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RB in GA
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Posted: October 27 2017 at 4:39pm | IP Logged Quote RB in GA

Slick wrote:
I have 3 of the old cube-shaped cans of
Hercules Bullseye, Unique, and 2400 from the early
1960's. The contents still look and smell just like the
new stuff in the plastic bottles.

I've shot a lot of surplus ammo that dates all the way
back to WWII and it works good as new. I suspect powder
has a longer shelf-life than I do...






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Posted: October 27 2017 at 4:40pm | IP Logged Quote RB in GA

Slick wrote:
I have 3 of the old cube-shaped cans of
Hercules Bullseye, Unique, and 2400 from the early
1960's. The contents still look and smell just like the
new stuff in the plastic bottles.

I've shot a lot of surplus ammo that dates all the way
back to WWII and it works good as new. I suspect powder
has a longer shelf-life than I do...


Good to hear from ya Slick. I haven't seen you post in a
while.

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joed wrote:
The Benchmark had a red dust in it which was
never there before
and a strange odor. I looked on the container and noticed
it is 8
years old.    The others that went bad were from that time
or slightly
older.


Yep, that's the classic sign of powder deterioration. I
guess I'm lucky because mine seems normal but it's seven
years old.
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Posted: October 28 2017 at 9:49am | IP Logged Quote joed

All these powders were stored in a cool and dry environment so I
was really surprised to find some went bad. Especially the
Benchmark.

But, I will be checking all my powders from now on.


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Posted: October 29 2017 at 2:28pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

About 5 or so years ago my wife started griping about all the gun
powders I had stored in the house. Not many options so I found a good
running refrigerator for $50 and I store my powder out in a shed in the
"fridge".
When I plan to do a reloading session, the powder of choice is removed
from the fridge the day before and placed in the house. No gripes even
from an 8 pounder and thought I usually transfer a about a pound to an
appropriately marked can for easier handling. Been working just fine so
far. he good news is if there should be a fire, I'll lose a bunch of powder
and a shed, but not the house.
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