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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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My neighbor gave it to me for decoration and I was just curious how old it is. I am having a hard time finding any info. Thanks!

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1992?
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You should have it to someone who knows more about this stuff. Once they figure it out, they can have it back to you.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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The following took me 1 minute to google...

http://www.assra.com/cgi-bin/yabb/Ya...num=1309551107

"I have never seen it available for sale here in England in anything but 1 pound rectangular tins, red in colour with a white and black label specifying the manufacturers name and the grain granulation contained within which ranged from Fg to FFFFg, and that was in the 1970's. I haven't heard of it being sold in larger containers. However, ICI had many customers who no doubt purchased it in larger quantities, i.e. Ammunition manufacturers, various British Gunmakers who loaded their own ammunition for commercial sale, The British Government for use by the military and for some mining purposes. No doubt a lot went for export."

"I believe that this interesting thread (with photos!) has answered some questions about this Hodgdon-marketed black powder. The can is painted a different color, but otherwise looks identical to the orange Meteor one. I had always thought that the trail led back to C&H somehow.





In the 1970s, my most convenient black powder supplier handled this brand exclusively. I preferred it to the Dupont/GOEX of that time....but perhaps the much cheaper price appealed to my skinflint nature. Nonetheless, I shot up a lot of it and still have a little bit left. "
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You are better at google than me I spent an hour and couldn't find anything. Thanks for the info!
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Also multiple cans on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-vintage...-/331003229382 with same design, but rifle powder from the mid 70s.
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Also multiple cans on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-vintage...-/331003229382 with same design, but rifle powder from the mid 70s.
Completely different can. The one I have has paper labels on an all red can.
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Does it still have any gunpowder in it?
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Does it still have any gunpowder in it?
Ya, it is 99% full.
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Ya, it is 99% full.
Hope you're kidding. If not- don't use it to decorate the mantle....
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Hope you're kidding. If not- don't use it to decorate the mantle....
Not kidding, if the seal wasn't torn I would have thought it was new. I think I need to build a cannon to use it up
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Need someone to hold yer beer?
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Nah, that's why I got two hands. One for the lighter and one for a beer!
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Nah, that's why I got two hands. One for the lighter and one for a beer!
Get a long fuse, or you will have to choose between the lighter and the beer....
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BTW, filling a CO2 cartridge with that stuff and lighting it off on a steel security door is highly entertaining....from a distance. Or so I've heard.
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Get a long fuse, or you will have to choose between the lighter and the beer....
You do realize that black powder doesn't have a shelf life don't you? If it is stored properly it will last forever and never become extra volatile. It isn't like this is the first thing of powder I have in my house.....
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We always used copper tube
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You do realize that black powder doesn't have a shelf life don't you? If it is stored properly it will last forever and never become extra volatile. It isn't like this is the first thing of powder I have in my house.....
Yup. It can also survive a house fire without blowing up. One of my inlaws has a plastic jar of the stuff that is melted shut, it survived in the basement of his house, along with a few thousand rounds of ammo that did not go off. But all his bows were destroyed.

I also know that beer and explosives aren't a good mix

Besides, it was just a play on the old 'hold my beer while I try something' line. Chalk it up as another humor fail.
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front the minute of research i did, the hodgdon powder company was started in '52 as BE hodgdon, it was changed to hodgdon powder company in '66
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