Question about old powder


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jrou111
January 10, 2008, 07:39 PM
There is a gunshop that has a couple of 1lb bottles of various powders. They are priced at 2005 prices (like $15-$17/lb) but they look a few years old. The Alliant ones are marked 2001, but they are all sealed. Because of the price, I was thinking about buying them all. Are they too old?

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scout26
January 10, 2008, 07:40 PM
As long as they've never been opened they should be good to go.

Mr White
January 10, 2008, 07:41 PM
I'm loading plinking ammo for my Garand with surplus I4895 that is from the 60s at best. I haven't had one not go bang yet and its reasonably accurate.

jrou111
January 10, 2008, 08:02 PM
Wow, thanks for the quick response. You guys rock.

rcmodel
January 10, 2008, 08:17 PM
2001 powder is not old powder.
Given proper storage conditions, it's good for another 25 years or more, at least!

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Steve Koski
January 10, 2008, 08:58 PM
If it's Unique, it might be the older, dirtier burning version.

mainebear
January 10, 2008, 09:23 PM
Load away, it should be just fine.

SlamFire1
January 10, 2008, 11:26 PM
I purchased a whole bunch of Unique in 1989, 1992. When I unearth a can at random, I shoot the stuff. Still shooting the stuff. Still chronographing the stuff. Nothing over the screens has changed since 1990 when I purchased my first chronograph.

Have shot Bullseye, Red Dot and 2400 that were in the old tin cans. Must date back from the late 50's to the middle 60's. Shoots the same as 90's vintage powder.

Deavis
January 10, 2008, 11:26 PM
Buy it but negotitate for a lower price since it is older :)

ADKWOODSMAN
January 11, 2008, 12:36 AM
I just finished up a 4lb keg of bullseye from the 60's--worked fine.

tjj
January 11, 2008, 09:33 AM
If it doesn't have a pungent oder it good to go.
I still have some power from the '60's too. Crayon marked price $2.50 !!!
I bitched about the price then too!

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