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    4759

    What size canisters was/is available ?
    I have an opportunity to buy some canisters.
    The guy says they are 4 or 5#.
    What do you consider a fair price per pound?

    Thanks , dale

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    $15 ftf
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmort View Post
    $15 ftf
    Per pound or per canister? This stuff isn't available anymore, they quit making it. It's a great powder and in demand for those who still want to use it. They'd be 4# canisters/bottles. If unopened I'd offer the guy ten bucks per pound for them. He can easily get more from someone else. Your chances of getting more are slim. FWIW, it's a much better cast powder than jacketed.

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    Thanks guys.
    I thought he said it was a 4# canister, but couldn`t remember for sure.
    I was thinking $10-$15 a pound myself.
    It definitely will be used for cast...dale

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    I know it came in 8# jugs, besides 1#ers ................cause I have one left, in my stash.

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    1's,5's and 12's. It is too bulky to get 8lb in the gallon size cans. My 12lb kegs are probably 3 gallon size.

    If I really wanted it, $15 per pound is cheap, real cheap. Closest thing out there that comes close is AA5744 and it has doubled in price since SR4759 was discontinued, imagine that.
    5744 is good, but I still can't do with it what SR4759 will do.

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    Even if it's $20-25 a lb, take it, they are not making any more of it. I stocked up at last call, before discontinuation. It's a great powder for cast bullets, all calibers. There is a company, in conjunction with the CBA, exploring the possibility of duplicating the 4759 formula, and reintroducing the powder. I don't know if this effort is going anywhere or not.

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    My small kegs from the 1960's are marked "4 lbs". Same keg size as 8# of the other Dupont powders came in.

    Yep, hard to beat 4759 with a lot of cast boolit loads. 5744 is a good powder but I am finding Blue Dot working well for replacing some of my old 4759 loads (and a few less grains of powder required).

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    At my club, 4759 has been the powder for 200 yard offhand target shooting with cast lead boolits for over 40 years. I've used in 30-30, 32-40, 30-06, 40-50, 40-65 and 45-70. My stock is running low and if I saw any, I'd buy it.

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    Wouldn't have a problem paying more for it if in unopened cans, 25 to 30 a pound not excessive imho. As said before they're not making anymore of it.

    Is it in metal cans? Dupont made it first. My last cans were 4lb plastic with IMR being the maker.

    If opened then a lot less, check for an acid smell or contamination.

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    4759

    Wayback Machine shows Powder Valley selling 8 oz, 1#, 4#, 5# and 8# over the years. Wish I could still get it for the 2002 price of $14.53 a pound. The $14.75 price for CCI primers would sure be nice as well.

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    Be aware that a regular can of SR4759 is only 8 ounces, not the 1 pound cans you are used to buying most powders; and purchase accordingly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser View Post
    Be aware that a regular can of SR4759 is only 8 ounces, not the 1 pound cans you are used to buying most powders; and purchase accordingly!
    So nice and bulky!

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    If it's fresh, smells OK I'd go 20-25 a pound. It was the best for the job.

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    After reading C.E.Harris article about shooting cast bullets in military surplus rifles I finally got an almost pristine Finn model 27 made in 1935. One of the powders he recommended was IMR 4759. That an the lyman 314299 were a match made in heaven. That particular rifle has only seen cast bullets and 4759 down the tube in like 25 or so years. Barrel gleams and right now the limiting factor is my eyes. This powder was stopped and started in production a couple times and this was the last batch that was made. So if you ever get some treat it like gold. Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser View Post
    Be aware that a regular can of SR4759 is only 8 ounces, not the 1 pound cans you are used to buying most powders; and purchase accordingly!
    This may be the case for the cans but the plastic bottles contained one pound. The plastic bottles came in one, four and eight pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    This may be the case for the cans but the plastic bottles contained one pound. The plastic bottles came in one, four and eight pounds.
    This is what I bought at a LGS a couple of years ago:


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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