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Old 11-25-2020, 09:45 PM
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I was gathering some guns to take to cabin next week including a .223 Ranch Rifle and Ruger #1 in .223.

So, for kicks, loaded some military brass with 55 grain FMJ for the first time ever. When going through some older powder, I discovered a can that was literally beginning to fall apart. SO GLAD I looked up on that shelf and pulled this down. NO, it was not the powder I used today.

Several years ago, I "bought out" a guy who was getting out of reloading and knowing he had good reloading habits, I bought several cans of opened powder. All of it has been good until today...........

Note in the close-up of front, a little finger pressure penetrated the rusty metal.......

This is the first time since beginning reloading in 1969 I ever saw this happen. Am thinking that one can went
through a reaction with moisture, metal, and powder and began breaking down quickly at some point. This can was in that lot I purchased from that fellow mentioned above.

Will open and burn tomorrow. Don't want to throw into the garbage.

Y'all take care, Just call me Rusty
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Old 11-25-2020, 10:00 PM
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Burn it at night. Drop it in a 2in pipe. Makes 6ft flame for about 3 seconds
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Old 11-26-2020, 12:31 AM
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I have spread unwanted powder on flowers, gives them a nice boost!
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:01 AM
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you should move your reloading bench out of the room with the hot tub and sauna!
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Old 11-26-2020, 06:57 PM
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I have spread unwanted powder on flowers, gives them a nice boost!
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Especially when you light it off.

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Old 11-26-2020, 08:07 PM
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You must have high humidity in that room or the solvents ate the can. I've had a few cans like that and they were fine in CA.
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Old 11-27-2020, 08:13 AM
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Single base smokeless powder does not last forever, even stored under the best of conditions. One of the most time consuming operations in the manufacture of nitrocellulose is to wash/neutralize the residual acid. Inhibiters are added to slow down the effects of any trace amounts of acid, but with time/temperature degradation can occur. I have had IMR powder show signs of going bad - look for small rust spots on inside of can - which I promptly disposed of. Most obvious tip-off to powder degradation is an acidic smell or a reddish residue mixed in with the powder, or a combination of both. I've also had some ball powder that had clumped together after being unused for a couple decades. Disposed of that also.
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Old 11-27-2020, 04:39 PM
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Guess that's why most is in plastic these days.
I have cans of powder from the 50 and 60s that are still in good condition. Well, I say good, after seeing that one, I am going to do some investigation.
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Old 11-28-2020, 09:36 AM
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Apply the sniff test... really basic, but it seems to work.

If the powder smells like fresh powder, it's GTG.

If it smells like ammonia, use it to fertilize the garden.

The oldest powder I have on hand is probably 20 years old. It has lived in the garage in Florida and now Texas for most of that time. Dry-ish but not necessarily cool conditions. Still smells fresh.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:31 AM
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Guess that's why most is in plastic these days.
I have cans of powder from the 50 and 60s that are still in good condition.
Nope, it was a packaging cost factor. It is cheaper to package in plastic than in metal these days.
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