Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Reloading

Reloading Berger Bullets


Old Powder

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 08-24-2007, 07:46 AM
Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Skagit Valley WASHINGTON
Posts: 160
Old Powder

I didn't reload for several years and I have many cans of older powder sitting around that are anywhere from 8 to 12 years old. The powder has been kept dry but has been exposed to extreme temperatures (I lived in Las Vegas for 9 years). First is the powder safe or will there be any change in performance? And second, if it is not, what is the best way to dispose of it?
Bill C
Ignorance is bliss...unless you're aware of it.
Reply With Quote

Unread 08-24-2007, 03:44 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: MN
Posts: 1,219
I can not say wether or not the powder is good (I just don't know), but I will tell you that I usually soak my powder in oil before desposing it. I think that oil will all but nullify the explosive properties of powder. I would wait for some second thoughts on that before dumping oil in your old cans thought. I have never disposed of more than a few ounces of powder at a time. YOu could always burn it by putting it in a long narrow windrow and lighting it too (not the safest way however).
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
Reply With Quote
Unread 08-24-2007, 07:24 PM
Bronze Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Posts: 44
Like the previous post, I can't tell. However, I have used old powder in a number of reloads. I always start low and chronograph the results. I then look at what I got from the chronograph against what I expected to get. I then adjust the load data accordingly.

If I see rust or a strong odor that doesn't have that ether smell, I now have a can of fertilizer and it is just hand sowed/broadcast on my lawn. No more problem.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads for: Old Powder
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fast powder vs Slow powder ???? Iron Worker Reloading 7 11-22-2011 10:59 AM
what powder is what ? ndragon Reloading 23 08-18-2009 03:26 PM
FS powder (IN) safarihunter Reloading Equipment and Components 1 07-15-2009 09:37 AM
vit powder col48 Reloading 0 05-02-2006 01:59 PM
RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure & Powder Trickler The Butcher Guns For Sale 2 03-11-2003 10:51 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:21 PM.

All content ©2010-2015 Long Range Hunting, LLC