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Posted: 7/2/2010 2:57:24 AM EDT
I have rifle size free floating tubes on my carbines.  After a just one magazine (1 shot every two seconds), the tube gets pretty hot.  It didn't help that it was about 100 degree outside either.

What can be done?  Wrap it with paracord?  Drill some vent holes at the top?
Link Posted: 7/2/2010 3:19:53 AM EDT
what kind of tube?  is it one of those hogue tubes or another unvented aluminum or steel tube?  those in particular get really hot quick.
Link Posted: 7/2/2010 3:43:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By southerncross:
what kind of tube?  is it one of those hogue tubes or another unvented aluminum or steel tube?  those in particular get really hot quick.


It's aluminum.  Sure got a lot hotter than my plastic one.  I just hate to put the plastic back on since free floating definately increase the cosistency of the rifle.

Link Posted: 7/2/2010 3:46:02 AM EDT
Carbon fiber.
Link Posted: 7/2/2010 4:54:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jungp:
I have rifle size free floating tubes on my carbines.  After a just one magazine (1 shot every two seconds), the tube gets pretty hot.  It didn't help that it was about 100 degree outside either.

What can be done?  Wrap it with paracord?  Drill some vent holes at the top?


This is what i did with my 2 ar's with aluminum free floats.  works great and if you take your time and wrap neatly, it looks pretty good too.
Link Posted: 7/2/2010 4:57:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jungp:
Originally Posted By southerncross:
what kind of tube?  is it one of those hogue tubes or another unvented aluminum or steel tube?  those in particular get really hot quick.


It's aluminum.  Sure got a lot hotter than my plastic one.  I just hate to put the plastic back on since free floating definately increase the cosistency of the rifle.



I think he might like a little more info than "aluminum" to help with your issue. What particular maker, model and length can all affect the way they dissapate heat.  

Link Posted: 7/2/2010 5:04:45 AM EDT
wear a glove.
machine in some cooling slots keep the top closed.

try a different brand.
My dpms tube gets hot faster than my jp unit.
Link Posted: 7/2/2010 5:35:28 AM EDT
pics would help since you're being vague with the details.
Link Posted: 7/2/2010 5:41:45 AM EDT
OP, how about a little more info...
Which one does your tube look like??

#1


or #2



If you have #1 you could have somebody machine in some cooling vents or replace it with something that is vented...
If you have something like #2, you can buy some rail covers.......

Link Posted: 7/23/2010 2:47:58 AM EDT
It looks like number one.
Link Posted: 7/23/2010 5:20:10 AM EDT
You need a FAL-style "Chicken Mitt", that's all!



The nonvented tubes get hot, no way around it.  A paracord wrap may help.
Link Posted: 7/23/2010 5:45:08 AM EDT

Nomex Gloves!
Link Posted: 7/23/2010 2:11:38 PM EDT
Wrap it or use gloves. Aluminum conducts heat much better than plastic.
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