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Old January 19, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Re-using loaded powder

Hey all,

I have always avoided re-using powder from loads I don't like, but with how hard it is to find powder right now, I am considering it.

I have 100 rounds of .308 I don't like, that I could recover the Varget from. Loads have been stored in a cool, dry environment, and are about 2 years old.

It occurs to me there is plenty of milsurp ammo out there that is 60+ years old, and still functions fine.

Thoughts if this is a good idea or not?
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Old January 19, 2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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If you loaded em and KNOW its varget I'd say go ahead.

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Old January 19, 2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Yup, just be absolutely sure you know what is in the cases.

The military sells surplus pulldown powder all the time.
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Old January 19, 2013, 11:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Yes it's varget. I loaded it as a test load, didn't work out so well. Why I ever loaded 100 rounds of it is beyond me....
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Old January 19, 2013, 11:54 PM   #5
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Been there and done that. Have saved some Varget and Unique from too many test loads. Also no idea why i did so many B4 find they where not a good load for my purpose.
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Old January 20, 2013, 08:30 AM   #6
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I have over 1000 rounds of 30-06 from the 40’s and 50’s that I purchased for the components. I have most of them pulled and primers removed. These have great bullets but I sure would like to be able to use that 70 year old 4895 but chicken is my middle name.
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Old January 20, 2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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If I loaded the ammo, and I know exactly what is in the cartridges, I reuse the powder.
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Old January 20, 2013, 02:10 PM   #8
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I second that motion, or is it third.
What's the difference if the powder is stored in a can or in a cartridge case.
There's probably less contaminating air in the cartridges.
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