sticky powder

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by dmax1800, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. dmax1800

    dmax1800 Well-Known Member

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    I had to pull bullets from about 30 rounds because I found out that they had too much bullet runout (I just got a concentricity gauge). When I went to dump the powder on a lot, but not all, of them, the powder would not easily pour out. I had to tap the case on the side of the powder bottle to get it all out. They were loaded in September and have not been in a humid room since then. They also were not compressed loads.

    Why would the powder stick together and not dump out easily???

    Just curious.
     
  2. nddodd

    nddodd Well-Known Member

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    Were the loads compressed at all, even slightly? I've seen that a lot in loads that I had that were slightly compressed or more.

    Don't know if that was your case or not but I've seen it myself in the instance above.


    Nathan
     

  3. nddodd

    nddodd Well-Known Member

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    Duh, sorry didn't read all your post
     
  4. jimbires

    jimbires Well-Known Member

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    I took some apart that was loaded with H1000 . I had to dig the powder out of these with a small pocket screwdriver . I've never seen powder stuck in a case this bad . I don't know why .
     
  5. wc872

    wc872 Well-Known Member

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    I have a new barrel chambered in .284. It did not like the load (RL 22 & 180 JLK's) that the old barrel liked. I have a 1000 yard Match on Saturday so I thought I would just pull the bullets & re load the brass. Upon pulling the 180 JLK's I found that the charge of slightly compressed RL22 was stuck together. A few grains of powder would dump out but the rest has to be coaxed out with a scribe, twirl a Q-tip around & then visually inspect the case interior. Tapping the case mouth on the counter top did not dislodge powder kernels that were stuck to the side of the case. While I have never had this problem before I really don't remember whether I looked into the case interior with a flashlight before. Live & learn.