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? Red Dot Powder?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Big Jack, Apr 17, 2011.

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  1. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

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    Inherited a container of Labeled RED DOT Powder but after checking it out I find there are no Red Flakes as in a new supply I have (Packaged by Alliant). The flakes appear the same in size & color but without the red identifying flakes. It was packaged by Hurcules many moons ago. First impulse is to make flower bed additive of it but I thought I would check with the masses..Have you ever run into Red Dot without the color flakes?

    Big Jack
     
  2. southjblue

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    Try a couple loads and you will tell---
     
  3. Border Bandit

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    I vote for the flower bed.
     
  4. Ross

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    CALL ALLIANT they will have the info you need. Ross Puls
     
  5. Borchardt

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    Flower bed.
     
  6. Ajax

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    Is it in a metal container and was it sealed?

    Ajax
     
  7. wayneo

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    Ajax has a good point, was it sealed? If it wasn't, remember the old saying: If in doubt throw it out. Alli ant will tell you the same thing. Does it smell good, or have a sour smell to it?

    FWIW I inherited some Green Dot from 1969 a few years ago, and the green flakes had faded to the point you could barely see them. It loaded and shot just fine.

    Wayne
     
  8. dverna

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    Any opened container of powder from an unknown source should not be used.

    Don Verna
     
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    I agree with dverna 100%. powder from an unknown source is trouble!!

    Jason in PA
     
  10. WesleyB

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    IN DOUBT THROW OUT
     
  11. mag410

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    Send it to me, I know just exactly what to do with it.

    I will be happy to pay the shipping for any amount of "unknown" powder.

    Michael Goines
     
  12. southjblue

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    If you really want to keep it and have concern,make a couple loads with 1/3 charge and work your way up to a regular charge---I had some R.D. hanging around for over 15 yrs in an opened container and when I went back to shooting I used it like when I left it---find an old gun and secure in a vise with a string to the trigger and POW---Not to worry---If that won't work,send to mag410--Or me---I'm just about out of powder---I shoot a-lot of practice alone so no fellow shooter will be in danger--I'll let you know what happened---JMO---George@SJB---
     
  13. Dr.Longshot

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    Load 17 grains w 1 1/8th oz and give it a go, that charge is not heavy, load it in a Federal Gold medal case.

    I think the powder is OK

    Take a cup and spread it on a paper towel and look at it with a magnifying glass bet you will see red flakes but they will appear faded.

    GB
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  14. JerryP

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    I checked some Hercules Red Dot I have from the late '70's and the red flakes are there but had to look closely to see them.
     
  15. Big Jack

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    Well, some of you fellas hit the nail on the head,,After much closer examination, I found some very faded red flakes in the container. Smells just like a newer container but I'll still test a couple of low pressure loads first.
    Thanks for your input!

    Big Jack
     
  16. Ajax

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    That's the reason I asked if it was in metal container. I opened one not to long ago(probably made in the 60's) and could not see any Red Dots. I really had to look hard to see them, they had faded so much.

    Ajax
     
  17. Ahab

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    I acquired an almost full metal can of Red Dot and about 150 lbs of shot from an estate.

    No red flakes ... so I asked my gunsmith what to do? He said that Red Dot flakes will fade over time and that it would be OK to use.

    He said if I had any doubts to load one hull with a weighed amount of 17 grains and the 17.5, then 18 then 18.5 grains. Take them out with my normal loads and compare , starting with the 17 grain load.

    Wish that I could find another deal like that again.
     
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