Concerns 7 year old powder?

Zen Archery

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I’m pulling a barrel off a rifle and realized I’ve got about 200 rounds of ammo that equals a lot of Varget (30.06). Any concerns reusing powder this old particular since it’s been sitting in a case? Do/can primers change the molecular integrity of the powder?
Thanks in advance.
 

Trnelson

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Should not be any issue. Check it for any discoloration, such as a rusty color. A splotchy dark and light appearance, such as one case that the powder appears different. Also a strong smell is usually associated with powder that has gone bad. Dump them one at a time into an isolated dish to examine them and then combine once you can verify the condition.
 

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Like others have said check for smell and discoloration by pouring into a big mixing bowl. I had some Retumbo that was 10 years old, but I keep all my powder in conditioned air. The only issue I had was some clumping, I broke up the clumps and it shot just fine.
 

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I put a label on all of my powder and primers indicating the month & year of purchase. I have a can of powder that I bought in 2003 and probably haven't used it since then. Just recently I gave it a try just out of curiosity. The powder ignited normally, velocities were as expected and the groups were tight. I was kind of amazed.
 

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I’m pulling a barrel off a rifle and realized I’ve got about 200 rounds of ammo that equals a lot of Varget (30.06). Any concerns reusing powder this old particular since it’s been sitting in a case? Do/can primers change the molecular integrity of the powder?
Thanks in advance.
I've used and still use powders that I've had for decades with zero issues.
 

del2les

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As long as the ammo has not been exposed to high moisture or extended high heat, you should be fine.
I have some old varmint handloads that I found that were loaded in 1983, and they shoot well. Also, as others have stated, I have shot
old mil surplus 30-06 with dates of 43-53, and they worked fine. I have a few old cans of powder that date to the mid 80's, and I still use them for the occasional loads to replicate a few of my old pet loads from the time.
 

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