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Static making powder flakes a mess

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by leadhead358, Jan 3, 2011.

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  1. leadhead358

    leadhead358 Member

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    I am having trouble with static making some the the powder flakes drop from the powder tube late and making a mess by the end of the day. The powder is not coming from the charge bar or anywhere else. I have seen to use a dryer sheet for the static. My question is where do you put it? On top of the powder in the powder tube? Is there any other way to get rid of the static? Thanks Tom
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    You can try grounding the reloader. HMB
     
  3. ntgr8

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    Spray with static guard
     
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    Tom

    I used to shoot with a guy that would take a dryer sheet and cut a strip about 1" wide from it. He then would roll or fold the strip small enough to run it down through the powder drop tube a couple of times before loading on his MEC. "Remove sheet before loading" I have never had a problem with static electricity causing a problem but my friend was concerned about the powder building up in the tube and then dropping a heavy charge. I would take it seriously if I had any powder sticking around where it didn't belong. The dryer sheet seemed to work for my friend. Hope it helps.

    Brian "Robbies Dad"
     
  5. halfmile

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    I hang a strip of the sheet in the powder bottle and use the little red cap to hold it. You just have to be a little dextrous when you fill it the first time.

    HM
     
  6. Quack Shot

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    A humidifier is about the best solution. If you "ground" a loader, be sure to put a 1 MegOhm 1/4 or 1/2 Watt resistor in series as a current limiting device for safety. Grounding a loader never seemed to do the trick for me. A simple humidifier has eliminated the issues for me. Static Guerd, Dryer Sheets, and products of that category, just don't seem to solve the problem that well.
     
  7. JRW

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    You just need some of the stike anywhere matches. They will help clean up the powder. LOL Jerry
     
  8. short shucker

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    Quack Shot is dead on the money. Humidify the air and your static problems are no more.

    ss
     
  9. Shooting Coach

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    I use the bottles used for shot to eliminate static. The dirtier the bottle, the better. Rotate bottles, new bottle for shot. When it gets stained, it will not have a static issue.
     
  10. Old Cowboy

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    I've "fixed" plastic powder funnels by wiping them inside and out with a dryer sheet, works like magic! You wouldn't be able to wipe the inside of a powder bottle but I wonder if it might work to just wipe down the outside of the bottle?

    John C. Saubak
     
  11. mrskeet410

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    Shooting Coach - Maybe that is why I never had a static problem.

    Old Cowboy - I can understand how wiping down the inside might help. Beats the heck out of me how wiping down the outside helps.

    Old Cowboy - have you ever considered warming the dryer sheet up a bit in the dryer before you wiped down the inside?
     
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    I have taken static sheets from my wife's laundry room and wrapped one around the bottle and used rubber bands to hold it on. Has worked for me that I keep my powder bottle's wrapped all the time. I don't know why, but it was with 700x.
     
  13. JerryP

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    leadvail , If you are wrapping the sheets around the outside of the bottle it is doing nothing. If it is working for you, you didn't have a problem in the first place. It was imaginary, same as all other "static problems."
     
  14. JerryP

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    creeker , Was their powder sticking to the phone?
     
  15. Bob Schultz

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    Wash out the bottles with dish soap & water, about a teaspoon to a quart or so of water, and don't rinse it off & just let it dry with a slight soap film. No more static.

    Bob
     
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    PS. Don't recommend the above for phones!

    Bob
     
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    Shooting coach is on the money with his solution. Same thing happened with me two days ago. I switched the bottles (used the shot bottle for powder). Seems that the coating on the inside of the bottle prevents the static.

    Dave
     
  18. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    JerryP:

    Last week I loaded two odd lots of heavy hunting shells. Powder and lead charges were individually hand measured and every reloading step was done in batches.

    Before seating wads, I noticed powder flakes clinging all over the inside of each hull. I tapped the hulls on my loading table but that didn't work. The flakes were knocked down but immediately jumped back up on the interior walls. So... I vigorously wiped the exterior of each hull with a Bounce dryer sheet.

    You and I both know static is an 'imaginary' issue, but a Bounce dryer sheet makes for a nice 'imaginary' solution.

    I think it's a placebo effect. It works because I told the hulls and powder that it SHOULD work. Anyway, the little powder flakes were happier in the bottom of the hulls when I got done.

    sissy
     
  19. Old Cowboy

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    mrskeet410,

    Something for you to ponder.........is the static just on the inside surface of the plastic powder bottle or is it IN the plastic?
     
  20. leadhead358

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    Thanks for the help guys, but I found out today it is not static but running the reloader cycles too quick. Dixie at Spolar called me and told me I was cycling the reloader too quick to slow down to 3 secounds when cycling that the powder is not done dropping when the drop tubes comes out of the hull. Thanks for all your help.
     
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