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Old 02-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #11
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Many bicycle frames use an aluminum and magnesium alloy to increase strength and lower weight. Also if you got stuck and needed to start a fire you could file some off the frame and get a fire going.
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Magnesium has been used for many years by automotive wheel makers. By weight is stronger than AL.

Its also more expensive than AL. But it does have a very interesting property, magnesium is highly combustible. Albeit the tempuratue to ignite it very high, but still once you get it going..........
Haha. That's the first thing I thought before I bought it. A quick google search revealed that magnesium alloy is not combustible.
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Many bicycle frames use an aluminum and magnesium alloy to increase strength and lower weight. Also if you got stuck and needed to start a fire you could file some off the frame and get a fire going.
Exactly. I like for my equipment to be multi-purpose!
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magnesium alloy is not combustible.
Not true. Magnesium AND aluminum are both metal fuels used in the pyrotechnic industry. An alloy of the 2 also is a fuel. Either one makes some wicked compositions you DO NOT want to fool around with if you have no experience.

But, as an experiment, go buy one of those firestarters you scrape with a knife, file or scrape some off, and light it. Then, pour some water on it. Carefully, while standing back!
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Not true. Magnesium AND aluminum are both metal fuels used in the pyrotechnic industry. An alloy of the 2 also is a fuel. Either one makes some wicked compositions you DO NOT want to fool around with if you have no experience.

But, as an experiment, go buy one of those firestarters you scrape with a knife, file or scrape some off, and light it. Then, pour some water on it. Carefully, while standing back!
I have several of the magnesium fire starters. They certainly come in handy when going camping.

If my lower begins approaching the 1300* Fahrenheit mark, then I will be concerned. Hopefully by that point I will have already dropped it! Lol
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If my lower begins approaching the 1300* Fahrenheit mark, then I will be concerned. Hopefully by that point I will have already dropped it!
Oh, I would hope so! Although, I am not suggesting you have anything to worry about. I definitely would not mind having one of those lowers myself. But think about it......in an emergency, you could scrape some off, and start a fire! Maybe they should add a little for just this purpose, huh?
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On a small part like a lower, no weight reduction gain will be noticeable once on the whole riffle.

On a whole magnesium rifle, with a chrome steel lined mag barrel, that would be a serious weight loss.

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