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Unread 05-20-2009, 06:37 PM
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Re: Powder storage

I would encourage you to buy small packages of desiccant to put in each bottle of powder. Works for me. I keep them also in my bullets that are in storage to slow down corrosion. Also in the primer packages. I put a couple packets in a Zip lock bag and add the bottle of powder or primers pkgs expell as much air as possible and seal up. Every couple months I replace and bake the desiccant low heat.

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    Re: Powder storage

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    I would encourage you to buy small packages of desiccant to put in each bottle of powder. Works for me. I keep them also in my bullets that are in storage to slow down corrosion. Also in the primer packages. I put a couple packets in a Zip lock bag and add the bottle of powder or primers pkgs expell as much air as possible and seal up. Every couple months I replace and bake the desiccant low heat.

    Wives can be really a challenge don't ask me HOW I KNOW.

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    Odavid; Not to question your practice of placing desiccant in powder containers, but I once
    read that all powders have a controlled moisture content and that it needed to be maintained
    to make the powder react consistently over a period of time.

    I have never done it but would like to know from a powder manufacture if it is ok or taboo.

    I even stopped buying bulk containers of powder because of opening them over and over
    in high humidity (The 1 lb cans only get opened once or twice and they are gone)

    If someone on this web site is or knows a person that works for a powder manufacturer
    please chime in.

    This would be something good to know for all of us.

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    Re: Powder storage

    Has anyone tried a vacuum sealer to break down bulk containers into usable portions?
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    Re: Powder storage

    Only gun powder I've ever had go bad was stored in my garage in Alaska which was exposed to some pretty significant seasonal temperature swings. These were two 1 lb cans of IMR 4831 that had never been opened. After about 10 years of storage, when I opened one of the cans I noticed what appeared to be a reddish-brown colored dust/stain coming off the powder and on the interior of the tin container. Couldn't really smell anything different. I used the powder for fire-forming shells rather than hunting loads, as a precaution. Later I read that the reddish dust was a tell-tale sign of powder gone bad.

    Since I never had any other obvious gun powder degradation problems over the past 35 years, I always suspected this powder deteriorated due to the multitude of temperature swings from summer to winter and back. In the winter, my garage was only kept a little above freezing. In the summer it would probably get up to perhaps 80F.
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    Re: Powder storage

    Here is another suggestion that might be a better or worse approach.


    11-07-2003, 07:28 PM
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    Re: Powder Storage
    I keep my 1 lb powder bottles in some Ammo cans with a packet of desiccant thrown in to absorb moisture, if any is present when the can is closed. (The can is gasket sealed but to be triple sure?)

    Cartridge cases are also an example of powder containers...
    Also I feel the carboard around the Cartridges will attract and hold moisture.

    Obviously I feel the Powder manufacture's are in the business of making powder and wanting to sell more powder; so do you think they will advise using dessicate to prevent a sale. I think no.

    I tell you what...... lets just see what happens to your powder over several years compared to mine.

    Opinions are free just an opinion. That is mine opinion and I am sticting to it.


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    Re: Powder storage

    When i was living at home i used what was the coal bin under the front porch, when the heater was changed to a gas heater it was cleaned out and my father and i moved his tools in to it as well as i with our guns and reloading equipment the temp stayed constant around 50's as most of it was below ground level only one window that was glass blocked with a vent.
    The ceiling the porch floor was concrete eight inches thick the rest was twelve inches thick rock and concrete, over fifteen years storeing and loading in this room saw no degrading of power or primers that we could see.
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