Going by the data sticker on the lid, that data is within Hodgdons safe zone for both IMR 4895 and H4895.For me the fact that he had to ask say's don't shoot them! if they are 30-06 bullet's pull them and weight some to see what they are, save the bullet's. Dump the powder on the flower bed and re-use the primers that are already in them! If he doesn't know what they are, we damn sure don't simply looking at a photo of some old box's! Of course if he has a supply of spare body parts just in case, go for it!
and with what words did you thank him?Maybe I should clarify my "I never shoot anyone else's reloads".
I won't shoot them in my guns. You hand me your firearm loaded with your ammo - I'm happy as a clam to shoot it.
Shared this story before - but here goes again. I had just bought a pristine Winchester M1 Carbine - beautiful high wood stock - fantastic condition. A guy I worked with also reloaded, and insisted a bunch of times that I try his .30 Carbine loads. Not to hurt his feelings, a agreed and loaded up my little Carbine. Fired a couple of rounds (the sound and recoil were different from mine as I load to GI Specs and he reloads for maximum performance). About shot number 4 - something flew past my face.
A chunk of wood from the recoil lug area had broken off. So much for my pristine 60 year old stock. If someone hands me a reloaded cartridge to shoot in my firearm, please don't feel offended if I decline the offer. Just a habit I got into.
BTW - this was the same guy with my "Slam-Fire M14". I took up a '93 Mauser (7X57mm) and my M1A. I had two separate ammo cans - one with 7X57mm Mauser and the other with Ball M-80 7.62mm. He was a former Marine, and asked to shoot my M1A while I fired the old Mauser.
Pretty soon this guy starts laughing. He says to me - 'Hey Jim, I've never seen a 'Slam-Fire' M14! I figured he knew what he was doing - shooting the M1A - I figured wrong. He was trying to fire 7X57mm Mauser ammo, and every time he let the bolt fly forward it detonated the 7mm cartridges. The inertia from the bolt sent the firing pin forward, and although the round wasn't fully chambered or in battery - it went off.
Lucky there was no damage to my old Match rifle or to him.