What do you do with all of your empty powder containers?


June 3, 2010, 07:12 PM
I go through quite a lot of powder each month and can't bring myself to throw away those nice Alliant, HODGDON, IMR or VihtaVuori containers. I don't use them for anything at the moment, they simply take up space, but what do YOU do with yours? Trash, recycle, storage, arts and crafts, targets, flotation device ... what?


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June 3, 2010, 07:15 PM
Thrown them in my recycling bin.

June 3, 2010, 07:21 PM
High-density polyethylene or HDPE (2) can be recycled. Or give them to someone that needs to transfer powder out of old metal cans.

June 3, 2010, 07:25 PM
Makes perfect little storage containers once I peel off the label. I have one that houses all the small parts for the gun cleaning kit.

June 3, 2010, 08:50 PM
I can't see thru them--recycle bin

June 3, 2010, 08:51 PM
There was someone on the trading post earlier this year looking for empties. Check back/search and you may find someone interested in them.


June 3, 2010, 08:51 PM
I usually try to keep some empty 1# containers on hand, so when my son needs powder, he won't walk with my 4#er.


June 3, 2010, 09:06 PM
Why are you buying in 1# containers and not 8#? - much cheaper and you'll have less plastic to recycle

June 3, 2010, 09:06 PM
One of my dealers buys his powder in 8 lb. jugs and re-packages it in one pound containers and sells it cheaper than any other dealer. I take the empty containers back to him so he can reuse them. No dealer sells 4 or 8 pound containers in my area. And I don't want to pay Haz-Mat..

June 3, 2010, 09:17 PM
You can get (2) 8# jugs and 25,000 primers in one package for one hazmat fee - makes it easy to spread it out - or have your guy order you in an 8# jug. I get mine through my local shotgun club (sporting clays), and the price has no hazmat as the distributor makes deliveries on his truck because of the size of the orders..(targets, wads, powders, etc......)

June 3, 2010, 11:52 PM
I buy all my powder in 8 lb. containers so I don't have any of those neet little 1 lb. containers.

June 4, 2010, 12:45 AM
There is a warning on the labels to not re-use empty powder containers.


I take the labels off before I re-use them.

Too nice of a container not to re-use.



June 4, 2010, 08:49 AM
8 lb containers are good for keeping brass or bulk bullets in. I just mark on the outside with a white paint marker what is in them.

June 4, 2010, 10:23 AM
Those empty powder containers make excellent plinking pistol targets and great 100 yd 22 targets also. Please clean up when thru.

June 4, 2010, 10:35 AM
I just toss them under the bench and when I get a couple of dozen I then throw them into the recycling bin. I wonder what the recycling guys think when they dump/sort them?

June 4, 2010, 10:40 AM
Or give them to someone that needs to transfer powder out of old metal cansWhat's wrong with metal cans? I have an 8# metal can of Winchester Super Field that I bought a couple of years ago -- new old stock. I transfer it to a 1# plastic bottle as I use it, but I don't use that one very often so it's probably a lifetime supply.

June 4, 2010, 01:00 PM
Yep, I just refill 'em from my 8# containers.

June 4, 2010, 03:41 PM
I use them to keep brass in.

I buy the 1 pounders if I am trying out a new load. If the new load works well, then I buy the 5 pounder.

June 4, 2010, 03:58 PM
I keep a couple to transfer from the bulk powders , the rest file 13.

June 4, 2010, 04:02 PM
For the 8 lb. cans of powder that I use, I also keep a 1 lb. can of that same powder that I use as a transfer container. I find it easier to pour out of the 1 lb. cans into my powder drop.

The rest I recycle.

The Bushmaster
June 4, 2010, 04:03 PM
Save one or two and put all my extra powder left over from loading and mix it all up until I have enough to reload 50 more.:evil: Why??:D

I throw them away. What else? Just what I need. A bunch of plastic containers to add to all my empty coffee cans.:banghead:

June 4, 2010, 04:06 PM
Why are you buying in 1# containers and not 8#? - much cheaper and you'll have less plastic to recycle

I buy H110 and Varget in 8lb containers when it's available but all of the suppliers here bring in Reloder 15, 17, 19 and 22 in 1lb containers.

It's interesting to read the different ways we all deal with this issue ... thanks for all the responses.


June 4, 2010, 04:45 PM
What's wrong with metal cans? Powder attacks metal over time as you can see by this Dupont IMR can. Another can, powder was starting to eat into a 4lb metal container , WW540, on the bottom. I moved it to a plastic powder container. Powder only lasts 20 years more or less. Click photos for larger. http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/th_IMR4895_20090928_1.jpg (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/IMR4895_20090928_1.jpg) http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/th_IMR4895_20090928_2.jpg (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/IMR4895_20090928_2.jpg) http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/th_IMR4895_20090928_3.jpg (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/IMR4895_20090928_3.jpg)

June 4, 2010, 08:22 PM
Powder only lasts 20 years more or less.

Not to sure about that, I've shot ammo manufactured by the German Nazi government before or during WW 2. Thats over 60 years ago. Haven't had a misfire yet. One of the powder mfg's has some powder "Unique I think" in a sealed jar that they store under water. IIRC its over 100 yrs old, and still meets orginal specs.

The Bushmaster
June 5, 2010, 09:28 AM
Who says powder only lasts 20 years or so? I have two tin containers of Hercules 2400 of around the early '60s or earlier and the stuff still shoots just fine...

Ky Larry
June 5, 2010, 04:16 PM
I buy powder thru a local sportsmans club. They buy 20lb cadies and weigh out what you want. I use empty 1 lb plastic containers when I buy powder from them. I just bought 6 lbs of IMR-4064 for $15.00 a lb. That reminds me. I'm going to the range tommorow so I'd better quit jaw jacking and get to the reloading bench.

June 5, 2010, 06:56 PM
I like to fill them with sand and tape an old watch with some curled up wires hooked to a dead battery and a couple of road flares and set them on my workbench when strangers come by for a garage sale. Especially those big 8 lb. cans. Then when somebody asks " is that real?" tell them "only one way to find out".

June 6, 2010, 02:04 AM
Recycle Bin

June 6, 2010, 08:13 AM
I only buy 1 pound containers as that is generally the only size WIN 231 is available around here. I recycle most but always keep one to fill with spent primers.

June 6, 2010, 09:43 AM
I rinse them out, paint over the labels and toss them in the recycle bin.

June 6, 2010, 01:18 PM
I'm way too much of a packrat when it comes to all things guns and reloading. I have to force myself to throw these things away. My problem is the plastic bullet trays that ammo comes in and people leave them laying around at the ranges. I bet I have 500 of them.

June 6, 2010, 01:22 PM
When powder came in metal cans I removed the tops with a can opener and used them for storing brass. I only used the rectangular DuPont 4 lb cans. The round metal cans as well as the current platic containers go to recycling.

November 18, 2010, 04:46 PM
I use them to keep reclaimed shot in. It's very unwieldy to refill the Mec bottles from a 50# bag.

November 18, 2010, 04:59 PM
I fill them with water and then shoot them with soft point of hollow point bullets at about 2800-3500fps
then I burn them or throw them in the trash if I am in town. I have read that they are designed go
explode before the pressure gets too high.

November 18, 2010, 05:11 PM
You can also fill the 4 and 8 pounders with water or sand - they make excellent door stops, weights to anchor one of those canopy shade tents, or similar........

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