So for about the last 24 months, I've had her on a serious diet. Now I am happy to
report that she lost nearly 13 ounces and is feeling so much better. And let me
say one thing, when I pick her up with one hand now she is light as a feather.
Well, almost a feather.
Things I have done so far:
OEM main tube was lightened by me.
Barrel is OEM and trimmed down by me.
Main tube plug is made of Delrin by me.
Gas cap is aluminum, comes from HPA and bored out by me.
Hammer is made from Delrin by me with a modified 1701P striker.
Valve is an aluminum Disco rear end with a brass Pro-Top by Anthony.
Trigger grip frame is aluminum by Bluefork Design and then hogged out by Gregg.
Front barrel band is aluminum, made by Anthony, drilled by Rich and milled by me.
Unlike steel, which normally will not become permanently stressed at load levels significantly below the threshold where some stretching begins to show up, even with many, many repetitions of the stress, aluminum has no such threshold, and can become fatigued by such repeated stress, even at levels lower than the point where permanent deformation would have occurred in virgin material.
Some common aluminum alloys, such as 6061 are more prone to this situation than say ... 7075, but the issue needs to be taken into account if many (thousands) of cycles that might approach the listed tensile limits are anticipated.
The T6 spec is a heat treat condition that gives much more strength due to an artificial aging effect. Part of this treatment is a soak at the quite low temp of around 325 degrees. I'm not expert at this, but suspect exposure to much higher temps might negatively affect the heat treat rating.
Not to say don't use aluminum, but just to say do the research and testing first.
This message has been edited by lhd from IP address 18.104.22.168 on Dec 1, 2011 11:50 AM
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