Originally Posted by Camshaft
Can't really sum it up any better than that, I am finally wising up and buying powder by the 5/8lb keg rather than 1lb. Lot to lot consistency seems to be a joke these day with most powders I use. Not gonna mention company names, but it starts with H and ends with N, lol.
Funny Hogdon is the one I always had the least trouble with.
What I'd do when buying a new powder is get a one pound can, making sure they had plenty more and/or some 5's/8's in stock from the same lot. If it worked well I'd buy enough to load a thousand rounds and just sit on it.
Like the old saying goes, just keep your poweder dry and it lasts for decades.
I'm glad I don't shoot as much though as I did twenty years ago. I could never afford it considering how much components cost.
When I got out of the service the first time I burned the barrels completely out of a number one ruger in .220 swift three times in one year sending prairie dogs to prairie rat heaven.