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Old 05-17-2019, 4:38 PM
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Default Overly compressed Unique powder, can I reuse or should I dispose?

Earlier this year I accidentaly had seated a 44mag bullet very deeply into the case using the expander die, see pics at the follwing post:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...9&postcount=14

When I finally got an impact puller and removed the projectile I found that half of the powder was compressed into a flat disc at the bottom of the case and wouldn't come out. I had to use the impact puller to get that powder out.

The powder is Unique and actually looks ok now. Lots of flat little discs. Will the extreme compression have changed its burn properties / characteristics? Am I overthinking this?

We're only talking about 10 grains here, so its not a big deal to just use it as plant fertilizer to be safe, but I am curious either way.
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Old 05-17-2019, 4:55 PM
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If the kernels are broken up and turned into dust, that would change the burning rate and property of the powder. Data from reloading manuals would be useless for it.
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From the looks of that picture you have oh, I would toss it it's a very small amount.
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That small amount. Throw it on the lawn.
It's not worth taking a chance.
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When in doubt toss it out. The plants will thank you.
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I took a closer look at the extracted powder and saw ground up bits in the bottom, so its definitely been affected. Not worth chancing it, I'll feed it to the plants.
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