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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    It's all bad and I can come pick it up for disposal free of charge! The pink Hodgdon can has to be BL C2, I don't quite understand the Dupont IMR and SR metal cans have to be pre 1976? Typo I think

    Edit: I don't remember for sure but seems Dupont moniker was still on the cans until the millenium???
    The pink paper can is way cool !! You can dispose of it !! LoL Ol Deuce
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    That's the most IMR 3031 I've seen. Aladdin's Cave!

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    IMR 3031 is my mainstay for Powders! and only a few years ago did I discover Unique .........My Old Winchesters love that stuff!! Ol Deuce
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    you can tell some of that powder is old because the price stickers have reduced price stickers on top of them.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    this opinion brought to you by mister low-tech solution..

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    Quote Originally Posted by runfiverun View Post
    you can tell some of that powder is old because the price stickers have reduced price stickers on top of them.
    Lots of this powder was bought at Gibsons and they have been gone for a really long time ??? early '80s ??? all the plastic containers are current unopened
    which is way cool ! the 4lbs tote has a price of $69.95 .. What is it now ??$120.00 bucks???? Hmmm ........

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    I wouldn't open a sealed large can just to check it. If you have a chronograph you could check a minimum load of the gift powder against the same load of known newer powder to verify that it's the same powder (allowing for lot differences) and where it falls relative to loads you have worked up with newer powder you may have on hand.

    Check the lot numbers on the one pound cans; you may get lucky and have a can or three of the same lot. A few years ago I contacted Hodgdon to try to get manufacturing dates for some IMR in one lb. cans I was given. No luck. Their email said that they did not have manufacturing dates for the DuPont or IMR powders. Maybe someone here knows how to decipher the lot numbers to get at least a month and year, or can provide a link to deciphering the codes.

    BTW, 3031 is a very good powder for various rifle cartridges. I've gotten good results with it in .308 Win. and .303 Brit. I read just the other day that it got less popular when more people started throwing charges with powder measures and the long grains got to be more aggravating. That may be true but I think it became overshadowed by newer wonder powders. Looks like you're set for a while.

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    I bought an estate ten years ago. Included were some powders like you got. The metal Bullseye tin is almost gone but interchanged with what I had previously and grouped the same. While I didn't Chrono it I saw no need to as group sizes didn't change. My 296 stash is in the same cans as yours.
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    A find like that of Holy Black would be incredible!

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    I'm going to test the oldest pound of 4198 ! its kinda in question!! If it works well the rest is going tobe perfect !!! But lots of the powders I've never shot
    some of these powders !!! Hahaha it really gives me a selection to do some testing !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDeuce View Post
    Lots of this powder was bought at Gibsons and they have been gone for a really long time ??? early '80s ??? all the plastic containers are current unopened
    which is way cool ! the 4lbs tote has a price of $69.95 .. What is it now ??$120.00 bucks???? Hmmm ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    Our Gibson's closed in the early/mid 1990's.
    SWheeler You in the Magic City? or the Electric City???? LoL thats may be the the same !!! Ol Deuce
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    the old guy should have bought more powder looks like he was running low

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDeuce View Post
    SWheeler You in the Magic City? or the Electric City???? LoL thats may be the the same !!! Ol Deuce
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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlezx View Post
    the old guy should have bought more powder looks like he was running low
    I'm sure glad he bought what he did!!! Because He saved me a ton of dollars for sure !!!!!! Now I have too much and should never run out!
    I Hope LoL.............Ol Deuce
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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