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    Arrow I haven't seen this one before

    Fellows, I've been using a small plastic funnel for about three years. The other day the powder started sticking to the sides of the funnel big time. I tried cleaning it with Dawn dish soap to no avail, it's sticking as bad as ever. Anybody got any hints about this, what do you use ?

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    Low humidity and more static? Rub it with a drier sheet?

    Or if you think the sticking is due to a residue try a drop of car polish and rub it in good. Then remove EVERY trace of it with multiple clean cloths.

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    What delkal said, probably static.

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    Humidity in the house is lower, static is building up. Wipe the OUTSIDE of the funnel with a dryer sheet, or invest in small metal funnels from a kitchen supply store or online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah_Zark View Post
    Humidity in the house is lower, static is building up. Wipe the OUTSIDE of the funnel with a dryer sheet, or invest in small metal funnels from a kitchen supply store or online.

    Noah
    Just a question, if there's a chance of static build up, shouldn't things be grounded?
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    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    Just a question, if there's a chance of static build up, shouldn't things be grounded?
    Ideally, yes, in an ESD sense as one would when working on electronics. However, practicality dictates in a reloading situation that because of the difference in capacitance in different materials in a given situation with given environmental conditions, grounding is not required and static charge dissipates through the path of least resistance over the surface of objects in its path to ground. When the humidity is at or below a certain %RH (which varies), it can be more dependent on the clothing worn by the person reloading and handling the plastic funnel, where the dry clothing fabrics are constantly supplying charge to the plastic funnel. Raising humidity or changing clothes to all cotton can make all the difference.

    Wiping the exterior of polymer funnels and powder reservoirs with a dryer sheet dissipates charge quickly and powder doesn't cling. Using stainless or aluminum powder funnels eliminates the need for dryer sheets because charge tends not to build in the metal because it dissipates too quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah_Zark View Post
    Ideally, yes, in an ESD sense as one would when working on electronics. However, practicality dictates in a reloading situation that because of the difference in capacitance in different materials in a given situation with given environmental conditions, grounding is not required and static charge dissipates through the path of least resistance over the surface of objects in its path to ground. When the humidity is at or below a certain %RH (which varies), it can be more dependent on the clothing worn by the person reloading and handling the plastic funnel, where the dry clothing fabrics are constantly supplying charge to the plastic funnel. Raising humidity or changing clothes to all cotton can make all the difference.

    Wiping the exterior of polymer funnels and powder reservoirs with a dryer sheet dissipates charge quickly and powder doesn't cling. Using stainless or aluminum powder funnels eliminates the need for dryer sheets because charge tends not to build in the metal because it dissipates too quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyj View Post
    Fellows, I've been using a small plastic funnel for about three years. The other day the powder started sticking to the sides of the funnel big time. I tried cleaning it with Dawn dish soap to no avail, it's sticking as bad as ever. Anybody got any hints about this, what do you use ?
    Buy another funnel? Unless you some kind of sentimental attachment to it.

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    Use a USED dryer sheet.

    And don't use plastic funnels and hoppers with black powder.

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    Static. Wear jeans or cotton flannel instead of anything fleece, and kick off your crocs with the fur for flannel lined leather slippers instead. Yes, your clothing makes a huge difference this time of year.

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