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Old 04-16-2020, 09:26 AM
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Used Powder Container

Maybe a dumb question but wanted to get an opinion.

My LGS has discontinued carrying reloading supplies so in order to get a decent price per pound I ordered an 8lb jug online. For easier handling would it be acceptable to use an empty 1lb container to use on the bench? Previous label removed, washed inside and out with hot water/soap and dried using an air compressor.
If not suggestions for a working container?

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Old 04-16-2020, 09:49 AM
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I see no problem with doing that, in fact I do it all the time without washing them, just make sure they were empty before putting in new powder.
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:51 AM
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Standard practice for me. I do have correct label one pound cans to put on the bench, though.
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Old 04-16-2020, 10:16 AM
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It's just a container like any other container. The only caveat is remembering what is inside said container.
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Old 04-16-2020, 10:22 AM
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The old label peeled off easily, I'll make a correct label for new contents. Thanks to all.
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Old 04-16-2020, 12:56 PM
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Hell.....I don't even bother to wash them.....
Turn em upside down and smack the bottom till nuthin else falls out....
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Old 04-16-2020, 01:21 PM
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Compressed air is all that is needed.

You didn't mention the powder! If you do I'll bet someone on here would be willing to send you an empty container matching your powder!

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Old 04-16-2020, 01:40 PM
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Standard practice for me. I do have correct label one pound cans to put on the bench, though.
That is my routine when I find a powder I like well enough to get a large container of. I've got several matching 1# jugs that I refill out of the corresponding large jug.

The only caution is to back off about 10% when you get a new large jug to look for pressure signs and work back up.
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Old 04-16-2020, 01:59 PM
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Yep, I too just remove the label and print out 2 or 3 labels on my Brother label maker, one for the top/lid and one or two for the outside. I have two "bleach" bottles, one gallon size with some "surplus" powder I bought from Bartlett, and an 8 lb jug of Universal that would be a hassle to carry from the cabinet and sit on the bench when I reload (weak old man?), so I put some powder in well marked "surplus" one pound bottles...
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Old 04-16-2020, 03:57 PM
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Old label cleared off, wash and dry the inside. New powder added, then re-label with new info, lot #, date of transfer, etc. good to go ——
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Old 04-16-2020, 04:50 PM
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Now, give some thought to what you are going to do with the empty 8 LB container. I have found that if you set it outside under one of your trees in the front yard, miraculously, people stay off your grass and you don't have to pick up dog crap!
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:40 PM
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Now, give some thought to what you are going to do with the empty 8 LB container. I have found that if you set it outside under one of your trees in the front yard, miraculously, people stay off your grass and you don't have to pick up dog crap!


Oh, that's a good one...far more subtle than a "No Trespassing" sign that has holes shot into it from the back side!
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Old 04-16-2020, 07:45 PM
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Chemical interaction..

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Yep, I too just remove the label and print out 2 or 3 labels on my Brother label maker, one for the top/lid and one or two for the outside. I have two "bleach" bottles, one gallon size with some "surplus" powder I bought from Bartlett, and an 8 lb jug of Universal that would be a hassle to carry from the cabinet and sit on the bench when I reload (weak old man?), so I put some powder in well marked "surplus" one pound bottles...
I would be very cautious storing powder in a container that may interact with it's acidity such as bleach.

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I top up the powder hopper - when finished I dump the left over powder into a large 'pill' bottle - oh I use a sharpie to mark what's in it. Seem my theory is the same as everyone else, only open 'the' main container as little as posable and don't return anything to it.

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I've never seen the need for smaller containers. I pour from my 8# jug directly into the powder hopper using a funnel. Put the 8 pounder back in the storage cabinet until next time.
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:02 AM
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I keep extra 1lb container with correct labels. I just use painters tape to label the lot numbers if I have different lots.
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Old 04-17-2020, 06:39 AM
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I top up the powder hopper - when finished I dump the left over powder into a large 'pill' bottle - oh I use a sharpie to mark what's in it. Seem my theory is the same as everyone else, only open 'the' main container as little as posable and don't return anything to it.

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I have to ask.......seein’ as you are from the land of Aussies, is your definition of a “pill bottle” different from ours?
For all I know, it’s a modified Fosters oil can!
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Old 04-17-2020, 08:51 AM
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I do it with some regularity. No problem.
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Old 04-17-2020, 09:07 AM
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I had several powders in 8 lb containers. To avoid confusion, I ordered 1 pounders for each of the powders I used most so that I wouldn't have to keep opening the 8 pounders. For lesser used powders, I label with a Sharpie and mark out any other markings on the container.

One type of small container I've used is empty Ensure type bottles. Washed out good and filled with baking soda for a couple of months(they stink like the previous contents), they work fine. Just remember to remove the plastic label to get a plain white bottle. Admittedly, they are kind of small but for low volume reloading they work. Unused powder goes back into the larger jug.
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Old 04-17-2020, 09:12 AM
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I always seem to have an empty small container for the same powder I have in the large container.

The only exception to this would be my jugs of Shooter's World powders and my Ramshot Competition.

The Ramshot I picked up when a supplier was going out of business. 4 lb jugs were $42.99. I bought 16 lbs.
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:38 PM
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I would be very cautious storing powder in a container that may interact with it's acidity such as bleach.

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Bartlett shipped the powders in new, clean, white, opaque bottles that closely resemble typical bleach bottles. I used the term beach bottles as a description only. I have some WC820 in a "bleach" bottle I purchased in 1998, still good as the jug had no bleach in it prior to the powder...
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I've never seen the need for smaller containers. I pour from my 8# jug directly into the powder hopper using a funnel. Put the 8 pounder back in the storage cabinet until next time.
Same here. If I don't use all of the powder from the powder measure, it all goes back in the big jug. I don't see anything to be gained by schlepping powder back and forth to different containers. A couple of errant granuals in a 8# jug is not going to make any difference. There are better things to be anal about.
I do use a small stick on dot label to identify what powder is in the hopper at any given time. When the hopper is empty the label gets trashed.
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Old 04-17-2020, 02:33 PM
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Same here. If I don't use all of the powder from the powder measure, it all goes back in the big jug. I don't see anything to be gained by schlepping powder back and forth to different containers. A couple of errant granuals in a 8# jug is not going to make any difference. There are better things to be anal about.
I do use a small stick on dot label to identify what powder is in the hopper at any given time. When the hopper is empty the label gets trashed.
It's just a matter of preference, not about errant granules. I'd rather handle smaller container is all. Until now 1lb containers were locally available, buy a couple at a time and I'm for 5 or 6 months. Now that they're not available and ordering online in small quantities doesn't make sense from the price point of view.
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I have to ask.......seein’ as you are from the land of Aussies, is your definition of a “pill bottle” different from ours?
For all I know, it’s a modified Fosters oil can!
Now that ^^^is funny.
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Old 04-18-2020, 12:36 PM
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I don't "schlep" powder back and forth from container to container. For efficiency, I pour some powder out of an 8 lb. container into a 1 lb. container. Easier to handle. Since I only allow one powder container on my bench at a time, a 1 lb. container takes up way less space (on and already "crowded" area). When I am done with a reloading session, I remove the powder from my powder measure, I do not leave it sit in the hopper, even overnight. In 35+ years of reloading I have never dropped a 1 lb. powder bottle, but once I did drop an 8 lb. jug of WC 820 and spilled about 15-18 grains on the floor. Because on my methods I don't have to scribble a powder name on a tag or sticky note and paste it to my powder measure, I just look to the left about 8" and see the specific, well labeled bottle the powder in the measure came out of, safer and more efficient...
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