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question about some powder I received...already opened?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ty 357, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Ty 357

    Ty 357 Well-Known Member

    I recently received a backordered 8 pound jug of Unique from PV. The jug arrived with the seal broken...at least it appeared broken. I have never bought an 8 pound jug before. Should I be concerned if the seal was not intact? I'm familiar with the 1 pound and 4 pound containers. The 8 pounder has a different cap than the one I am familiar with but it looks like the jug was opened before it got here. The outer packaging was intact and the package itself looked untampered with. I know they are extremely busy and I don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill....is this a big deal or not? The powder looks like unique and as far as I can tell it looks and feels like 8 pounds of powder. Thanks.
  2. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

    The seal sometimes sticks to the inside of the lid instead of the top of the jar.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Not overly unusual. Like you, I would much prefer to get it with the paper piece still glued down, but it isn't always so.

    Vihtavuori jugs come with a seal on the cap and there is no doubt. I would like to see more manufacturers use this method.
  4. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    The seal ensures that your powder has not been mixed with something else. I don't know how well the seal prevents air exchange with the outside world.
  5. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member

    I don't know that I have ever opened a new can of alliant powder and the thin paper seal be intact. Most of the time it is stuck partially in the cap.
  6. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    I've opened Hodgdon's powder bottles and the seal fell on the floor when I took the lid off.

    Not unusual at all.
  7. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    If the exterior wrap was on the jug like you stated and it was unmolested. Then you are fine. The "seal" is just 2nd barrier of defense for air. And yes they do get stuck sometimes in the lid when you take the lid off.
  8. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    This is not unusual and I don't think you have any problems.
  9. bensdad

    bensdad Well-Known Member

    Best to be safe... send it to me for proper disposal... I'll carefully dispose of it in small, 6 grain increments.
  10. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    When I started reloading, you had your choice of buying surplus powder (IMR 4831) in paper roll top bags that were the same type coffee beans came in, or you could take your own container (coffee can) and they would measure out what you wanted from their 50 pound keg in the back of the shop. They didn't start putting seals on the containers until some fool put poison in some Tylenol some years back, then everything had to be sealed.

    Just use the powder and don't worry about it.

    Hope this helps.

  11. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I have bought many canisters of powder that have appeared to have had the seal broken over the years. So far so good, no indications that they have ever been tampered with, and I have gone so far as to weigh them thinking maybe someone pinched a little bit, but to no avail. As said, the seal does stick to the lid often, and makes it appear as such.

  12. sage5907

    sage5907 Well-Known Member

    I always trusted the IMR powder when it was sold in metal cans and and the seal on the can was always intact. When I was paying for a can I would take the lid off in front of the cashier to make sure the seal was intact. After Hodgdon bought bought out the IMR company and started selling the powder in plastic containers I started noticing the seals were not sticking to the container and I couldn't tell if they had previously been opened. I have also had the seal fall on the floor when the lid was opened for the first time.
  13. Motownfire

    Motownfire Well-Known Member

    As much as you paid for it including shipping & HAZMAT fee, I would be calling Powder Valley.

    In reality it's not that big of a deal, I buy all of my powder local & the seals are stuck to the cap sometimes. BUT, if I am going to pay through the nose for shipping & HAZMAT fee, then wait for Lord knows how long it better be sealed when it gets to my house.
  14. bigdaa

    bigdaa member

    You may pour some out and look for inconsistencies in powder form. Take great care to be grounded so as not to generate a static spark when doing this.
  15. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    I would not expect PV, who must be shipping tons of powder, to open and inspect each container to see if it is sealed. And what would they do with it if the seal stuck to the lid? Discard it? If so, I would like to be there when they do.:D
    My last order was dated 1/16/13. Eight pounds of HP38 cost me $15.89 per pound, including shipping, insurance and hazmat fee. I did order 10K of primers at the same time, so the hazmat, shipping and insurance were allocated. My primers cost $29.13 per K, delivered.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  16. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Thats ridiculous. He should call and complain about a non-issue because powder valley had the nerve to charge him to ship his powder and actually charged a legally required hazmat fee? Really?

    As far as paying more, I have always ordered from powder valley and always paid less for my powder that way. When you buy in bulk powder and primers the hazmat and shipping do not matter. After adding them on I still pay less than LGSs.
  17. exdxgxe4life

    exdxgxe4life Active Member

    I'd say you're good to go. With that being said, I always request the bottles that still have the tape on them whenever possible.
  18. fields

    fields Well-Known Member

    Are you sure the hazmat fee is required? I think the hazmat paperwork is required.
  19. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yes, it's required.

    Nobody does the Haz-Mat training for employees and the Haz-Mat paperwork & packaging required for free, and stays in business very long.

  20. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    Smell the powder. If it has that slightly alcohol smell to it then don't let the seal bother you. It probably just came loose when you opened the lid.

    Anyone know what that aromatic smell actually is?

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