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Old 09-21-2019, 03:44 PM
Ffsgt Ffsgt is offline
 
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Default Powder smell

Have a box of 100 rounds of 3006 that I reloaded over a year ago.When I just opened it, I smell the acrid powder smell. Is that normal? They are in the plastic MTM boxes.
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:59 PM
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Only rounds I have ever had smell bad were really old stuff. I've never had newer reloads smell.
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:17 PM
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A year is not a long time. Is the smell ether? If so, normal.

Something that makes you run into the next room, not normal.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:32 PM
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Smells like when you first open the powder canister. This is the first I had noticed it. The smell made me think something had gone wrong.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:15 PM
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Smells like when you first open the powder canister. This is the first I had noticed it. The smell made me think something had gone wrong.
Probably just ether, which is used as a solvent in powder manufacture, leaking out.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:21 AM
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Thanks, makes me feel better.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:23 AM
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I opened a (previously opened) can of IMR4895 a couple of months ago. It had a SERIOUS acidic kind of smell unlike any other powder I have ever had. It was already opened but had about 2-3#'s left. I debated whether to use it or not. In the end I poured it out in the pasture (as i cried a little bit). Might not be dangerous but wasn't willing to risk crappy performance. Life'd too short...

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Old 09-22-2019, 01:13 PM
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If smokeless powder is properly stored in a closed original container and in a cool, dry place, it can last for years. I have reloaded ammunition with powder as old as 50 years in storage with good reliability and accuracy. It did not have any bad odor or look.

I can say that I know how and where it was stored all those years. I would be leary of older powder that had been opened and which I did not have control of or know its storage history.

Powder or Ammo stored in a place like an attic or garage where there are wide ranging temperature changes, can/will go bad in a short time.

The manuals caution against leaving powder in a powder measure or an open container for any length of time because it can deteriorate when so stored.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:43 PM
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I’ve done the same, loaded powder that was 50 to 60 years old. It was with my Dads reloading supplies. For 30 of those years it was in a cool basement. I recently loaded some of the 3031 and it grouped fine. I did open each can and found one with some red dust, burned that up. The rest smelled fine and looked fine. Certainly past it’s prime and I should dispose of the rest of it.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:51 PM
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Had some go bad on me. Powder in jug smelled sour sort of. It was also clumped together. The bad thing is unkown to me is that this powder also went bad in some previously loaded cartridges. When fired some of the primers separated at the corners and scared the bolt face. In the end 300 rounds pulled brass and primers scrapped
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