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Old 01-30-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
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I used to do a bit of loading for several calibers but I haven't done much in the last 7 years (I was busy for a few years working and going to school full time). I have been shooting during that time but just not loading my own ammo.I still have quite a bit of powder and primers from then. I have been having the desire to do some loading lately and when I checked it seems like the things that I need are hard to find due to the panic so I was wondering what the shelf life on these things may be. Any gerneral ideas? They have been my garage which gets hot in the Houston summers.

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Primers should be fine.

Powder---maybe. High heat can cause problems.
Look at it, smell it. If it doesn't seem right dump it. Makes
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Welcome mrappe and let me be the first to say I don't have a clue what you're looking for but , none-the-less, welcome to the forum!

I'm sure someone with this info will be glad to jump in and help.

Got any Colt 1911 questions?

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It is unlikely there is any problem with your "old" powder and primers. I still have a little H-4831 WWII surplus and some mix of primers from the late 60s that all work just fine.

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If the powder has been sealed, smell it. If it has a nasty acidic smell dump it on the St. Augustine. A solvent smell is normal. When in doubt, I'll take it off your hands next time I get to H-town.

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Houston gets pretty humid in the summer. Could that cause problems?

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Humidity can be a problem with primers. You can put the primers in a sealed ammo can with several desicant packs. Leave it sealed for a couple of weeks. Load a few test rounds with a sampling of the primers and shoot em. If they are 100%, go ahead and load them up. I would not necessarily use them for anything but target practice ammo.

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I used to do a bit of loading for several calibers but I haven't done much in the last 7 years (I was busy for a few years working and going to school full time). I have been shooting during that time but just not loading my own ammo.I still have quite a bit of powder and primers from then. I have been having the desire to do some loading lately and when I checked it seems like the things that I need are hard to find due to the panic so I was wondering what the shelf life on these things may be. Any gerneral ideas? They have been my garage which gets hot in the Houston summers.

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