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 Post subject: Old Powder
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:44 pm 
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Getting back into the clays after being away for ~40years. Recently purchased all needed supplies to begin reloading again and found after going through my old supplies that I have ~1 pound of Dupont 700X from that era. Is it worth using or should I just dispose?




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 Post subject: Re: Old Powder
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:36 pm 
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From what I've read here and heard from many others, if the powder doesn't give off an acrid smell it's ok to use:

https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=423766
https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=496790
https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=173116
https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=454894

Whether it's worth using though is another story. If you're getting back into reloading you'll probably have a lot of variables to concern yourself with. Powder in an unknown state adds another degree of uncertainty. Will that powder be identical to new? Probably not. Will you be getting acceptable performance from it? Who knows. But it's probably ok to use.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Powder
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:15 pm 
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Use it.

If you've been away from shooting for 40 years, you'll be more off your game than the 700X is.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Powder
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:17 pm 
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burn it up and get some more.
I have powder and primers older than that, I use it when I need it.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Powder
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:24 am 
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SmithG wrote:
Getting back into the clays after being away for ~40years. Recently purchased all needed supplies to begin reloading again and found after going through my old supplies that I have ~1 pound of Dupont 700X from that era. Is it worth using or should I just dispose?

Unscrew the lid and smell it.

If it smells like you are snorting a vinegar bottle, dump it in the yard.

If it smells like gunpowder ("light commercial solvents" (similar to Ether to me)), make ammo and shoot it up properly.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Powder
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:33 am 
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+1 on OldStuffer


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 Post subject: Re: Old Powder
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:26 pm 
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