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shelf life

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Tommy.Gun, Mar 16, 2004.

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  1. Tommy.Gun

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    Of gun powder?
     
  2. Mannlicher

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    are you talking black powder, or smokeless?

    Black powder can last a long time. I remember as a child setting off some that we found way back in a coal mine in SW Virginia, it worked fine.

    I don't think Smokeless poweder has been around long enough to really tell about shelf life. I know if it has been stored properly, stuff made back around the turn of the century (1900, not 2000) still works fine.
     
  3. Tommy.Gun

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    smokeless,
     
  4. jsalcedo

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    I have just finished a 30 year old can of unique.

    Rule of thumb on smokeless powder: If it does NOT smell acrid (sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent, irritating or deeply bitter) it is ok to use.
     
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    I've loaded ammunition with powder that was 20 years old. It worked just fine.
     
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