Powder too old?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by specweldtom, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    I have a couple of un-opened cans of Pyrodex RS that are dated, I think, 1988, and 3 unopened cans of Elephant fff black powder dated, I think, 1993. All of them shake freely, and have been kept in dry storage. All are 1 lb cans.

    I don't know much about black powder or Pyrodex and am wondering what is a reasonable life for them.

    Thanks, Tom
     
  2. 41mag

    41mag Well-Known Member

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    Well I had a full can of the Elephant FFFg that I got in 86 that we shot some of this past new years from my cannon. Don't know if it slowed down any on the velocity of the 45 caliber round balls but it still went boom and was pretty entertaining.
     

  3. devildoc

    devildoc Well-Known Member

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    If kept cool, dry and airtight you ought to be just fine. You may have a little degradation over time, but you probably won't be able to notice it out of your smoke pole.
     
  4. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    I was given some Goex black powder, that I was told from the late 70's. It shot fine and consistant.