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Old 01-14-2023, 05:03 PM   #11
Anthony
 
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Default Re: [Ultra Tech] Variable Solid Propellant Firearm

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Originally Posted by Fred Brackin View Post
That's been the conventional wisdom for a while but now that polymer-cased ammo has started being used one of the benefits seems to be that using a thermal insulator rather than a conductor sends more heat out the barrel and the gun runs cooler.
Makes sense. You could probably achieve the same thing with ceramics or laminates. You could also use a consumable case that absorbs heat as part of its decomposition -- that would cost you some energy, but it it might wind up a net positive.
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