New lot of powder is clumping

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Moman, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Moman

    Moman Well-Known Member

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    I just opened a new 7 lb. lot of H-1000 and see it has clumps in it about the size of a fist. I think the powder is ok since it breaks apart easily but has anyone had this happen before?
     
  2. Gene

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    "Size of a fist?" Wow, that is a lot. You say it is a seven lb. can; Hodgen makes 1 lb. and 8 lb. containers only, as far as I know. Did you buy it partially empty? I suspect dampness got in it.
    I would try spreading all of it on a newspaper in a dry environment for a few days. If you allow the dampness to remain in it, your loads will be erratic, but not necessarily dangerous.
     

  3. Long Time Long Ranger

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    Best guess is your powder either got wet at some time or top was open in heavy humidity. Spread it and dry it good. It will still shoot but I wouldn't get real picky with the groups it may produce. Could get some erratic extreme velocity spreads. Good luck. Sometimes I use suspicious powder to blow out brass, fireform, work up load developement, etc so I get use out of it. It could be fine and do well.
     
  4. Moman

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    Thanks guys. I'm going to try it today and see how it does, and yes it is an 8 lb container. It's brand new unopened until now and only about 10 months old. I have hope that it may be ok since it breaks apart real easy. Not clumped real hard and if I touch it with a ball point pen it completely breaks apart. Thanks.
     
  5. Long Time Long Ranger

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    If it is a new can I bet it shoots fine. I thought it was an older opened can.
     
  6. Moman

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    Thanks LTLR. It's brand new and has been stored right. Heading for the range.
     
  7. RockZ

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    I had the same thing happen with the same powder! I too had a brand new container and I store it indoors.
    It shot great
     
  8. Moman

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    Yeah, it looks like it's good. I shot it the other night and it's shooting very consistent. Thanks for the replies.