Mixing Different Lots Same Powder

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by hnts4fun, Aug 12, 2019.


Help Support Long Range Hunting by donating:


  1. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Messages:
    4,815
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    I bought a big plastic tote and I will wipe it out with dryer sheet and just dump all my powders in it and mix them very good and then place back in 8 lb jugs. I typically start adding 1 lb jugs when I get down to half a jug or so.
     
  2. dxlbaile

    dxlbaile Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    119
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2015
    Mixing has worked well for me.. As stated above just use a large plastic container that you can wipe down with a dryer sheet and make your own lot of powder. Decrease a few grains and work it back up.. Good luck and happy shooting.
     
  3. hnts4fun

    hnts4fun Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    325
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Many thanks! Heading to the dollar store for a large plastic container and I will grab dryer sheets and a wooden spoon along the way. :)
     
  4. Impulsive

    Impulsive Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    The powder manufactures ship their powder in non static containers.

    Do you not think the ride from here to there, through different climate zones, in a big truck, would be more, or less violent as compared to you shanking it around in a like container?
    I have mixed lots of odds and ends of the same powder. I use the container it came in, and if you have an empty 4 or 8 pounder the mixing is very efficient.
    Working a load back up after the mixing is not a big deal usually.
     
  5. TBell

    TBell Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    45
    Joined:
    May 12, 2012

    I did that with my H1000 powder mixed 5 #1 cans then put them back in the original cans, then marked each with a mixed note.

    Worked fine now they are all the same lot.
     
  6. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Messages:
    4,815
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    Yeah my clothes don’t have static when they go in the dryer but when I get them out! Oh snap static exist. Same as when u dump powder in a powder thrower and u see them sticking to the sides.
     
  7. Michael Smith

    Michael Smith Member

    Messages:
    19
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2018
    I called Hodgon and ask them about that and he said it is not advisable. I had two bottles of 8208 but different lot #'s. He said that powders degrade at different rates, lot #'s, and even in the same lot #. After it has been used and exposed will also degrade at different rates. In summation he agreed that it is not a good idea. He said they try to keep it as consistent possible but there are still variations although slight.
     
  8. Old Blue Dawg

    Old Blue Dawg Member

    Messages:
    8
    Joined:
    Tuesday
    What seems to have been missed is that RL 33 is used in large amounts in large cartridges. I use it in my 338 RUM 1000 yard steel banger. When you use 90-100 gr of anything, lot #s really don't mean much. Not a bit like loading Lil Gun in a 22 Hornet !

    338rum.JPG
     
    Lefty7mmstw likes this.
  9. Impulsive

    Impulsive Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    What would you except them to say?
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019 at 5:35 PM
  10. Impulsive

    Impulsive Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
     
  11. alf

    alf Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    922
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2007
    Back in the early 90's when I started 1K BR, I settled on H-4831-SC for my 6.5-284's, and ordered six 8 pounders, & asked for all the same lot if possible. Ended up with 3 jugs of one lot, 2 jugs of another, and a lonely jug of it's own lot.

    I cleaned out two big totes and dumped all six together, then proceeded to pouring them back and forth between totes like the mad scientist till I figured they were mixed well enough.

    I still have a jug & a half left, & it shoots just fine. I never hesitate to mix like powders.
     
  12. Pete Callamaras

    Pete Callamaras Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    136
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2019
    Put them all in a tumbler (if it fits) and run for about 20 minutes. That should combine it thoroughly.
     
  13. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Messages:
    1,283
    Joined:
    May 10, 2017
    Load data doesn't have lot numbers? I would put it all in a clean 5 gallon plastic
    bucket snap the lid on and shake it good. Work out a load and use it.
     
    turkeyfever likes this.
  14. Michael Smith

    Michael Smith Member

    Messages:
    19
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2018
    The rest of the conversation was a more in depth discussion on consistency on the loads worked up with the mix rather than keeping them separated. He wasn't blowing smoke. Do what you want, after that conversation I'm not mixing them not worth it for a few pennies.
     
    Greyfox likes this.