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Caked Pyrodex. Dump it?

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by Bindernut, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    I think I already know the answer to this question but I figured I'd ask anyway.

    Got a bunch of reloading supplies from my brother in law a while back.
    In the pile was a can of P Pyrodex. The old foil/paper can with rubber stopper...
    There are a few clumps in the can where it's started to cake together. Most of it is still granulated though.
    It's been so long since I've used Pyrodex I don't remember what it's supposed to smell like when fresh.

    Is it worth messing with or should I just fertilize the lawn with it?
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  2. old semperfi

    old semperfi Active Member

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    I RAN INTO THE SAME PROBLEM LAST YEAR WITH 777.I CHKED TO MAKE SURE HUMIDITY LEVEL WAS LOW AND REDUCED CLUMPS BACK TO POWDER.I LET IT DRY OUT FOR A DAY AND PUT IT BACK IN ANOTHER CONTAINER.I DO NOT HUNT WITH IT BUT,I USE IT FOR TARGET PRACTICE AND HAVE NOT HAD A FAILURE. OLD SEMPERFI
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    johnlives4christ Former Guest

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    i know black powder can be dried out and used without a problem.
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    if you have a plastic container with a tight fitting lid , some marbles and a couple of silica gel packets dump all the powder into the plastic container

    add the marbles and silica gel packets and roll in the sun back and forth gently for a hour or so

    this will bring it back

    the sun's gentle heat with the rolling action and the marbles will release the moisture , the silica gel will catch this and VIOLA!! dry powder ( not too much or your'll make the granules into powder )

    if it is still a but clumpy remove the silica gel packs and place in the sun to dry and replace and repeat as they only absorb so much .

    good luck

    cheers
  5. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the idears.
    I might try to salvage it with the dessicant pack and marbles trick.

    I've never been a big Pyrodex fan...I think it stinks compared to BP...so I usually stick with Goex 3F for my cap-n-ball. But for the pricetag (free), I'll use it up if I can save it.

    The main reason I grabbed it is because the can is in really nice shape. It'll be one to sit on the shelf.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2010
  6. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    It makes great fertilizer. Roses, in particular, love it. ;)

    Pops
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