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Buffalogun
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Posted: October 06 2017 at 1:36pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

For any who have never seen bad smokeless powder. This is what was left of a half-pound of Dupont IMR 4350 that was given to me several years ago.
I have no idea how old it was but it is gone. I ignited it and it burned slowly and with less energy than fresh powder. And, it had an acrid smell and was in the old metal can.



Keep yer powder dry!


Mike

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Posted: October 06 2017 at 2:26pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

See, Uncle Leo was right! Black Powder baby!
It never goes sour!

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Posted: October 06 2017 at 2:34pm | IP Logged Quote joed

It doesn't have to be old to go bad, storage has a lot to do with it.   I
always keep mine in a cool dry place.   

But on another note I don't think I own any powder over 6 years old.
I try to use what I have.

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Posted: October 06 2017 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Been shooting up a bunch of Alcan 5 which has to be at least 40 years old and was stored in my Dad's non climate controlled barn in Texas. Seems to be fine. I'm sure some are more sensitive to temperature than others. It's also in a cardboard container with a metal lid. Maybe that makes a difference.

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Posted: October 07 2017 at 5:26am | IP Logged Quote rich2

Just as an FYI for the future. If anyone ever has old powder that has gone bad, it makes excellent fertilizer for the garden or lawn.


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