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    How long before you ran out.

    If your state/county/municipality has adopted International Building Code then they most likely adopted NFPA guidelines. I say most likely because they can choose which parts to adopt. IBC refers to NFPA so in most instances it's the code.

    The guidelines for storage containers are available online. SAAMI has sections of NFPA in their handbooks. The short version is up to 20# can be stored in their original bottles. 20-50# must be in a wood container w/ walls at least 1" thick. I found an older version of the NFPA book in my garage last week so I will look to see if there are more construction details. It's 50#s per residence, don't know if this is separate structures or total per address. Powder and primers are to be stored separately and the limit on primers is 10k. Everyone goes over that limit.

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    about two years, execpt trail boss, that will go in about a year. only found two 9oz cans.

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    I sold all my powders for more than I paid. I donated the money to MAIG.

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    Love Life has the best answer.

    It certainly depends on the powder and application too. At 3-4 rounds per year deer hunting, some powder types will last a while.
    "Is all this REALLY necessary?"

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    Ran out yesterday !

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    I have no idea not sure I have found all my supplies yet keep finding stuff I didn't know I had and stuff I knew I had hasn't turned up so who knows where it is now When you move every year you never really get everything unpacked and identified.
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    i'm trying to find one powder to go with my boolits. 20 vartarg, 444marlin, and 45-70. as soon as i can, i would like to shoot my 30-40 krag along with these others. then i would go for an 8llb or two....

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    Good on h4350 but no universal clays ..
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    The lazy do not roast any game... but the diligent feed on the riches of the HUNT!! Proverbs 12:27

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    I voted 3-5 years but at my age, that is strictly a guess. I've already slowed down my casting, loading and shooting. Even if I live another 10 years, I may not be using powder that long.
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    I gave (for a thank you) most of my powder to new shooters (15#'s). Can't bear to see new casters and reloaders without powder!
    I have 2#'s of Bullseye (Enough for the rest of my lifetime, and enough for the 9 and 45) and 4#'s of Greendot (enough for all my revolvers and this lifetime).
    My daughter and SIL will probably have some leftover BE
    When I sit down to look at my rifles in the safe.....
    I can very consistently shoot one inch groups at 100 yards.
    When I sit on the bench at the shooting range.....
    I always wish I was sitting down looking at my rifles in the safe.

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    I went with 10+ years but only because i don't shoot Centerfire much anymore. When the component prices shot high a term or two ago i went to airguns for most of my casual shooting and blackpowder to fill in where needed. I hope smokeless and primers have a long shelf life. If noone comes and takes it i'll be good till i croak i think.

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    After they cover me with dirt a few people are gonna be saying " Holy Bat S*** Bat Man, Where do you think he got all this S***?

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    "At the same rate as today...."

    I said about 10 years....but who wants to shoot THAT little?

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    Part of that poll is impossible to answer, as if I truly felt that I could not replace component's for any given period of time I'd severely curtail my use.

    As is with moderate use I suspect I could manage for over 5 years.

    I have some 12 lbs of powder, have recently bought primers and I am waiting for my latest lead purchase to arrive.

    Since I shoot pretty much only for entertainment, and to give me stuff to do in the reloading room, in theory it could last for decades at need.

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    At the rate I am currently using components, 3-5 years. But, that said, in the last 6 years I have shot a lot less than I used to. Due to ammo shortages I have not shot like I did in years past. Not that I didn't have the ammo, but I have been less inclined to shoot something unless I could replace it first. So I have been more selective on what and when I shoot. At the same time I have began storing more ammo on hand than before as well.

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    well....as if i needed more.

    went to the indy 1500 knife & gun show, 3 day event some 600 + dealers.

    only one 8 pound jug of 2400 in the whole place.
    i was in the door during the first 20 mins of opening.

    i scored the jug at $28.13 per pound.
    500 starline 44 mag brass -new
    250 .380 starline brass-new

    then came home and warm fuzzied my self for about an hour, had dinner and slept in today!
    Last edited by mozeppa; 03-14-2015 at 03:48 PM.

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    Less than a year. Always the same situation. I can't stock up, unless I decide to break the law.

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    Just consolidated my powder. Have a bit over 20 lbs. Have used 2 lbs in past year so about 10 years,

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    I am down to my last 2 lbs of Unique and my last 200 LPP. I have enough loaded 45ACP to shoot for another year, or so. I can keep shooting everything else for probably 2-3 years.

    I can't stock up, unless I decide to break the law.
    So, you have maxed out your smokeless powder per your local firecode? How many lb's is that?

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check