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It is necessary to reduce the Sr-ferrite grain size below 1 μm for high coercivity, besides a high degree of density and orientation for high residual induction. However, submicron Sr-ferrite particles are difficult to orient in a magnetic field at pressing stage because of their cohesion. For preventing this cohesion, treatments with dispersants and reducing coercive force of S-ferrite particles are very effective. In this research, a study was done correlating purity and aggregation state of raw materials with intrinsic coercive force and microstructure of presintered Sr-ferrite sample, and a presintered sample with uniform grain size distribution and lower coercivity was gained. The classical pulverizing process is composed of coarse dry milling and fine wet milling. The results confirm that compared with wet milling, a long dry milling time promotes the development of crystal deformation and reduces the coercive force of the powders effectively; hence the viscosity is also lowered. By enhancing dry-milling time to control average particle size under 1.8 μm and fine wet milling up to 0.75 μm with optimum amount of dispersant, a well dispersed Sr-ferrite slurry is prepared. By these methods, a remarkable improvement of magnetic properties was achieved. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.