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Old November 25, 2009, 10:54 PM   #11
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the use of different grades of aluminum alloy used in the tubes yet.

The majority of commercial tubes are made from 6061. The "better" mil-spec dimension tubes (not the $20 ones) are made from 7075-T6.

Tensile strength of 6061 = 45000psi
Tensile strength of 7075-T6 = 83000psi

That is a substantial difference the way I see it.
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