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Old 4831

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by skywag, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. skywag

    skywag On the Columbia River Active Member

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    I have about 10 pounds of old 4831 from WWII. It was fine in 1988, the last time I reloaded with it.

    It's been dry, dark and cool. I suspect it is still good. I wonder!
     
  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    It will be fine! I also have some of the old pull down 4831 that was actually packed in one pound early celeophane bags. I contacted Hodgdon about the lot date and they said it was packed in the mid 50's and it was pulled from WW1 surplus 30-06.

    I still shoot many 1/2 moa groups with powder that is nearly 100 years old!
     
  3. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Look for deterioration in the form of fine brown powder: then it's bad.
    Used to buy it in the 32lb cloth bags for $.59/lb.....hummmm
     
  4. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Nope! It's no doubt bad, and terribly dangerous,....
    PM me your address and I will be by to pick it up and dispose of it properly for you!
    I won't charge you a HAZMAT disposal fee since you are a member here at NWFA,...

    ;) ;)
     
  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Powder this old should only be used in rifles of similar age. Old Mauser's and 03 Springfields are just perfect for this.
     
  6. Mecanik

    Mecanik La Center Active Member

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    Yeah it's probably bad. Don't take any chances. Just give it to me, I'll take care of it.