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50 year old gunpowder still goes whoooosh

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by oldgahchamp, Nov 3, 2010.

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  1. oldgahchamp

    oldgahchamp Active Member

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    I have had an 8oz can of Alcan A-8 hanging around for probably close to 50 years. I think I have had this since 1961 when I bought my first MOd 12 and a single stage Texan reloader.
    Several years ago I set it outside (slightly under cover). Today I noticed the bottom of the can had rotted out and powder was spilling out. I swept it up, took the can and poured it out on my gravel drive. I tossed a match at it and much to my surprise it was still very potent. (Be careful with old powders)! Larry Evans
     
  2. OldPshtr

    OldPshtr Member

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    If U had loaded it in a shell would probably went BANG.

    Doyal
     
  3. larrystrollo

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    Jeez Larry - why didn't you call me to watch?



    LMS
     
  4. hmb

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    A waste of good powder. HMB
     
  5. Bernie K

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    Larry, you could have tryed to put out Whoosh with you baseball cap. What is the logo on that hat again? Oh yea, NY. Next Year. Barney
     
  6. grntitan

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    "A waste of good powder" HMB

    Not True. Any time you get a whoooshh or bang with big flames its no waste. Thats entertainment to me but i'm not right you see. LOL

    Matt
     
  7. oleolliedawg

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    Reminds me of the time I dumped some old unidentified powder near my driveway. Some time later, one of my customers-a female-proceeded to drop her cigarette butt while seated on the rear of my van. You guessed it. It flamed up and likely singed the hair off her legs-if she had any. No further damage and we all got a few laughs.

    The moral of this story is be careful with old powder disposal!!
     
  8. NintyT

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    I had the pleasure of being a bomb tech, and at times had to dispose of 50 plus pounds of powder at a time. We just poured it out in a long curly line on the floor of a quary and set it off with time fuse. Broke my heart to see all that green dot, red dot and others go to waste!
     
  9. Tripod

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    used to load 58 grains a shell in my old sxs 10 ga.
     
  10. hmb

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    NintyT,

    You should have loaded up a few thousand shells with that powder for testing and evaluation. HMB
     
  11. Bob Griffith

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    For what it is worth, 10 years ago while working up loads for my new '06, I was using IMR 4064. Had new can of powder plus a can that was at least 30 years old. I loaded some with the 30 year old powder & it actually chronographed more uniformly than the new powder. Go figure! Both had been kept near a dehumidifier so no moisture issues. Guess sometimes older is better.
     
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