"Bucketing" or mixing powder from different lots. What say yee?

TRexF16

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I try it once with alliant reloder 22 with Disastrous results .I guess it depends on brand but I won’t do it with alliant reloder powder
Thanks for responding, but what was the disastrous result? I'm just trying to understand. I don't question in the least that a bad thing happened to you, just want to know what it was, as I have never heard of that occurring before.
Thanks in advance,
Rex
 

esshup

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I don't blend just for the specific reason of the companies issuing powder recalls years after the powder hit the shelves. Then what do you do? Toss out the whole mixed batch?? I just buy in the biggest container possible, or if buying one pound containers, I look at the lot numbers on them and sort by lot there at the store. If I have to re-work a load, so be it.
 

azsugarbear

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A wise word to the married guys: Do not use your wife's plastic mixing bowls to blend lots. The fine powder gets down into the scratched and will not come out. I paid for this mistake every time my wife got it out to make a salad. I finally hid it away in my reloading room and went and got her a new one.

Happy wife - Happy life.
 

javman

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My only concern would be if what if there would be a recall on one of the lots? Just saying. I've don't it but only with the same lot number.
 

swilk14

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Thanks for the great info! I have 8lbs Varget, 3 diff lots. Mixing now.
 

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Blacktail63

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I make sure I use nonferrous mixing implements; wood, glass or plastic. Been mixing lots for years. When I refill 1lbers I fill them to the top and work from the partial. Saves a lot of room on the powder shelves.
 

Mike Matteson

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For most rifles it would only take about 16lbs of powder to out last the barrel. I have hardly had any problem with powder and changes from one lot to another. With shotguns I have never worry about it,nor had any problem. Now I generally use H4350, H4831SC, and MRP powders for rifles The only others I use is W760. Going to run some test this year on temperature variance. With me having a new rifle being built, I am adding H1000, and 1 other powder to my list. I stay away for Reloads and IMR powder for rifles do to heat extremes. The only problem now is getting 16lbs at one time.
 

Eagleye242

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I have been mixing different lot numbers of the same powder for decades. It is the way to get consistency for a longer period of time without having to re-work your load when you get a new lot #
Never ran into the recall issue yet, but if it happens, it happens. Life is too short to fill my "worry box" with possible
occurrences. Regards, Dave.
 

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