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October 20, 2011


joe the new guy

I wouldn't recommend it - I think one of the solvents used during the production of smokeless powder is acetone or some such - at least that is what it smells like - and i don't think that evaporating remnant would do your plastic bag any good at all, especially not long term.

I also doubt that you will extend the life of the powder inside all that much - and if fifty years of useful storage life isn't enough for you, then you plan much better than I do.

Store it in a cool, dry basement, and you will have no significant problems for decades.

Gerry N.

"Would any Feddle Law be broken?" Hard to say. There are so many laws about so much crap that farting in public is likely a capital offense somewhere. Bruce Hodgdon of milsurp powder fame always said to keep your powder in the factory pack. With some surplus powders that is next to impossible. I have some surplus 4831 and 4895 that I bought as a beardless yoot in the early 60's. It was dispensed by cast aluminum scoop into penny candy bags at the ostensible price of half a buck the pound. On my mama's kitchen scale that fifty cent bag weighed nearly a pound and a half. I poured my powder into well washed and thoroughly dried brown glass Purex and Clorox bottles. Brown glass keeps the light out and the screw top keeps the air out. Those powders are still for all practical purposes in as good condition as new. Not being a scientisty type with six kollitch degrees, I can't swear to it in court, but the loads I make now with the data I developed in the 60's still put the bullets in the same place they always went. Hard to argue with success, I says.


"Would any Feddle laws be broken in doing so?"

Why would that matter? By the time the thugs got around to looking at vacuum-sealed bags of propellant, I'd already be under arrest. Or dead.

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