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Powders and Primers

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Chichay, Jul 23, 2011.

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  1. Chichay

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    Left in their original containers and assuming they're stored properly, how long before they deteriorate?
     
  2. Shooting Coach

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    Alliant has a batch of Unique made in 1898. From time to time they get out a pinch and test it. Still good.

    Answer? Nobody knows. 100 year old ammo, if stored halfway right, will still fire.
     
  3. skeet_man

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    Cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, they have no known shelf life. There's still ammo out there from the late 1800 that'll work as well as the day it was made.
     
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    Chichay--It's best if you send it all to me and i'll do some extensive testing on all of it over the next year or so. I will then send you a nicely printed report on how it all stored and performed. I do this service free of charge. All you need to do is get me the goods. How can you beat that deal? :)
     
  5. Pull & Mark

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    I'll best grntitan, I'll even pay you back for the shipping, after I receive the primers and powder. Break-em all Jeff
     
  6. warpspeed

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    I've got primers from the 1970's or so that still work just fine. I have not tried the powder from then, yet.
     
  7. notarget

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    I am still using Bullseye made in the Hercules Kenvil plant in 1964 with CCI pistol primers bought in 1968. Never had a problem with these components.
     
  8. CLP101

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    I still have a little bit of HS-5 from WW2 that works great. And primers I bought at a local shop that Have Cascade Cartridge Incorporated intead of CCI on them. Work great.
     
  9. Big Jack

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    I still have a batch of Alcan 209 primers from about 1975 & I still have a couple of loads that use them. Don't shoot many of those porch loads anylonger, I guess they'll last a little longer.

    Big Jack
     
  10. grntitan

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    Big Jack--I have 200 of the unused Alcan primers myself as well as a decent stash of Alcan Paper Hulls. I've never loaded either.
     
  11. setool

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    I have a one gallon "plastic" jug nearly full of Herco from the early 70's.

    I wonder if it is still good, since I opened it from the paper bags it came in (that was how my local guy sold it back then, from bulk), and put it in this jug. Wonder if it;s worth messin' with ???

    Mark S.
     
  12. slowdp

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    I used a cardboard container of Herco from the late 60's that had been stored in my garage all these years. No problem. I tested it first by putting a match to a small amount. The burn was slow and even.
     
  13. Ljutic111

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    Was alway told if it smelled like ammonia , it was not good otherwise use it . Try loading a box first and see how you like it .
     
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