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Question about old powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jrou111, Jan 10, 2008.

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  1. jrou111

    jrou111 Member

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    There is a gunshop that has a couple of 1lb bottles of various powders. They are priced at 2005 prices (like $15-$17/lb) but they look a few years old. The Alliant ones are marked 2001, but they are all sealed. Because of the price, I was thinking about buying them all. Are they too old?
     
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    As long as they've never been opened they should be good to go.
     
  3. Mr White

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    I'm loading plinking ammo for my Garand with surplus I4895 that is from the 60s at best. I haven't had one not go bang yet and its reasonably accurate.
     
  4. jrou111

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    Wow, thanks for the quick response. You guys rock.
     
  5. rcmodel

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    2001 powder is not old powder.
    Given proper storage conditions, it's good for another 25 years or more, at least!

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  6. Steve Koski

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    If it's Unique, it might be the older, dirtier burning version.
     
  7. mainebear

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    Load away, it should be just fine.
     
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    I purchased a whole bunch of Unique in 1989, 1992. When I unearth a can at random, I shoot the stuff. Still shooting the stuff. Still chronographing the stuff. Nothing over the screens has changed since 1990 when I purchased my first chronograph.

    Have shot Bullseye, Red Dot and 2400 that were in the old tin cans. Must date back from the late 50's to the middle 60's. Shoots the same as 90's vintage powder.
     
  9. Deavis

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    Buy it but negotitate for a lower price since it is older :)
     
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    I just finished up a 4lb keg of bullseye from the 60's--worked fine.
     
  11. tjj

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    If it doesn't have a pungent oder it good to go.
    I still have some power from the '60's too. Crayon marked price $2.50 !!!
    I bitched about the price then too!
     
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