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Old 02-07-2009, 07:29 PM
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Reloading In The Rain-Humidity

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Since I have my equipment in my storage building/shop (uninsulated metal building) with no climate control is it a bad idea to prime and/or powder charge the cases in weather like this? I would finish the rounds as I went. I will have time to work on them in the morning and the next few days but the weather is going to be damp. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:38 PM
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Gun powder is hygroscopic. It loves moisture and needs to be stored in a sealed container. Remove only what you immediately need and load it all during one session. Storage in a metal building raises another concern. Exposure of your powder to moisture will degrade it. You will be able to detect this with your nose by a change in the smell of the powder. BUT.....if your powder gets very warm and the cools cycling through this kind of changes many times, it will tend to become sensitive. Avoid high temperatures if at all possible.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:10 AM
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I store my primers and powder in the house. I just didn't know if you reloaded in higher humidity or a rain storm without climate control if you were asking for dud ammo or if it wouldn't have any effect on the finished product.
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