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    I have used a LOT of the HF red. I am on my second pound, and there is very little that goes to waste.

    I do the coating in my garage with the big door open. As someone just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, I frequently deal with very high humidity.

    I have come to belive that it is not so much the humidity, as it is dampness.

    There is an easy cure for dampness. Preheat the boolits to 130 F to 150 F at the very beginning of the session.

    Before I tried preheating there were more than a few days where I had to put in much much much more than normal shaking to get even OK coverage. On one occasion, I rember bringing boolits from the house (say 68 F) in the garage on a very warm & humid day. I do not think I ever got good coverage even though I cooked them & used them anyway. On that day, the boolits were probably below the dewpoint and the dampness just killed the static. After say 5 minutes of shaking a batch, the boolits probably warmed up to above the dew point, but the moisture was now in the powder and messing with the build up of static.

    Now that I know about the pre-heat trick, I can get really good coverage with absolutely no extra shaking. Also, I have not needed to keep the boolits warm as I put batches through the tub. I just pre-warm the whole batch (typically around 500), then start the shake & stack phase one handfull at a time.

    I have had more than a few "problem" sessions and more than a few session where preheat was used to get fast and easy coverage in very humid conditions. This is not a hit or miss thing. I works and it makes sense.
    Last edited by P Flados; 05-24-2018 at 11:33 PM.

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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