending Curves & Impossibly Straight Shots

David McBryan, Paintballer-in-Chief

David McBryan
Paintballer-in-Chief
Updated: 11/21/20
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Looking to upgrade your Tippmann 98 Custom? (I hope so. Why else would you buy a marker with "Custom" in the name?) Let's talk barrels as we unveil the best barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom.

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The Tippmann 98 Custom is one of the most popular paintball guns of all-time.

Why?

  • It's affordable.
  • It's reliable.
  • It's customizable.

(That last one is right in the name.)

In this guide, I'll answer one simple question for 98 Custom owners like you:

What's the best barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom?

I'm glad you asked.

#1 Best Barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom

And the winner is...

The Empire Apex 2 Barrel System is the Best Barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom
The Empire Apex 2 Barrel System is the Best Barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom

Empire Apex 2 Barrel System

Best Barrel Upgrade for the Tippmann 98 Custom

Perfection, thy name is Apex.

The Empire Apex 2 Barrel System is the best aftermarket barrel upgrade for the Tippmann 98 Custom, and it isn't that close (maybe with one exception — our first runner-up below).

What makes the Apex 2 so great?

  • Comes in either 14" or 18" barrel lengths, though 14" is all you'll really ever need
  • Adjustable ramp switch gives you 9 levels to customize your curve and spin
  • Redesigned internal section for longer, flatter shots on top of those reality-bending curves
  • Easy, tool-less disassembly
  • Durable aluminum construction

The best criticism I've ever seen for the Apex 2? The adjustable ramp switch is too good and you might get carried away with fancy trick shots.

Case closed. This Tippmann 98 Custom Apex barrel is one of the best 98 Custom aftermarket parts, period.

2 Runners-Up for Best 98 Custom Barrel

The Empire Apex 2 isn't the only worthy contender. These two Tippmann 98 Custom barrel upgrades will make a huge difference too.

Tippmann Model 98 Platinum Flatline Barrel is a great upgrade for the Tippmann 98 Custom
Tippmann Model 98 Platinum Flatline Barrel is a great upgrade for the Tippmann 98 Custom

Tippmann Model 98 Platinum Flatline Barrel

Runner-Up 1, All-Around Play

Designed for range and accuracy, the Tippmann Model 98 Platinum Flatline Barrel is designed for the Tippmann 98 Custom and Tippmann 98 Custom Pro. It's different than the Flatline Barrel upgrade for the A5, which also made our list of the best barrels for the Tippmann A5.

The Flatline works by increasing backspin on your paint, which increases your range by 30 feet or more compared to the stock 98 Custom barrel and other lower-quality 98 Custom aftermarket barrels. The Flatline doesn't quite have the range or trick shot prowess of the Empire Apex 2 Barrel System, but that's why I picked the Apex for best Tippmann 98 Custom barrel.

The Tippmann 16" Sniper Barrel is a great upgrade for the Tippmann 98 Custom
The Tippmann 16" Sniper Barrel is a great upgrade for the Tippmann 98 Custom

Tippmann 16" Sniper Barrel

Runner-Up 2, Sniping

The best Tippmann 98 Custom long barrel, the 16" Tippmann Sniper upgrade gives you better accuracy downrange thanks to its high-polish, smoothed-out inner bore and channeled muzzle porting, the latter of which also reduces sound for improved stealth.

Note that the Tippmann 16" Sniper Barrel for the 98 Custom isn't the longest 98 Custom barrel — the Empire Apex 2 has an 18" barrel system as well — but you won't see much (or any) improved accuracy with a 2" longer barrel.

What's the Best Barrel for the Tippmann 98 Custom?

Let's see the rundown one more time:

Now go forth and paint the competition!

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