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    H380

    Among the items I purchased at an estate sale was a cardbox containing 7 lbs. of H380 powder in a type of paper (yes paper) bag. This was the original factory packaging and when I checked with Hodgson they advised that if that powder had been kept cool and dry (it was stored in a gun room in a finished basement) it would be good for 100 years. Has anyone had any experience with powder that's been stored for 40 plus years??

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    Don't use it!!

    Send it to me for proper disposal!

    All kidding aside, it should be good to go as long as it was stored correctly. I have a bunch of assorted powders that I have acquired from a few old timers who got out of reloading due to their age and gave me some stuff. To date it all has gone bang.

    Just work up a load from start and watch for pressure signs along the way as some older powders were blended differently and might burn a bit different.

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    Very good midrange ball powder, meters well, use a mag. primer, excellent in 22-250 6mm, .243, etc.....Not for reduced loads!

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    Thanks, I'm always a little anal about starting/maximum loads etc. I've also got a nice little 22-250 that might just like a change of diet. Be interesting to see how it Chrony's out.

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