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old powder?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by BOOSTED12A, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. BOOSTED12A

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    im prety sure i know the answer but. can old powder be used safely? and by old, i mean probbaly 40+ yrs old:shocked:. its some imr 3031 that was my dads. still im metal can, no rust or holes in it and it was stored in a dry garage. im not that cheap, but if its still good i want to use it. if its not, well i figure some use :whistling:for it.
     

  2. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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  3. If it looks ok I'd at least load up a couple of rounds before I threw it on the lawn. That is cool your father was a reloader - I'm sure he would want you to use it.
     
  4. BOOSTED12A

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    yeah, he used to load hunting rounds when he lived in AZ.
     
  5. BOOSTED12A

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    hmm, just noticed that the 3031 is for rifles only. guess ill hold on to it till i start making some 30-06 or somethin
     
  6. BSA70

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    Load a few with a lite charge and try it out. As your confidence builds, build up to the recommended charge weight.
     
  7. Cap'n

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    I've got some 25-30-year old powder and primers. Always kept in air conditioned spaces.

    I've not noticed any difference when compared to newly stocked powder & primers.
     
  8. BOOSTED12A

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    so, any sugestions on whare to start with a 230grn hard ball? mabe 4.5g?
     
  9. ColoCG

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    :wow: I hope your just joking, I wouldn't try that in pistol loads if I were you. As for the powder if it's been kept dry and not subjected to extreme temps it should be fine. I have several powders 40+ years old and they are fine, Red Dot, Bullseye, and IMR 4227 to name a few.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  10. ColoCG

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    No, it's a rifle powder. But if you can find some published loads for it for pistols in a good loading manual then Good Luck. You had a better idea about the 30-06, even then it's better with lighter bullets.
     
  11. 2@low8

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    My current powder stock is all from the 1970's. Primers also. It has been properly stored and all works fine. I bought out an old-timer at the gun club who was getting too old to shoot and reload any longer. Bought 15000 Federal 209 primers for $150! Also bought 60 pounds of powder for $200. not bad.
     
  12. BOOSTED12A

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    ok. i figure since 30-06 is kinda pricy id probbaly reload that and give my 1903 a work out. sofar all ive shot in it are blanks on new years. so, i will save it. off to an ammo can it goes. thanks all for the input. im kinda new to reloading, only done about 400 rnds of 45 with no issues other than a few screw ups that need to be pulled apart.
     
  13. ColoCG

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    :thumbsup: Good Haul!
     
  14. ColoCG

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    Good Choice, that powder should be fine when you are ready for it. Hang in there, the more you load the more you learn.:wavey:
     
  15. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    I'm still working on a can of Unique I bought in 1973. It still works great.
     
  16. hogfish

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    You better read a loading manual before you hurt yourself.

    :wow:
     
  17. Giddyupgo55

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    I was given a 8 pound can of Herco that was over 40 years old and it shot just fine. Not as clean burning as powder we have today but works just fine.
     
  18. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    How does it look? How does it smell?

    http://www.alliantpowder.com/getting_started/safety/storage_handling.aspx#Anchor-How-47857