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Found some 231

Post by dronning on Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:55 pm

Found 1lb of 231 in my dad's old reloading supplies, it must be at least 20 years old and never opened (still haven't).  It sounds nice and loose when I shake it.  Is there a way to check it's age?  I'm just interested in how old it is not really thinking about using it.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by Axehandle on Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:21 pm

20 Years?  I'm loading out of cannisters of 231 and Bullseye I've owned since the mid 80s.  Makes it about 30 years.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by james r chapman on Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:03 am

shoot it... I'm using HP38 from '76

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Re: Found some 231

Post by GrumpyOldMan on Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:22 pm

EXACTLY like the can my Dad and I bought in 1983 (wrote the date on the can, but I'm sure there's a date code in the lot stamp) and finally wiped out about 2009.

Loads with that stuff chrono'd within 20 fps or so of the speeds we got with a new lot about four years ago. Both .45 and 9mm.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by jerry lehrer on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:47 pm

Grumpy,

I would like to buy / trade for that 231. I have lots of .308 ammo (Factory) to trade. As well as
.45 SWC factory ammo.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by GrumpyOldMan on Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:05 am

Jerry:

It's all in cartridge cases awaiting being lit up.

". . .the can my Dad and I bought in 1983 . . . and finally wiped out about 2009."

All I have left is maybe 2 ounces from a 1-lb jug I found last year. My posts on various forums would pin down the dates and quantities, but I believe I have seen only 4 pounds of 231 on the shelf anywhere, over three instances (they vanish in 48-72 hours), in five different retail establishments in the last two years.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by dronning on Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:27 pm

FYI - my 1lb isn't for sale.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by Al on Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:28 pm

I'm down to the last 3# of Bruce Hogdon's surplus 4831 that dates back to WWII. No I didn't buy it fresh, got it from a reloading mentor who got out of reloading 20+ yrs ago.  By far the best powder I tried for my 300WM and 30-06 loads.

And to stay on topic, my oldest pistol powder is a can of Unique, price tag of $5 from back in the med 70's.

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Re: Found some 231

Post by Jack H on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:46 pm

Back in the late 1950 - late 1980s, Dad and I went through two 100 pound kegs of H4831.


Actually lately I have run into quite a bit of powder at Cabelas and another LGS (SM).  No BE but some WST, N310, Varget, 4064, 4350, 4895, even some TG and 1# 2400.


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Re: Found some 231

Post by james r chapman on Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:55 pm

I found 1# of WW 230P.....

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