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    30lb Cardboard Kegs of Bullseye

    I've acquired a lifetime supply of Bullseye. Specifically a couple 30 lb kegs of dated 86'. I tried doing a little googling on them but cant find anything on 30 pounders...only 8 pounders. The powder smells and looks fine and I've been using it without issue. I imagine these probably came direct from the manufacturer for businesses making bullets for example. Thoughts?

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    Neat, I'd like to see pictures.

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    Good job!
    Just a guess, but you're probably right, that size is probably marketed to commercial reloaders and manufacturers.

    I'd save the empty cartons. They'd make a great waste basket for the man cave.
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    That's a lot of rounds you can reload with that! Depending on caliber, somewhere between 90,000 to 110,000!
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    In the 70's and 80's 20, 30 and 50 pound cardboard containers were common. In the 60's and early 70's some stores would sell by the pound out of the 50's. You got your powder in a paper bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Tecs View Post
    In the 70's and 80's 20, 30 and 50 pound cardboard containers were common. In the 60's and early 70's some stores would sell by the pound out of the 50's. You got your powder in a paper bag.
    That's pretty crazy..but I believe that. I'll try and take some pics for you guys.

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    I never was a bullseye fan, then I was gifted a 30lb keg as you describe and a partial. I also thought that was a huge supply, then I started loading with it. 10 years later and it’s gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSH View Post
    I never was a bullseye fan, then I was gifted a 30lb keg as you describe and a partial. I also thought that was a huge supply, then I started loading with it. 10 years later and itís gone.
    I've got 3.5 kegs...so I guess I am good for 35 years..



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    Quote Originally Posted by vtech26 View Post
    I've acquired a lifetime supply of Bullseye. Specifically a couple 30 lb kegs of dated 86'. I tried doing a little googling on them but cant find anything on 30 pounders...only 8 pounders. The powder smells and looks fine and I've been using it without issue. I imagine these probably came direct from the manufacturer for businesses making bullets for example. Thoughts?

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    If you were close to me I would happily give you $15 for a lb. Or better for me $8 for a half lb. A half lb would last me the rest of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffer View Post
    If you were close to me I would happily give you $15 for a lb. Or better for me $8 for a half lb. A half lb would last me the rest of my life.
    And I would happily take you up on that offer!

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    good very good. i just finished up some bullseye that i got in 86. still working on my last 8 pounds of sr4756 from around 85/86. you store the bullseye correct it will last your life time.

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    I’ve got a few 15lb kegs from the late 1970’s, still goes bang.

    Watch out for your home fire insurance policy, it’s silly but they likely prohibit storing that much powder at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimB.. View Post
    Iíve got a few 15lb kegs from the late 1970ís, still goes bang.

    Watch out for your home fire insurance policy, itís silly but they likely prohibit storing that much powder at home.
    What Powder???


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiberoptik View Post
    What Powder???
    Bullseye. Got it and about 50k cci primers from a buddy that got it from the estate of an old competitive shooter. Didn’t get any guns or even ever learn the guys name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Tecs View Post
    In the 70's and 80's 20, 30 and 50 pound cardboard containers were common. In the 60's and early 70's some stores would sell by the pound out of the 50's. You got your powder in a paper bag.
    I remember as a kid in the early/mid 50s one of the gunshops that I frequented, (I believe pestered would be a better description), had two pasteboard drums, I don't know if they were 50 lb or 100 lb but they held a lot of powder, one each of H4831 and H4895, sitting on the floor by the cash register. There was a scoop and a pile of brown paper bags and a scale on the counter by the powder. You scooped however much of which ever powder you wanted into the bag, the owner would weigh the bag and calculate the price, (using a pencil and paper) tape the bag shut and mark with an INK pen what powder was in it and out the door you went. If I recall correctly, the price was $.25 a pound and if you bought 5 lbs. it was $1.00.

    In those days 4831 was often referred to as IP powder, the IP standing for Idiot Proof, since it was nearly impossible to put too much in most of the cartridges that were common at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roysha View Post
    I remember as a kid in the early/mid 50s one of the gunshops that I frequented, (I believe pestered would be a better description), had two pasteboard drums, I don't know if they were 50 lb or 100 lb but they held a lot of powder, one each of H4831 and H4895, sitting on the floor by the cash register. There was a scoop and a pile of brown paper bags and a scale on the counter by the powder. You scooped however much of which ever powder you wanted into the bag, the owner would weigh the bag and calculate the price, (using a pencil and paper) tape the bag shut and mark with an INK pen what powder was in it and out the door you went. If I recall correctly, the price was $.25 a pound and if you bought 5 lbs. it was $1.00.

    In those days 4831 was often referred to as IP powder, the IP standing for Idiot Proof, since it was nearly impossible to put too much in most of the cartridges that were common at that time.
    That is awesome. The good ole days..

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    Our local Farmers Elevator used to sell the powder scooped from kegs and put in a paper bag back in the 50's as well as blasting powder in kegs for blowing stumps and splitting logs.
    What ever happen to those days when a 12 year old kid could buy a box of .22 Hiawatha shorts for 18 cents and go down to the city dump and shoot rats??

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