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Guys,

If you subscribe to The Single Shot Exchange Magazine and had a chance to read the April issue, you’ve most likely read the article titled, Sensitivity to Black Powder to Static Discharge. If you don’t get the magazine and are interested in reading the article, you can access it by clicking on the following link:
http://www.texas-mac.com/Sensi...tatic_Discharge.html

Wayne


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Without reading it, I think there is no danger with static electricity and black powder.
 
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Guess I'd put it up there with cell phones igniting gas at the pumps. Wink Friction, on the other hand,

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Not even sure about friction; I know that a lighter flint will not ignite it. I made a roller igniter for a flintlock; doesn't work. The sparks are not hot enough to ignite 4fg.
 
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Graphite coated grains are resistant to ignition by sparks.. Powder dust present at the bottom of some cans would likely be another matter as even suspended flour dust at a flour mill can be ignited with a spark and produce an impressive explosion. A small cloud of powder dust, not intact grains, is the hazard.
 
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Wayne, thanks for this. It makes it seem rather silly that Lyman offers its powder measure with a non-plastic reservoir for use with black powder. Shouldn't we be more concerned with a powder measure shearing kernels of black, or is that a myth as well? Your experience hammering black powder to dust seems on point here.


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Graphite coated grains are resistant to ignition by sparks.. Powder dust present at the bottom of some cans would likely be another matter as even suspended flour dust at a flour mill can be ignited with a spark and produce an impressive explosion. A small cloud of powder dust, not intact grains, is the hazard.


Grind a little bit in a mortar and pestle, guaranteed fireworks. Wink

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Griz, is this one of those "don't ask me how I know" things?


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