Shake&Bake-wear out

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BigMan54 posted this 31 March 2019

Do shake & bake containers for PC have a wear out point ? And does the bb color matter in that?

Was doing some PC'ing today, and suddenly my bullets stopped accepting the PC.

I had used this container & BB's for about 2,500-3,000 bullets. When the bullets just stopped accepting the PC. No matter how hard I shook, which way I went. Clockwise or counter-Clockwise it would only coat about half way. There was plenty of powder, I had just added 1/2 teaspoon. The container is a #5 Zip lock that is 5"X5"X1.5". I usually do about 100 38's or 60-70 44-45's. 

The powder was Eastwood Squirrel Gray,  the BB's the same green ones I started with. 

I use the same containers & BB's for SMOKE4320; Flame Red & Carolina Blue. Not a problem. But then I haven't done any more then 500 of each yet. I use a smaller container with Smoke4320's JD Green. And black BB's, can't find Black BB's anywhere around here. And walmart won't/can't sell them in "My Area". 

Switched to a new #5 Zip lock Container that is 5"X5"X2". Covered the bottom with the rest of the Black BB's I got from Smoke, a half teaspoon of Powder and the half covered 38's that I picked out of the "dead" container. 

Covered the bullets Beautifully in about 30seconds.  The I did about 70 odd .45's. That worked perfectly too. 

So have I answered my own question ? 

There is a limited life to the shake&bake containers ? 

Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun. Did I mention how much I HATE auto-correct on this blasted tablet.

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2coldhere posted this 31 March 2019

I've used the same Cool Whip container for thousands of bullets with no problems.  I have only used Smoke's yellow with the black BB's.  For an experiment try rubbing that bag on a piece of carpeting just to see what happens.

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GP Idaho posted this 31 March 2019

Roger. I doubt it's your container giving up, I use mine until they crack and leak powder. There are colors of PC that just don't work with the "shake and bake" method. Most notably Harbor Freight matte black.  That's where the inexpensive hobby electrostatic gun comes in handy. I've never tried the squirrel gray but unless you have had good results with it in the past, I suspect that color more than I suspect the containers.  Also, for what ever reason, the black ASBB's seem to generate more static than the other colors. I have no idea why.  A lot of different methods have been tried over the last few years and some of the things I take on faith unless they seem to be detrimental to the process.  Gp

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GP Idaho posted this 31 March 2019

2coldhere: Please, for your own safety, Don't bake powder coat in an oven that will be used in food preparation or in the house for that mater. PC gives off some pretty nasty gasses (some worse than others) during the bake cycle. Gp

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BigMan54 posted this 31 March 2019

It just occured to me that maybe the green BB's "wore out". Lost their ability to hold an electrostatic charge. 

I just ordered 3000 Black BB's.  But I'll keep using the translucent green for SMOKE4320 powders until they give out too. 

And I put my dedicated Convection Toaster Oven on the side shelf of my Gas Grill out on the Patio. I even wear a mask to protect myself from the extra fine powder.

   

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BigMan54 posted this 27 May 2019

My Black BB's work perfectly.  I picked out the green BB's from the container with Smoke's JD Green. Very tedious, replaced with Black.  Did some shake & bake. Worked just fine. 

Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun. Did I mention how much I HATE auto-correct on this blasted tablet.

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