Any guesses as to how old?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by etcher1, May 30, 2012.

  1. etcher1

    etcher1 New Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    NW Arkansas
    While digging through my stuff to get set up reloading again, I found this.


    The one on the left is about 27 years old. The one on the right is new. I did load up 18 rounds of 44 mag with the old stuff. It all went off like it was brand new. Starting to get back into the groove of reloading. :D
    Anybody else have stuff this old or older?
  2. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Alliant still has some Unique from the first production lot, over 100 years ago, that is stored under water. Periodicity they have dried a sample and tested it. About 4 years ago, I was advised that it is still within chemical specification.

    As long as "Unique" propellant is stored in a cool place and shows no obvious signs of deterioration, it should be safe and good to load.

  3. zant

    zant Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    A friend of mines grandfather bought 3-100lb kegs of the orig H4831...and I have about 5lbs left I've been using in a 300H&H Imp for years....
  4. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    I used to buy Alliant powders in those paper/foil cans in the early 90s and I think I've seen em on the shelf just a few years ago too. It's not a real old one since it has the pop-up plastic spout. The old ones had a metal screw-top lid
    Not sure when they made the switch to the plastic cans but it's fairly recently.
    What is the price on it?

    Lemme go dig around on the back shelf...
    The 4198 isn't all that old. Got 4 or 5 of em from an auction sale a couple years back. Can't read the price tag on it, but I think it says $5.xx. The lot # is from Jun of '74.
    The P Pyrodex came from the same auction sale as the 4198. The powder still looks okay, but I'm not a Pyrodex shooter so it's still sitting unused in my locker.
    I've had that Bullseye can since I was in high school back in the late 80s...and it was old then. No pricetag or lot number on it anymore that I can read. It's got a 5-digit ZIP code on the address though so it isn't that old either.

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  5. etcher1

    etcher1 New Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    NW Arkansas
    My 1# can was $12.55.
  6. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I have several old metal cans as well. The only one I have a recent picture of is this one. The price says $12.75 and that current powder is over $20 now. Again, I am not sure when they switched to plastic. I have old style bullets that are no longer made too.

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  7. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    when i get home i'll take a pic of an old imr 4064 can i had.. metal lid, paper label on the rectangular can..
  8. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion
    I have a old Bullseye can like the one above. I just looked no price or date on it. I have used powder over 20 years old.
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Don't know when Dupont switched to plastic, but I've got three cans of 3031 I bought from Graf and Sons, in 06. Red metal cans.

    As for Bindernut's can of Bullseye - I've never seen Hercules powder in a metal can. The first stuff I bought, when I began loading in '77, was Unique in a paper can with the pull-up plastic spout. Winchester used to come in a metal can, but I've never seen Hercules in one, before.
  10. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I bought a can of Unique in a can just like that but it had a metal screw cap back in 76 or 77. I used about a third of it and threw the rest away. Haven't bought any Unique since.
  11. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    here's that dupont 4064 can pic...


  12. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

    May 24, 2011
    Kannapolis, NC
    I have a box of peterson .22's
  13. bobski

    bobski Former Guest

    Jan 16, 2005
    va., conn., & mo.
    ahhh 4064. the military rifle leg match powder of choice for 7.62 nato. ahhhh......
  14. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Yes, plenty of older cans of powder. Some from the '50s ,'60s, & '70s.
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