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Old May 11, 2005, 11:42 AM   #3
Mike Irwin
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Location: Northern Virginia
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The primer contains the compounds that are corrosive -- potassium chlorate, which during the chemical reaction caused by the firing cycle, converts to potassium chloride, a close cousin to table salt, and equally hygroscopic.
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