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Hope someone has figured this one out.  I have a Midway powder measure and I have trouble getting all of the powder out when I'm done or need to change powders, it sticks to metal below the clear hopper.  I've tried using a dryer sheet rubbed on the parts with poor results.  Any suggestions?  Does anyone else use such a measure? So far I am quit pleased w/ it's performance except the static cling.  Have only used W296 and W231 powders in it, haven't tried rifle powders to see if the stick as much.  
 

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Hi, Jeff:
  A Zerostat works, if you can find one. It's a pistol shaped device that discharges ions when you squeeze the trigger. They were sold at record shops for removing static charges from LP records. I have no idea if they're still available, but mine has a permanent place on my bench.

  Some people suggest that running a ground wire works, but I haven't tried it. Your measure might have some anti-rust treatment (dried oil, etc.) on the metal. Try cleaning it with acetone.

  Flake powders like 700-X are bad for static cling, but the tubular ones like 4350 are better.

  Low humidity, like we have in winter, creates static problems that can drive both balance beam and electronic scales nuts. If you get zapped every time you touch a light switch, expect trouble.

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Disassemle the entire shebang...go to the kitchen sink...get ..get one of your wife's stainless steel bowls..throw everyting in..squirt about 3 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in...turn the hot water on it until it covers...let'er sit for about thirty minutes...shake everything around in the soapy water..WITHOUT RINSING set everything on a towel to air dry...Most of the time this will cure static cling...I learned this trick from the factory boys when they had problems with static cling in the shotshell loading machine powder hoppers.
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Thanks for the pointers.  I'll try the soap water first, then look for the other item if needed.

Thanks,
Jeff
 

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Do you have trouble with ww296 in this unit? I have one and the fine powder locks up the cylinder. Any suggestions? thanks Mark
 

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Mark,
No W296 doesn't cause the problem you mentioned.  The soap water trick fixed the static cling.  I have had the same problem that you discribed w/ XMP-5744 and have read that extruded powders will cause problems when the grains are "cut" by the rotor.  You may make sure that your micrometer is adjusted correctly and doesn't drag.  Also tapping the rotor may help settle the powder to move it out of the way and not get cut.  Be consistent though or your charges may vary greatly.
Hope this may help.  I do enjoy the measure it seems to be a bargain compared to other brands.
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Even though this thread is a little dusty, I thought I'd pass on something that works quite well for me to cure this very annoying problem.

Periodically, I disassemble my measures and wipe everything down with one of those fabric softener/static cling sheets that you throw in the dryer.  Simple, fast, and it works great!
 

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Well, I'm glad to see my old soap trick worked. here's another little trick to try on those sticky druns on your powder measure. Pick up a tube of the powdered graphite that is use on car locks and switches. Slide the drum out and spray the dry graphite around in the body of the measure that the drum rotates in. Put the drum back in a work in some. This is an old trick and graphite will not hurt the powder.
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Jack,

That's a novel approach with the degauser. Never thought of that.

I have to dig that old durn thing out! :biggrin:

Regards

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