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I searched and didn't see any threads on this:

How do you store your powder? What kind of container? How tightly climate controlled? Is heat worse than cold? How do you keep moisture out, once a container is opened?

I am getting started in reloading and want to lay in a good supply of powder while it is cheap and available. I also don't want to create a dangerous situation.

Bruce




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I store it in paper sacks right near the fireplace.

I just keep it in the house, in the container it came in. I've never had any problem. Moisture, and very high heat are probably the conditions to avoid.




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I just store it it’s original container in a closet in my house which is pretty stable as far as temperatures are concerned...that is the way I have stored my powders for 50+ years and have never had any go bad...just make sure the lid is well tightened on any containers that you have opened and you should be good to go.


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in original container then to ammo cans and 8# in large mil ammo metal box then in a metal cabinet in garage.
Seems to keep as I have some old unique in cardboard container,least it was two years back for some loading's in 45 long colt.
 
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I forget what the law says verbatim, but over a certain amount, it's supposed to be stored in a cabinet constructed completely of "1-by" lumber minimally.

I had a buddy build mine, all out of 1x10's and 1x6's.

Slapped some hardware and stain on there and it looks pretty good.



The cabinet is downstairs, about 20’ from my furnace.

All myoowders are in their original packaging.
I additionally placed some silica desiccant packs in there.



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I have a non-airtight cabinet that I keep my powder in. It is kept in my house, and had no problems for the last 4 decades+.
 
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I keep mine in the garage in a plastic cabinet. It is away from heat or spark and the garage is a concrete slab. I've always been paranoid about carrying any over carpet due to static electricity.
 
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I've always been paranoid about carrying any over carpet due to static electricity.


Truthfully...that has never entered my mind.


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I keep mine in the garage in a plastic cabinet. It is away from heat or spark and the garage is a concrete slab. I've always been paranoid about carrying any over carpet due to static electricity.


Don’t worry about it. I test the sensitivity of explosives as part of my job, BTW.

Mine is on a shelf in the garage; all of it is in the factory container.


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I have read that powder should never ever be stored in a gun vault because if there was something that allowed it to ignite inside the vault it could react like a grenade....

Any truth to this? I am not trying to be a smart ass - asking truthfully.....Mark
 
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Smokless powder has to have containment to create pressure (explode)...lay it out in a pile on the driveway and you will get big smokey whooshy fiery fizz. Do the same with black powder and it will explode. That is why the required method to store smokless powders over a certain amount in a dwelling be made of 1" wood like C-Dubs shows in his post above...the wooden box is weak enough not to be able to allow the powder to build enough pressure to "explode" rather than burn (a pretty hot burn non the less)...and the 1" thickness of the wood might...I stress might be thick enough to shield it's contents from enough heat to cause it to ignite...
That is why I do not store powders in a way that is not recommended such as in a gunsafe or metal cabinet...from Alliant Powder's website...

http://www.alliantpowder.com/g...aspx#recommendations

10-3.6 Smokeless propellants shall be stored in shipping containers specified by U. S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

10-3.7 Smokeless propellants intended for personal use in quantities not exceeding 20 lb (9.1 kg) may be stored in original containers in residences. Quantities exceeding 20 lb (9.1 kg), but not exceeding 50 lb (22.7 kg), may be stored in residences if kept in a wooden box or cabinet having walls or at least 1-inc. (25.4-mm) nominal thickness.

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Making the best of what ever comes our way
Forget that blind ambition and learn to trust your intuition
Plowing straight ahead come what may
And theres a cowboy in the jungle"
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Thanks, guys.

That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

Bruce




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-PJ O'Rourke
“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

 
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My modest (!) aupply just stays in its original containers in a closet in my house, which stays at 70° all year long.

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Smokless powder has to have containment to create pressure (explode)...lay it out in a pile on the driveway and you will get big smokey whooshy fiery fizz. Do the same with black powder and it will explode. That is why the required method to store smokless powders over a certain amount in a dwelling be made of 1" wood like C-Dubs shows in his post above...the wooden box is weak enough not to be able to allow the powder to build enough pressure to "explode" rather than burn (a pretty hot burn non the less)...and the 1" thickness of the wood might...I stress might be thick enough to shield it's contents from enough heat to cause it to ignite...
That is why I do not store powders in a way that is not recommended such as in a gunsafe or metal cabinet...from Alliant Powder's website...

http://www.alliantpowder.com/g...aspx#recommendations

10-3.6 Smokeless propellants shall be stored in shipping containers specified by U. S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

10-3.7 Smokeless propellants intended for personal use in quantities not exceeding 20 lb (9.1 kg) may be stored in original containers in residences. Quantities exceeding 20 lb (9.1 kg), but not exceeding 50 lb (22.7 kg), may be stored in residences if kept in a wooden box or cabinet having walls or at least 1-inc. (25.4-mm) nominal thickness.


Not exceeding 50 lbs??? There's a national news story brewing at my place. Big Grin



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Only under the "right" conditions Big Grin


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Forget that blind ambition and learn to trust your intuition
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And theres a cowboy in the jungle"
Jimmy Buffet
 
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Powder-never a problem. I store it in laundry in the original container. Primers-that's another story.
 
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I keep my powder in a closet in original containers. I just finished this year an eight pound can of Red Dot that I bought in the 70s and it was as good as the day I bought it.

Room temp is always 70-75 degrees and 45- 50% humidity.
 
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Powder-never a problem. I store it in laundry in the original container. Primers-that's another story.


Do tell. What do you do differently with primers?

Bruce




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-Abraham Lincoln

"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats."
-PJ O'Rourke
“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

 
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Powder-never a problem. I store it in laundry in the original container. Primers-that's another story.


Do tell. What do you do differently with primers?

Bruce


I also store them in factory containers in the garage, but they are all in a large ammo can. The powder presents a much larger hazard than the primers if you keep them in their packaging.


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I know the powder needs containment to explode rather than burn.

It would seems that an ammo can, tightly sealed, with 50,000 primers in it would act like a bomb, if something set one of them off.

Am I missing something?

Bruce




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-Abraham Lincoln

"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats."
-PJ O'Rourke
“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

 
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