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Shelf Life of Powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by t7731, Jul 24, 2012.

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  1. t7731

    t7731 Member

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    I borrowed a reloader from a friend that had some Red Dot left in one of the bottles. He has no idea how old it is. Does powder go bad after a certain amount of time. It has not been sealed air tight of course.
     
  2. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Just load and shoot it, if you can see the red dots in the powder that means it's not that old. I have red dot that's more then 40 years old and the red dots are almost undetectable and the powder is good.
     
  3. Pull & Mark

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    Who is the manufacturer on the container??? Not that is really matters as it will work fine. Use today's data and you should have no problems. break em all Jeff
     
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    Im still shooting Red Dot the canister says was made in 1975. No problems with the powder through about 8 pounds.

    Rob
     
  5. Dustoff

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    I just loaded some Red Dot that was forty years old. It worked fine.
     
  6. t7731

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    OK great. The guy I got the stuff from is only about 30 years old and it still has some Red Flec left in it. I will load it up and let er rip.
     
  7. Trap4

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    As long as it is kept in a cool Dry area it will last forever---
     
  8. BigM-Perazzi

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    And, it's in its original container, not a bag with a handwritten notes says 'probably Red Dot'...
     
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    I got two jars of 4895 from my father that he got from the military in 1958. It was stored in the basement which was cool. I am finishing the last of it up in 30/06 M1. Was just fine after all those years. Jeff
     
  10. t7731

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    No original container. It has been in the reloader bottle with a piece of paper taped to it that says "red dot"
     
  11. BigM-Perazzi

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    In that case!! use it to burn a hole in your grass, fertilize your roses, or get rid of a bad relationship...

    as an example, my tubes say Winchester Super Handicap on one side, Alliant extra Lite on the other, and have Clay Dot in them right now....

    Feel lucky??
     
  12. tsosin

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    If it's been kept dry, it will last longer than most marraiges.
     
  13. OldPshtr

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    Was told by a powder company that powder does not have
    a shelf life. If it doesn't have an acid-vinegar odor
    it is okay.

    Doyal
     
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    I always thought powder was good til it turned to Nitro,and I believe it had to get wet to do that.If it turns,don't move it.LMAO

    Doug H.
     
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    just hope he didn't forget to remove the red dot paper and put the Blue Dot one on....
     
  16. BudsterXT

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    If you do not know what it is. dump it on the ground, have some compassion for the guys standing next to you at the range.

    Better Safe than having to say, while stammering, I thought.... it would be OK...


    Kenny U.
     
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