Powder question


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hancjamk
August 10, 2010, 09:02 PM
I have some 25 yro. IMR 4831. It smells good, but I get a fine red dust in the funnel. I loaded some 308 with it and got some decent groups. Should I still despose of it? Is red dust sign of a potential safety issue?

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8mmman
August 10, 2010, 09:31 PM
The powder is braking down. I just shoot mine up when it gts like that. I've never had a problem and I've shot a lot of it. It get weaked as it ages so no problem. Just don't breath it in as it's very bad to breath.

loadedround
August 10, 2010, 09:59 PM
Get rid of it. It's in the first stage of decompostion. You may lot some cases now with this powder and try to fire them in the future. Result? A nice bill from your gunsmith to remove that stuck bullet...or worse.

USSR
August 10, 2010, 10:08 PM
In addition to it going bad on you, it's too slow of a powder for a .308 Win.

Don

ArchAngelCD
August 11, 2010, 05:31 AM
I agree with all of the above posts. It's breaking down, you shouldn't use it and it is too slow a powder for the .308 anyway.

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