THE LOCAL GUN SHOP HAS A 8 POUND CANNISTER FOR SALE FOR $50. IT IS A HEAVY CARDBOARD. I'M GUESSING IT IS FAIRLY OLD, JUST BY LOOKING AT THE CONTAINER. HAS ANYONE EVER USED OLDER POWDER? SHOULD I PASS THIS UP?
JC. A couple things makes me wonder about it. First ,the price is a little too good. and Second what are you going to use it for? I would be a little concerned about the age and how it has been stored. If your reloading shotgun, then 8 lbs is OK if you do a lot of shooting, For Pistol only it would last you forever with some left over. Good luck on what ever you decide and
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JC, If I were going to use it just for 12 ga I would probably get it since they are a little more forgiving. As far as handgun powder, especially for magnums, there is not much leeway. I probably would not use it for handguns.
Properly stored, powders will last indefinitely. If you have powders already, take a sniff of one of them - a flake if possible, like Red Dot. Smell the stuff that is on sale - if they'll allow you to open it. Any kind of strong acetone-like smell means that it is deteriorating.