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Powder storage for long term

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by fourwinds, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. fourwinds

    fourwinds Northwest Member

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    I'm sure this Question has been addessed.
    Just thought I'd ask.
    I want real info on storing powder for the long term from the people who know.
    In's and out's.
    pro's and con's
    Thank you
     
  2. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    Cool place. Stable temperatures.
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    yep I have used powder stored for more then 30 years in nothing more then the original can and a closet in a normally heated home.
     
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Original containers in reasonable temps. Heat is a bigger foe than cold.

    This is a good use for an old refrigerator or freezer. Don't bother to plug it in, just put a couple of large dessicant bags or cans inside.

    If you live in an area where the temps can rise to the extreme, then maybe plug the refer in but just set the temp for 50-55 degrees.

    I used to live in Colorado and had a basement area that was great for this. Basically 12' underground with an insulated wall between it and the house. Even on 100 degree days the temps were below 70. Never went below freezing in the winter either.

    Magic words for powder or primer storage are "Dry", "Moderate Temps", and "Original Container". OR Just load it into cartridges:cool:
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    In brass with a bullet on top will be best............
     
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    This. Dry helps
     
  7. mscheel

    mscheel Washington New Member

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    How long are loaded bullets good for?
     
  8. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Well there sure it a lot of it being shot that is well over 70 years old. There is still a bit of it (not as much around) that is from the turn of the century being shot.
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I recently shot some 30-06 military ammo that was made in 1943. Also a couple of rounds of Windchester silvertip 220gr that I purchased in 1985.

    Short answer --- A real Long Time.
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have 1909 Brit .303 ammo that is still good to go
     
  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Recently burned a box of pre WW2 .25/35 Win. Just perfect! Cool, dry and stable is all you need.