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Old Powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Kestral, Nov 29, 2008.

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  1. Kestral

    Kestral Member

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    Have some old shotgun flake powder which I have been using to reload 38S&W rds,Its done very well,but I notice as its getting to the bottom of the can,its turning into a fine powder. Should this now be disposed of,or is it still usable.Would appreciate your wisdom Gentlemen. Kestral
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    Since the granule size is one factor controlling burn rate, I would not care to shoot the fines, being as they have a higher surface area to volume ratio and will therefore burn faster and "hotter."
     
  3. NCsmitty

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    Why chance it? If it's an old metal can, oxidation can also be a factor in changing the chemical composition. I would use it for fertilizer.

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