Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TxWolf, Jan 18, 2021.
the danger is in if you loaded them, then forgot about them. I’d hate to see what that powder looks like after another decade
This IMR4895 looked ok. But did not use it. 2 0ther cans, no problems. Photos IMR4895-
That stuff smells bad no matter the age.
I love the smell of freshly crack 1# AutoComp. Especially the 2018 vintage, nice dry cheese notes and a walnut finish
- safe? I don't know, either does anyone without a laboratory.
-Will it work? I'm sure.
I don't take chances with things I can avoid easily, knowing if your friend who could use the powder fully understands the possibilities is another thing. I'm not an overly cautious guy but some things are just bad juju to me.
It's going bad. It won't burn the same as new powder, so the results of any test loads will be irrelevant.
Dispose of it.
Let's see - $12.99 vs nearly $30 today. Hmmm, must be 15 - 20 years old? Look at the inside of the can. If the can has started to oxidize enough to start flaking what looks like rust, then maybe not use. If it's minor, I'd use.
I know this just a touch off topic. But if the store has jugs of 4198 at a good price, I’d buy it. I don’t use IMR-4198. But I exclusively use H-4198 in my 45-70 and 444 (micro groove). And they are VERY close to the same. My 45-70 is the 350gr Hornady RN and the 444 is 300gr Sierra FP. They are both sub-MOA leverguns with those combos. I tried several powders before I found 4198.
I don't know. If I haven't shot it in 10 years, why do I still have it?
Either I bought too much, don't use it anymore or not shootin' enough!
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