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Old February 19th, 2017, 06:40 AM   #16
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do the smell test on old vs new. if stored properly,it still should be good. load it up and put it aside for plinking ammo

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Old February 19th, 2017, 06:45 AM   #17
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I would make a big Genie.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 07:08 AM   #18
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I had a can of 4895 that rusted on the inside. I didn't think that blowing hot chunks of iron oxide down my barrel would do it any good so I decided to separate the two when I was ready to use the powder.
  1. Poured some on a target (because it was handy)
  2. Wrapped a magnet in a paper towel
  3. Ran the paper towel through the powder
  4. Held the paper towel over a garbage can and removed the magnet so the rust would fall off
  5. Put the clean powder in my dispenser
  6. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Worked really well.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 07:33 AM   #19
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The OLD card board containers with paper tape holding them closed.
I had one of those with Unique in it... it was approaching 20 years old, and it wasn't stored very well for a few years... but I'm just finishing up the last of that powder and it's been fine. I have a few others of the same vintage... they are in plastic 1# cans... the lids were all tight and everything is fine.

I was so proud of myself the day I bought that keg of Unique! 8 whole POUNDS of powder! Whoo-hoo! I did manage to pull the label off the keg... I have it framed up in my reloading room.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 06:33 PM   #20
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I have a can or IMR 4227 that is at least 30 years old and I would still use it to reload some 30 Herret ammo for my TC.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 06:50 PM   #21
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As long as it smells like it should I use it. I often toss remains of cans of different powders into a small steel can and on special occasions like anytime I feel like it, I take it outside and toss a match in it. It roars up quite nicely!

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Old March 15th, 2017, 06:54 PM   #22
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Here's my oldest. I got the can from a friend around 1990. It was starting to rust a little even then. Use little at a time for flintlock priming. Still got about 1/4 of the can left.

No clue as to how old it is.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 07:13 PM   #23
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Was pulling down some 1943 Tw ap ammo to reload it fresh and the powder that came out of it looks just like it came from the factory...I would like to know for sure what it is but good luck on that..I do know it weighed 50.1 grains though.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 07:31 PM   #24
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Was pulling down some 1943 Tw ap ammo to reload it fresh and the powder that came out of it looks just like it came from the factory...I would like to know for sure what it is but good luck on that..I do know it weighed 50.1 grains though.
Why were you pulling down ammo to reload it if it was already Factory loaded in good condition?

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Old March 15th, 2017, 07:48 PM   #25
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Why were you pulling down ammo to reload it if it was already Factory loaded in good condition?
It was getting some corrosion on the exterior and around the primer cup...Unknown history of storage..It is only 40 rounds so I was salvaging what I could....I tumbled the brass and it came out like new along with the bullets so I will give it fresh powder and primers and put it back together..

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Old March 15th, 2017, 08:23 PM   #26
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I found a couple rounds of the KA I just got with my M1 that had severe corrosion. Poked a hole thru the case on those with a steel scribe. Pulled the bullets, powder came out one in good shape, weighed 52 grs, extruded. The other one came out in clumps in the shape of the case, a chunk at a time. Either of these would have failed on firing.

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Old March 16th, 2017, 02:57 AM   #27
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Added to the fresh stuff.


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Old March 16th, 2017, 03:05 AM   #28
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About 5 or 6 years ago I got all my old powder down from the attic (I'm pretty sure I got it all) that was put up there in 1985 when we moved to VA and bought the house.

12 or 13 one lb. cans of rifle and handgun powder and 4,000 primers.

The attic if well over 100 F and humid as can be in the summer and it's gets cold/damp enough in the winter that it's froze a couple cans of fruit I forgot was up there one year (left over from a fishing trip and got carried upstairs.)

Anyway, the primers all went bang.

Most of the powder was used up. I still have the IMR4350, Win 760, IMR 4320 and probably a partial can of IMR3031. I did see a partial can of Bullseye in the garage the other day and I need to go ahead and try that in the 9MM's to use it up.

When my dad passed away my brother wasn't interested in reloading so I took his shotgun powder for handgun reloading. I finished up a can of Blue Dot a few months back that had a price tag of $11.95 on it. No idea how old that would be.

That IMR4350 and Win 760 (not good for the M1A or M1s will hopefully get used up in the new GII .308 over the next year or two.

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