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would pooring water on barrel help cooling?

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hey i was just wondering if after a long stream of shots from a mini 14, would it help to poor a little bit of water on the barrel, or would that just cool it to fast and cause warpage/cracks in the barrel?
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It's not necessarily just the rapid cooling... but the rapid uneven cooling. As you cool a metal rapidly from the outside, the expansion / contraction can occur quicker then the induction of heat, causing internal stress. Enough stress from the metal expanding on one side and not on the other and the metal will bend / crack. If the snow is cold enough and the receiver is hot enough, it will probably do a number on your receiver.

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