No sense crying over spilled milk, but what about powder?


October 23, 2015, 08:37 PM
Oh man, I was putting some IMR-4895 back in the cabinet, and I guess I must have over tightened the cap, cause when I picked it up, it just went "snap" and then the powder came spilling out all over the carpet. Fortunately I was able to right the container fairly quickly, so I only spilled about 1/4 lb.. It happened on indoor / outdoor carpet, so I was able to get about 99% cleaned up.

I haven't had a mishap like that in years, and never one because the lid failed.


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October 23, 2015, 09:04 PM
Might be a good idea to save my steel caps to replace the plastic ones. At least the 1 lb. jug steel fit.

GS, glad it wasn't too bad a loss for you. Nowadays, spilled powder could be something to cry over.

October 23, 2015, 09:22 PM
I cry over spilled powder. Ive picked up individual granules off of my bench with tweezers before. A spill on carpet? Id probably steal the wifes nylons, put it over the tube on the vacuum and collect it that way.

October 23, 2015, 09:38 PM
oUcH...!!! ( Hurts don't it?)

Last time I did something like that was on my Mec 9000, just filled the LARGE hopper full of powder, then for some "STUPID" reason I tilted back the assy. and left the red plug OUT of the top of the hopper..!!! :what:

About as bad as when I did the same with the shot hopper..!! :uhoh:

Not even sure how much a gallon of milk is these use to be more than a gallon of gas was not too long ago??? (may be more now)


October 23, 2015, 11:22 PM
I wouldn't cry over 1/4lb of IMR4895. I doubt that they'll quit making it anytime soon. For me it was easy to find even during the height of the shortage, but I always left it because I don't use it. And it's not like it's real expensive. That's what, $5-7 worth of powder? Even with a tight budget it wouldn't be hard to find something else to cut to replace the powder.

October 23, 2015, 11:29 PM
That's a new one on me.

Never heard of a powder can lid breaking before.

And I've got some real old ones!


October 23, 2015, 11:45 PM
I have dumped the powder on my MEC 9000 doing the tilt thing last year. This fall, I failed to have the drain spigot closed when pouring in my IMR 4350 :banghead: into my RCBS Chargemaster.

All I can say is that I screw up once, I learn the lesson and do not repeat.

Never thought you could over tighten the cap - something to watch.

October 24, 2015, 03:02 AM
Kcofohio, actually it was a metal cap on a plastic canister, the original factory cap and container. And after inspecting the lid and the canister, I'm almost 100% certain it wasn't due to me over tightening it, I don't do that, tight is tight and doesn't need to be put on with 50 lbs. of torque.

It was a first for me too RC. I think the reloading gods are angry with me or something, cause I've had more incidents happen over the last couple weeks, than in the 30+ years of reloading combined.

Ya, I know it's not a financial disaster, I'm really more irritated that it even happened, than I am with the little bit of powder lost. Like I said, something is wrong with the threads on that one container. When I screwed it back on, it just kept popping off, so I had to transfer the powder to one of my empty one's, then I just printed a new label for it.

SwaneeSR, my Son did the same thing with his Chargemaster weekend before last. It was a pretty big spill, but fortunately almost all of it was on his clean bench top. He was loading .40 cal with Longshot. I think the reason why reloading gods are angry with me, is because he had poured an entire pound into the Chargemaster, and didn't notice the powder running out of the spigot until almost the entire pound had drained out. But it was funny though.

TexasDon, I've done the same thing when loading on my 600 Jr., more times than I like to recall. And the worst part is, it hasn't always been just powder either, I've dumped hopper's of shot every where. I'll take sweeping powder up any day over 7.5 shot.


tightgroup tiger
October 24, 2015, 09:00 AM
This fall, I failed to have the drain spigot closed when pouring in my IMR 4350 into my RCBS Chargemaster.

I've done that twice now with my Auto-charge.

I also, last spring after finally finding a pound of 2400, I tucked it away under my reloading bench and apparently tightened the plastic cap to tight.

I month later I opened the cabinet and pick it up by the cap and the bottle fell into a box upside down and I had powder all over everything. I pulled the box out, carefully emptied it, and recovered what I could.

I was so mad but had no one to blame but myself.

Bush Pilot
October 24, 2015, 10:29 AM
Just be glad you didn't dump a pound of 231 into a keg of 4895 (no, I've never done it)

October 24, 2015, 03:07 PM
Just be glad you didn't dump a pound of 231 into a keg of 4895 (no, I've never done it)
Now that is one that I'd be MAD about.

October 24, 2015, 03:36 PM
Finally found a pound of 1680. Had it sitting on the floor behind my desk with some boxes of brass, etc.

Wife and I went over some friends house Wednesday after work for 90 minutes.

When we got my wife called my name in "that tone"...I walked into the front room and there is my container of 1680, cap all chewed up and off the bottle, most of the powder on the carpet, and our newest rescue Husky grinning at me.

So, my loading up some .300 Blackout is on hold...again.

Hondo 60
October 24, 2015, 03:41 PM
I HATE when that happens.
I spilled 1/2 lb of Tite Group this past week.
I tried to clean it up, but got a lot of dog & cat hair too. :fire:

I can't find any locally.
Midway has a 4 lb jug, but I'm gunbroker broke until payday.
Even then, I don't think I'll be able to come up with $112.

I wish someone local had a lb or 2. :(

Tech Ninja
October 24, 2015, 04:42 PM
I know the feeling:

October 24, 2015, 07:24 PM
Wow, I had powder measure problems before but not that one.

October 24, 2015, 08:30 PM
Holy Cow!!!!

That is a pic of a powder measure issue.

So this whole handloading thing...,,,,,

It causes powder handling issues and I am now willing to dive to the bottom od a dumpster with a snorkle to get brass.

Do NOT save the whales, save the POWDER. You guys are messy.


October 24, 2015, 09:37 PM
I have had the issue where the funnel doesn't go fast enough for the pour from the container. My wife heard my complaint from downstairs!

October 24, 2015, 09:49 PM
WoW....That's a cool low altitude aerial view of a "Powder Spill"..!! :eek:


YES...I also have left the drain open on my Chargemaster.
Like said, it only takes me one time to learn.. ( USUALLY ) :banghead:

I intentionally didn't mention the several times I tilted back the assy. on my Mec 600's and lost shot & powder too.
There is still shot in the corners of my shop and behind EVERYTHING on the floor.

( TIP #500 ) Boxes move easier on the floor with lead shot under them...


October 25, 2015, 12:41 AM
Spilling any amount of any component is ...:what: :cuss: :fire:It's just the fact of "it's too hard to find...and I just did THAT!" feeling.

We all do it because... it just happens.


October 25, 2015, 07:12 PM
Back in the day, like the day I started reloading, I was filling my Mec 600 hoppers with shot and powder. I had a friend giving me instructions over the phone, and I got ahead of myself / him, and managed to pour the powder into the hopper that had the shot in it. Good thing powder was only about $7 or $8 per pound back then, cause I ended up chaffing the powder into the yard so I could at least salvage the shot. I had to chaff it at least several times to get the powder out of it, which was a royal pain in the behind.

That's what I call a rough start.


October 26, 2015, 11:36 AM
Wow. What a month you're having, GS. Been getting out of your system all those years of trouble-free loading?

October 26, 2015, 01:26 PM
I have one that is even sadder and more ridiculous. I put my lee powder measure hopper on backwards one day and twisted it to open it while turning my head to look at some load data. I lost about 1/2 of a hopper full of bullseye. That stuff is so fine it found it's way clear into the carrier gears requiring a complete disassemble of my press. I scooped the stuff piled up on the shell plate back into the hopper but the rest was gone forever... sniff.

October 26, 2015, 04:22 PM
Major bummer Schwing.


October 27, 2015, 12:11 AM
I dropped a full can of IMR-4064 at a time when I couldn't find or afford the stuff. Happened on a linoleum floor and I was able to scoop most of it onto a piece of paper and use tweezers to pick laundry fuzz and other junk. I still have some Garand loads that probably have a tiny bit of dryer lint in there.

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