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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chambersburg, PA
Re: Does powder go bad?
As Jester noted, taking a gun from the warmth of a home or cabin outside can create a few problems. If you loaded the gun inside, the warm barrel can condensate as he noted and run down the barrel and be absorbed by the powder. Loading your gun outside after you walk from a warm house or cabin can do the same thing.
I usually wipe out my barrel and load my gun on the porch. I'll either leave it on the back porch or put it in the truck for the next day. I've never had a problem with condensation.
Also, I'm still shooting 2X and 3X Goex powder that I purchased in bulk back in the late '70s when it was $3.10 a pound...that's right $3.10. As long as you keep it sealed and dry, it will last a long time.
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