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What do you do to prevent/control of static electricity during your reloading??

I notice that when I pull a shell out to weigh the powder, there are a fair amount of grains that stick to the interior sides of the hull ; and , when I go to dump the powder into the scale pan, some grains actually fly up and attach to the outside of the hull. I notice it mostly in winter--dry air.

But...if anyone has a solution, I'd sure like to know it. Thanks. Tom B
 

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I raised the humidity level on my furnace and it eliminated all static problems i had. I turn it off in the spring/summer/fall because i never have issue those times of year. Winter gets dry and static is building everywhere.

I run almost 50% humidity. In the summer our outside humidity is 70,80,90's.
 

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Buy a small humidifier for your reloading room. Keep the humidity between 40% and 50%. This will solve the static problem. I add one gallon of water per day in the Winter months to my 24' x 36' shop.

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I stick a 1"x 3" strip of Bounce in the top of my powder bottle. It is held in place by the red bottle cap with about 2 1/2" inside the cap.

This is in my Bullet Barn (12'x16') with no humidifier in the winter. (temps lows range 18-35 winter). I have zero problems with powder sticking to anything when I pull a hull to test weigh it.
 

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I've said this before somewhere:

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 Guard, Dryer Sheets, and products of that category, just don't seem to solve the problem that well.
 

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Buy a can of 'static guard'. Put the hulls that you are going to reload for the day into a bag or bin and then spray them with static guard and close the bag/bin and shake them a bit. Seems to work for me.

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"I notice that when I pull a shell out to weigh the powder, there are a fair amount of grains that stick to the interior sides of the hull ; and , when I go to dump the powder into the scale pan, some grains actually fly up and attach to the outside of the hull."

How often do you do this? How often have you found the weight to be incorrect? It's just one of the (fun) parts of reloading. Relax.
 

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I have a humidifier in my house and have never been bothered with static electricity. My humidity stays around 55% in the winter. (I don't run the humidifier in the summer usually).
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<blockquote><I>"...i zero up my scale with a empty hull as the pan,so i dont have to dump the powder out-works great.</i></blockquote>...except that is can be more than a 2 grain difference between hulls (I've tried this with 10 primed Remington and 10 primed Winchester hulls, all once fired).

How can you get accurate powder weights if the hulls don't weigh the same??

MK
 

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With a dehumidifier running in the room outside my loading room door the hygrometer in my loading room runs between 39% and 44%. Never any higher or lower. I load in the basement of our house. I have some kind of man made fiber carpet on the floor and my stool has a vinyl cover. I can say I have never had a problem with static in my loading systems. Just lucky. Paul in Nebraska.
 

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Thanks Guys for all your responses ! I think as twopipe said that the static is mostly in the hulls. I remember way back when I loaded the ALL AMERICAN hull by Remington, there was no static in them. I'm going to try the static cling sheets and roll the hulls in a bag with the sheets before I load.
 

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"...i zero up my scale with a empty hull as the pan,so i dont have to dump the powder out-works great.
...except that is can be more than a 2 grain difference between hulls (I've tried this with 10 primed Remington and 10 primed Winchester hulls, all once fired).
How can you get accurate powder weights if the hulls don't weigh the same??

MK

If you zero the scale with the hull on it, then it doesn't matter what the hull weighs, whether it is 2 ounces or 2 pounds.
 

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1100 nut has the answer. If you ground the bench or area where you work, everything there will be grounded. You should ground anyway because your of the powder anyway. Just a lamp wire or something as simple as a telephone wire from the loader to a screw on the cover of an outlet will suffice. It doesn't have to be elaborate. A dry area is what you want to have to load in. The dryer sheet works, but it soesn't relieve the area of static electricity.
 

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Unknown1-use the same hull-duh? I dont keep checking as i go-i check to see if the drop is what its supposed to be,then i reload.
 
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