Hi all you experienced Gun builders out there,
Wondering if anyone has an opinion on using ABS plastic as a suitable material for enclosed tracks. Ive been toying around with the idea for a while but havent brought myself to test it out yet.
Reasons I believe it may be a good material for tracks are;
1) relatively cheap material to buy in sheets blocks or strips
2) relatively good adhesion to wood using epoxy (as compared to acetal, nylon, uhmw, hdpe, etc..
3) good machinability
4) very good impact strength as well as tensile strength
I realize many will think "Why not use epoxy, graphite, chopped fiberglass etc...?", or "just rout a wooden enclosed track"
While I do see these as the industry standard of enclosed track materials, I'd like to try something different.
Also I feel like I'm just pouring money down the drain whenever i pour an epoxy track that I will rout 60% of the material from it anyway.
Also, chopped fibers EAT jointer, planer and router bit cutters.
Id love to hear your opinions,