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Old 10-18-2018, 05:54 PM   #1
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What is the oldest powder you you have ever loaded with ? I just loaded 45 rounds of 30-06, with a sealed can of 3031. It has been in my inventory since 94, or 96. We will see tomorrow how it does.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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It's good, I've been using some 335 from the 80's.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:36 PM   #3
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I have some from back in the 70's with no issues.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:21 AM   #4
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You’ll shoot your eye out.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:25 AM   #5
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I hope not I just got new glasses.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:34 AM   #6
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Iím using some H3841 I bought in 1980. Still goes bang.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:59 PM   #7
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I have powders from mid 80’s I’ve loaded. As long as it’s stayed in a climate controlled environment it will be good.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:57 PM   #8
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Iím using some H3841 I bought in 1980. Still goes bang.
Talk about dyslexia.


Modern powders really don't degrade as long as they are stored correctly. I traded for some powder that included a couple of tins of IMR with the old labels and it shoots as good as my newer lots.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:05 AM   #9
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It worked fine about 1" group, at 100 yards. That about the best I can do with my 38 year Winchester.
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:50 PM   #10
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I shot a service rifle match in 1992 with an M1 Garand and 1943 headstamped ball ammo, powder worked OK I guess for being 50 years old. Had to clean it exceedingly well because of the original corrosive primers.

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Old 10-21-2018, 01:52 PM   #11
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It worked fine about 1" group, at 100 yards. That about the best I can do with my 38 year Winchester.
Not trying to be a know it all but 3031 is not the best choice for 30 06
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:07 PM   #12
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48g 3031, 150g Sierra gameking, WW case, Remington 9 1/2 primer. My rifle has always liked it. Back when I was younger it would shoot five shot clusters all day.
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:03 PM   #13
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I just loaded some 9mm XTPs with some Hercules Blue Dot from the early 80s. They still go bang!

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Old 10-22-2018, 09:58 AM   #14
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It's good, I've been using some 335 from the 80's.

Same here. Also a can of IMR 3031 from the 70's. No issues at all.
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Old 10-23-2018, 11:20 PM   #15
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Mid to early 70s easily. Not sure but maybe even a few cans from the 60s. All of it has been pistol powder though. Or cheap plinking rifle ammo.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:44 PM   #16
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I have about a pound of 5 year old Varget and 1/4 full containers of 4831SC and RL25 if anyone wants it. If you are close free to come by and grab it.
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:55 AM   #17
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I won't use it if it doesn't pass the smell test...some turn WAY before others but a hint of ammonia & will l poor it out in the yard. Just not worth it.
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