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Posted: 1/5/2012 7:01:13 PM EDT
I have several tins of 30+ year old smokeless powder left from my dad. He reloaded long ago. I don't, but might someday. Could it be used, or just I just get rid of it?

I don't reload, but I might someday, so I still have his dies and am keeping cases.

Sorry for the newb question. I know little of powder and loading.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 7:30:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 7:34:42 PM EDT
Is red dust good or bad?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 7:43:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 3:57:15 AM EDT
Red dust= bad

Toss the powder out on the lawn, its a good fertilizer.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 9:25:22 AM EDT
This morning I loaded and shot .45acp with RedDot that is mid 1960 manufacture. It appears to shoot the same as new stuff. It was always stored in a controlled environment. This was inherited when my father past away last year. I also have some HS5 that is older and appears to be good.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 11:25:34 AM EDT
I have several containers that range from 20-40 yrs old. Loaded some 38 spcl from some really old Unique (cardboard container) and some 223 from some old 4320, and both shot fine. As stated above, look for red dust and watch out for a nasty ass rotten egg smell.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 11:52:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 2:32:42 PM EDT
If the powder has a fresh solvent smell and no red dust it is just fine. I have a friend that was still shooting old pre-IMR Dupont powder from the 1920s about ten years ago.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 9:05:57 PM EDT
I loaded and shot a coffee can of some red dot looking powder my dad used in the 70's a year ago. Just found another can of some powder too, I dont know what it is but he only loaded 12ga with the same charge bar so I have at it. I also have about 1000 paper 12ga shells, those I probably will not use.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 5:22:57 AM EDT
Years ago I picked up a can of SOLO 1000 that was in the round cardboard style container to load .45ACP. That can made over 1400 rounds of bullets and they shoot great. I have no idea of how old that can of powder was. I also have some old tins of NORMA on the shelf that is old too.
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