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  • Powder stored in storage unit. Still any good?

     james updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 14 Posts
  • james

    Member
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    So I’m getting back into reloading for obvious reasons. Had 6 pounds of powder in a storage unit. Is it still any good? It smelled and looked fine to me.

  • [deleted]

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I’m no expert but I’d say as long as it didn’t get humid, you’re good. I load with powder older than that all the time.

    If it was me, I wouldn’t be the least bit worried about it

  • Key-Rub118

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I used up a few old tins this year, in my experience if it’s still grey/black and dry it’s just fine, if it’s developed a orange/red hue or reeks when you sniff it chuck it.

  • blue-penguin86877

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve read about people using powder 20+ years old that they found in parents basement with no issue. The only thing people asked about was if it smelled off or was discolored

  • AUrugby

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    It should be ok if stored properly

  • ATrashPandaRound2

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Unless it smells acrid or acidic you should be fine.

  • StepVanity

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Pour it out, so you can give it a quick visual. If it looks/smells normal, go and load up a few rounds. Take it from there…

    …odds are it’s all good.

  • TheHomersapien

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    The flow chart for this is pretty simple: did the power get wet? No: you’re good. yes: it’s fertilizer.

  • ocelot_piss

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    You could store it at the bottom of the Mariana trench provided it’s suitably packaged.

  • [deleted]

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I feel like you left out a key piece of information here….

  • whoNeedsPavedRoads

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Always test a small run before making a ton

  • 4thdegreeknight

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Before we bought our current house, I had packed up all my reloading equipment and supplies for almost 2 years in a storage unit before I set up my bench in the new house again. I had powder and primers in my stash that was over 8 years old so I reloaded a few different rounds and shot shells and everything worked fine.

  • whathephuk

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I bought a BUNCH of H4350 and Unique in the late ’80’s early ’90’s still using it with no problems (I’m going to hate to start buying again).

  • Grendelman64

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    If it smells OK and hasn’t turned reddish- load and go. I’ve shot powder from the early 70’s after 2010. It was fine.

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