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OLD powder

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Bend, May 29, 2009.

  1. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    Here is a thread on Arfcom some may be interested where an old 8# jug of powder self-combusted.

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=42&t=281373

    On the otherhand, I opened a 1# canister of Unique last night that was given to me a few years ago. The old owner bought it at least 2 decades ago. The powder was black as coal and had no smell. I put a match to 5 grains worth and it went right up.

    All 15 rounds of 45LC I loaded up shot great today.

    BTW, the price tag on the canister is $5.60!
     
  2. Huntbear

    Huntbear Ellensburg, Wa. Member

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    Other than the color and if it burns, I have been told that old powder smells funny. What kind of smell am I looking for when I open a lb. of older powder??
     
  3. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    Just very different from a freshly opened cannister. The color will be rusty.
     
  4. Huntbear

    Huntbear Ellensburg, Wa. Member

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    Cool thanks, I have a couple of canisters that are a bit older than I would like, so am wanting to make sure they are good before using them to load up some handgun rounds.