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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-22-2016, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Power when is it too old

I now date all of my power cans when I purchase them. However, I have part of a keg of 700 X I purchased in the mid seventies. I have recently shot several 12 ga. rounds that were loaded from the keg in the 80's with no issues. I have newer powers to use however, I must consider whether to reload with the older power or not. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-22-2016, 01:55 PM
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No reason not to use it if it was stored in decent environment. Should have slight acetone/alcohol smell to it. Can't see what it would hurt with target loads.
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Re: Power when is it too old

I just finished of an 8-pound keg of Red-dot last year, I bought it in the early 70’s. I quit reloading shot shells a few years back and it sat in the cabinet for years. When the powder shortage broke out, I used the Red-dot in cast rifle loads, it shot just fine.
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I recently finished a can of IMR-4895 that I got from a friend of my dad's. The price tag sticker was on it. $3.95 and it still shot great.
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As long as you keep reasonable temps/humidity I think it could be used a long time, I also used some from 70's..alcan if youremember
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Great to hear. I think I will load a box and try it.

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Re: Power when is it too old

I am still using the remains of a 25 lb keg of old 4831 from WWII that was used for 20mm rounds. It was sold as surplus in the early 60's.

I recently bought a 15 lb. keg of Herco that was made in the mid 60's. It works fine.
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Guess dog has the only real answer that counts! 70 years beats my stash...
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Re: Power when is it too old

We have a canister of hot cocoa mix from 1963 at the cabin. It was there when we bought it and I never threw it away. Now I keep it as a conversation piece.

I also have a jar of Coffee Mate from the 1970s. It's a glass jar with a metal lid. On the back, there is a wok offer. If you send in a few sheckles with the order form on the back, you can have your very own wok set. I should send it in and see what they say.
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