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Age this Powder Keg

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by halfmile, Oct 30, 2007.

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  1. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    It don't seem like that long ago. I would guess about 15 years, maybe not that much.

    Hercules became Alliant in 93 or 94. I have a keg like that I toss my junk rifle brass in but it says Alliant on it.

    so your container is anywhere from 15 to 30 years old. Before that they used metal kegs.

    HM
     
  2. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    Halfmile is right they sold out about 13-15 years ago. I have an 8 pounder like yours unopened, I also have the Red Dot, and Green Dot metal ribbed cans with powder in them yet. The Red Dots in the metal can are fadeing away so you can hardly see them.
     
  3. WesleyB

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    My Red Dot container looks like that. I have had it for over 22 years.
     
  4. red barron

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    Green dot keg 1980's Cool whip bowl 1970"s
     
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    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

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    my Red Dot keg looks to be about the same vintage and was bought in the early 80's.
     
  6. hmb

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    Read the lot number. It was made on February 23, 1974. HMB
     
  7. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    red barron, LOL.

    Craftsman #2 Phillips screwdriver, 1980's.

    HM
     
  8. Inkspot Kelly's Great-Nephew

    Inkspot Kelly's Great-Nephew TS Member

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    I think hmb has it right. When I started shooting in 1973 that was like the first keg of Red Dot that I bought. Don't remember the price of it. Bought that and a sleeve of Alcan primers at the same time.

    Dave Shaeffer, Sr.
     
  9. shadow

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    Got one in my reloading room exactly like it. Bought the stuff in 1978.
     
  10. School Teacher

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    I still have a red dot container like that. As memory serves, 15 # of red dot was about $60 during the 1970's. The red dot of that era was like shooting soft coal. Kicked like a mule but broke targets.
     
  11. Gargoyle!

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    I will have to say the mid 70's becasue I have one also.
     
  12. Big Heap

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    In the mid 70's I was in the powder sales business and sold kegs like this at about $8,000 a ton. The Murphy Co. in Los Angeles was, and probably, is the West Coast distributor.

    W A MURPHY INC 626-444-9271


    4144 Arden Dr
    El Monte, CA 91731
    14.6MI from Los Angeles
     
  13. ks-trap-shooter

    ks-trap-shooter TS Member

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    When I was a young lad groing up, we had these all over my house. They were my GI Joes and Star Wars toy boxes. I use to keep all kinds of toys in those things. My father owner a large sporting goods store...I still remember the smell of those
     
  14. ks-trap-shooter

    ks-trap-shooter TS Member

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    P.S. Mid 80's
     
  15. ks-trap-shooter

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    P.S. Mid 80's
     
  16. hmb

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    Powder is good forever if you treat it right. For a small fee I will be glad to teach you how to read a lot number. Most lot numbers have a code to tell you the date of manufacture. HMB
     
  17. XT Bill

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    O.K- I understand the Feb. 23rd part.

    How did you establish the year ?

    Bill
     
  18. atashooter

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    A 15 pounder, boy, you don't see that no more...
     
  19. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Here's an oldie, age this one?

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    This is an old can, 4 pounder of Herco by the Hercules Powder Co. Hap
     
  20. hmb

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    Frank c moves to the head of the class. HMB
     
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