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Old February 18th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #1
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Due for replacement or disposal

Looking through some older powders on the bench, I think these are due for replacement or disposal. The Unique has a price tag of 7.95 on it and the 4831 says 1.90.


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Old February 18th, 2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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I've got a few of them myself Art. 2400, a can of Unique that looks just like yours, H-110, IMR-3031 same color can....... -Lloyd

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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:02 PM   #3
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I have a bottle of Unique like that one. I got it when I was about 16. I'm 45 now. I figure the bottle will be a collector piece when it is empty in the next 5 years or so:)

Think I have some 4320 in a similar vintage can.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:06 PM   #4
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Its funny, I just seem to push the old stuff around and don't even pay attention to what is there.


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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:21 PM   #5
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nf1e, I was once told to smell the powder and if it had a sharp, chemical smell it was still OK, but if it smelled dull and dry, it was no good. Also if the powder was a brown color, was no good. Don't know how much truth was in that advice but there it is. Of course, I was also told not to pour it out in the trash but to spread it on my garden as fertilizer-go figure.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:51 PM   #6
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Can tell you from first hand experience that if you pour half a pound or more down a yellow jacket nest hole in the ground and light it(stand back quite a ways) it will remind you of a solid fuel rocket burning and no more yellow jackets in that nest.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #7
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Save those cans for the next gun show. You would be amazed by what people pay for the old stuff we bought new.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:54 PM   #8
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You must be doing some early spring cleaning

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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #9
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I have some of that on my shelf nf1e...

Have been told to look for the 'brown color' as well

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Old February 18th, 2017, 06:16 PM   #10
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I would not hesitate to use the unique or the bullseye. I might hesitate on the rifle powders although I do have some 3031 in metal cans that I use on a regular basis.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #11
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Powder

One thing to not worry about is that the powder does not get more powerful with age, If it is not brown as a previous post said it would still be good to go...If it is brown make your wife happy this spring and put it on the flower bed...As Army Pilot noted collectors pay good money for vintage canisters..I keep mine around just to remind me of a simpler younger day....Remember this I have powder from the 70s that is still good and I am shooting 8mm Mauser ammo from 55 with no problems. It all depends on how it was stored. If it was in a constant temp like in the house and closed up it may be just fine. Most powders I have used are either silver/grayish or blackish..If it is brown it will show well.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 09:12 PM   #12
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Nf1e your powder cans looks in better shape than mine. The paint almost faded from the paper cans and mine 3031 cost me $8.65. I even have a round blank paper 1 lb. carton and the lid is marked 748 for $7.25 but I used that already. I think I got mine in the early 80s

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Old February 18th, 2017, 09:48 PM   #13
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my uncle gave me about 24 pounds of old gunpowder. They were 3 8 pound containers, 2 red dot and 1 unique. The OLD card board containers with paper tape holding them closed. Well, This powder has not gone to waste. We loaded up some ammo and tested it. WORKED GREAT. I have been using the old stuff for shooting first. I let the other powders get older while I shoot this great old stuff.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 02:21 AM   #14
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Thanks guys.It is always fun to hear from folks with similar experiences. Looks like the yellow jackets will be in for a surprise this Summer.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 06:36 AM   #15
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I have a can of 231 that was $2.35 and a can of 748 $6.50. Prices now make me irritable.

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