Static electricity

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by bradam, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. bradam

    bradam Member

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    Has anybody set up or feel the need for grounding a reloading press?
     
  2. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    I ground Everything. But I have seen people electrocuted.


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  3. therewolf

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    For static electricity, use dryer sheets.

    Grounding won't hurt, though.:)
     
  4. Oldgoat03

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    New to this forum but not to reloading. I too use dryer fabric softener sheets to stop static on my reloading equip. I learned to use them after they've been run through a dryer load. They still stop static on the press/powder measure and don't leave a residue like the unused sheets do.

    Hope this helps
    OG03
     
  5. Vikingdad

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    I have seen static electricity cause some dangerous situations, but never on reloading stuff. grounding everything might be over-precaution but it would not hurt. That having been said if grounding was even the slightest of safety issues it would be standard on every piece of reloading equipment on the planet.
     
  6. MisterMcCool

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  7. mseric

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    For what purpose? To eliminate "Static" cling or to protect against powder ignition?

    If it's ignition, watch this.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm6PEdBcQ6s[/ame]

    You may also want to read this.

    http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/sparks/sparks.html
     
  8. Steel_Talon

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    Confined primer dust and static electricity don't get along very well...:eek: I use dryer sheet to wipe things down regularly, dry desert summers and all that..
     
  9. bradam

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  10. bradam

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    Value for your money

    My cost breakdown: 6' ground wire (scrap) + 2' half inch rebar (scrap) + new clamp for wire to rebar .75 cents, labour free (me) = .75 cents total + Piece of mind= Priceless :)
     
  11. mseric

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    As you can see from the video, Ignition is not going to happen.
     
  12. therewolf

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    For me, it's not about ignition.

    The static charges make gunpowder stick to

    EVERYTHING.


    The funnel, the scoop, the scale, the brush, the charger, etc.

    Dryer sheets just eliminate powder from winding up everywhere

    it shouldn't be.
     
  13. orangello

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    BIG1, you need to PM Austin or one of the mods to advertise.



    One of our forumites worked for a ammo manufacturer and had a primer explosion that was due to static, IIRC.
     
  14. JonM

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    Actually it can if the conditions are right.

    Its exactly like a cigerrete and gasoline. You can pour a cup of gas abd drop in a cigerrete and it will go out. If the fumes hit a certain fume to air ratio a cigerrete will set off the same cup of gas. Get the right mix of dust powder whatever and flash boom your powder ignites.

    I would suggest reading about grain silos...

    That video is very bad information. Static can and will set off primers if conditions are right. That's how chainguns in aircraft ignite primers, electric charge.
     
  15. mseric

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    Powder does not release flammable vapors and it is certainly not a liquid.

    Got a link to show actual test results where an electrical charge ignited smokeless powder?
     
  16. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Did you see the mythbusters in which they ignited flour? edit* may have been sawdust
     
  17. bradam

    bradam Member

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    I read somewhere that primers could be ignited by static electricity, but it is a very rare occurrence. So what are the odds? :(
     
  18. orangello

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  19. rjd3282

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    As a former weapons tech in the Air Force the primers of which you speak Jon are quite different than primers used in small arms. They were designed to be ignited with electricity.
     
  20. bradam

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    Thanks for the link to that thread. I was going over my notes as I am close to completing my reloading room, bench, etc etc and I saw a note about grounding. I am not going to be handling anywhere that amount but have decided to ground my press.It may help and it may not but it certainly will not hurt. Thank you and everybody else whom have contributed to this forum. It is a great resource