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Containers for gunpowder???

Post by dstates on 7/28/2014, 10:04 am

I have a friend who bought an 8 lb keg of Bullseye at Camp Perry knowing he would sell me 2 lbs of it.  Are there any special requirements for the container I put the 2 lbs into? 

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Post by AllAces on 7/28/2014, 10:25 am

Perhaps the nalgene bottles that hikers use for water, or the metal bottles used by hikers for camping stove fuel.

http://www.rei.com/product/852355/rei-nalgene-wide-mouth-loop-top-water-bottle-32-fl-oz
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Post by james r chapman on 7/28/2014, 11:20 am

Empty bullseye bottles. Ask your shooting' buds
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Post by beeser on 7/28/2014, 12:46 pm

I read somewhere that it was prudent to use anti-static plastic bottles for storage of gunpowder and that is what's used by powder manufacturers.  With our sometimes very dry climate here in Arizona I was eventually going to ask about what measures are recommended to deal with static electricity while reloading.  Maybe I'll ask that question in another thread so as not to hijack this one.

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Post by Jack H on 7/28/2014, 2:01 pm

If I recall, the 100 pound kegs of 4831 we used to get we lined with plastic bags of material not unlike visqueen.  i.e. big baggies. 

We dispensed it a can at a time using old tennis ball cans.  The kind that had the sardine can opening key.  

Whatever you do make sure it gets labeled.
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Post by GrumpyOldMan on 7/28/2014, 2:06 pm

No glass. Nothing clear or translucent. Light degrades nitrocellulose rather quickly.

Static is a concern but can be dealt with. Takes a mondo spark to light this stuff up, but you don't want to be the one in a million guy.

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Post by Guest on 7/28/2014, 5:56 pm

james r chapman wrote:Empty bullseye bottles. Ask your shooting' buds
Best suggestion.  I bet I throw out seven or eight a year.  BUT------MAKE SURE YOU CLEARLY LABEL IT.

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Post by 243winxb on 7/28/2014, 6:31 pm

Powder bottles are HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). Black keeps the sun/light off* the powder.
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Post by beeser on 7/28/2014, 7:19 pm

Sort of related but I could use some empty AutoComp 1 lb. containers.  Anyone have any?

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Post by Axehandle on 7/29/2014, 6:31 am

Beware!  A lot of effort goes into the design and construction of powder containers.    Lots of room for bad things to happen if you use anything else.

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Post by GrumpyOldMan on 7/29/2014, 11:09 pm

beeser wrote:Sort of related but I could use some empty AutoComp 1 lb. containers.  Anyone have any?
Where was this discussion 3 months ago???  Pretty sure mine is empty, label peeled and full of water waiting to be shot.

Or maybe it's been shot already. But for you, I'll check anyway.

As a former PR guy who graduated college just in time for the desktop publishing revolution, I suggest that you just use any old *powder* container, and print out a photo of the AutoComp label on your handy-dandy color printer, and use that can of 3M 77 or whatever spray glue to stick it on. Preserve that brand identity, you know...

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