Old powder

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  1. mtang45

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    I have some just opened RE19 in the old silver canister with the plastic pull out spout. I was thinking about using it in my 338 WM loads, but had questions about its age. Its storeage history has been very stable and it was unopened. I just broke the seal and took a sniff. Smells normal. Anything to be concerned about?
     
  2. Zero333

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    Its fine. Just work up like normal and watch for pressure signs as always.

    If it looks and smells normal the I wouldn't hesitate using it.
     
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  3. Rdlningcltchdmpr

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    Yes , use it or send it to me for testing.
     
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  4. misser

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    old powder ?? my brother bought this can in the early 1970's most likely 71. never been opened. bet you wish powder was this cheep .[​IMG]
     
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  5. misser

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    choot it
     
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  6. mtang45

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    Thanks guys! Think I'll choot it :D
     
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  7. mjeff23

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    I have several Dupont-IMR cans (4350, 4064, 4198...) from the 70's that I inherited from my dad. Don't intend on using them, just keeping as a reminder of learning reloading as a kid. All of them have price tags under $5.
     
  8. Ken

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    $3.45 Ahh the good old days
     
  9. MislMan

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    Yeah .... and minimum wage was $1.60/hr. LOL
     
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  10. msinc

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    Reloder 19 hasn't even been in existence long enough to be "too old"!!! That is if it's been closed up. I have an old paper 8 pound canister of Red Dot {does any one have any idea how long it takes to go thru 8 pounds of Red Dot???...Neither do I} that is from the late 60's...still works just fine.
     
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  11. Twicepop

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    At Camp Perry about 15-20 years back I bought an 8 pounder of Vietnam era mil-surp IMR4895 for $55.00. I still have some of it, and it still makes small groups from my .223 bolt gun.
     
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    I am using RL 15 - that is 10 yrs old and it's the same as always. darn good. fwiw. not an expert - but glad to know it's good still. also VV N 135. Same uh vintage. I "sniff "it.. seems OK, shoots great.
     
  13. D-4297

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    Have a metal can similar to those posted , of IMR 4831 . Orange & white can , and never opened . The original price tag still in place , of $17.99 , and a sale price sticker of $11.99 . Original seller was a now-defunct sporting goods store in Prescott or Prescott Valley , Az...Guessing from the price , Vintage to be early to mid 80's . :D
     
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    I've got a 20lb keg of IMR3031 that I got from my grandpa. I don't know exactly how old it is, but I think it's repackaged milsurp from the 50s or 60s. Shoots great.
     
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  15. mic2377

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    Yep use it. Totally fine.

    I can say I have actually tried some powder that had actually gone bad. It was some REALLY old IMR 3031 in a can that had been not so tightly capped for at least 15-20 years. When poured it gave off some rust colored dust. Surprisingly it still did ignite and shoot OK but I wouldn't do it again, and consistency was poor. In my experience ball powders and double base powders seem to store better than the single base IMR stick powders.
     
  16. Texas10

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    IMR; Improved Rifle Powder..good to know. At $3.45 it was about 2 hours pay at minimum wage in 1970. Fast forward to today and twice the minimum wage is about $15.00. And now it becomes crystal clear what happened to the middle class in America! If not, just ask a Baby Boomer and they'll tell you. :mad:
     
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    If you are worried. Spread it around your yard. It will drive the dogs crazy when they come to get your guns.
     
  18. shoot4fun

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    Here's the question of the day.
    Did minimum wage hike cause powder to go up or did powder go up because minimum wage did?
    :D o_O :rolleyes:
     
  19. mtang45

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    To answer your question, YES!!
     
  20. shoot4fun

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    I think you were on stage at the demoncrap debate last night!
    HAHAHAHAHA
     

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