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Posted: 10/6/2003 1:40:59 PM EDT
So my aluminum free flote tube was getting hot and my Ace stock and I were having a disagreement. Solution? 550 cord. At least untill I save up for that SIR. Have to see what it feels like at the range.

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Link Posted: 10/6/2003 3:50:32 PM EDT
Ahhh... 550 cord! That stuff ranks right up there with Duct/100 MPH Tape and Bailing wire. You gotta' love it!
Link Posted: 10/6/2003 4:15:02 PM EDT
Its gonna melt.
Link Posted: 10/6/2003 9:26:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/6/2003 9:29:05 PM EDT by Green0]
"Its gonna melt." no way. That handguard getting too hot to touch is a 150-160 or so degree phenomenon, the 550 cord probably melts at closer to 450-550degrees. If he wrapped the barrel he would have been in trouble but the free float tube simply won't get hot enough before the gas tube blows up. [b]The part you attached to the fropnt sight block will melt (attach it to the sling swivel or double it back and attach it to itself )[/b]
Link Posted: 10/6/2003 9:33:37 PM EDT
I've had sling swivels get hot enough to burn on contact as well... Best to attach it to itself.
Link Posted: 10/6/2003 10:22:39 PM EDT
550 cord (parachute cord) is only polyester. It will become sticky at 350 degrees.
Link Posted: 10/7/2003 9:30:45 AM EDT
I can attest paracord does indeed [url=http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=118&t=171485]melt [/url]! As it was attached to the front sight post (see below), it gave no warning, the barrel was VERY hot, it just 'pulled' away. poof. Paracord can indeed melt away. [img]http://www.isayeret.com/weapons/assault/car15/2.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 10/7/2003 9:38:53 AM EDT
I am sure you guys are right and I should stay away from the barrel, gas block and swivel. I will test it and refine the wrapping if I like the material. Thanks for the input.
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