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    Posted: 16 September 2018 at 22:22
About a month ago I was working on loads for the Swede. I loaded 10 rounds each of a couple different powder charges using Reloader 22. Then I loaded 10 rounds each of a couple different powder charges using IMR 4350. 

When I was done, I guess I was thinking more about going to the range than I was about what I was doing and I had about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of IMR 4350 left in my powder measure. So, Here's the not thinking part, I emptied the leftover powder into an almost full one pound container of Reloader 22. DAMN. 

I realized what I did about the time I was putting the lid on the container. 

I marked the container and set it aside and went on with a new container of Reloader 22. 

I haven't done anything with the "Blended Powder" but keep looking at it every time I am loading. 

What would you do with it? IMR 4350 is a little bit faster burning than Reloader 22 but not all that much. As far as loading data for the 6.5X55 43.0 is max for the 4350 and 46.5 is max for Re-22. 

Their isn't much 4350 in the pound of Re-22. What do you think? Use it or dump it?

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Edited by Wing master - 16 September 2018 at 22:24
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Well I'ld personally use it, though not in anything vital. More like with a couple rolls of duct-tape and some tannerite under a stump.

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Dump it.  just a few dollars, probably worth less than a pack of smokes.

Or just use each up as plinkers....blending it means no 'book loads' and no repeat-ability.
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The safest course is to dump it.

If you were to use it, even if you mixed it well, you'd not get same results nor repeatability. As far as the cost, if you load the 150rds or so, using blended powder, you'll be using more than powder's cost in bullets, primers, barrel life, and your time.

I only have one type of powder, out at a time, avoids these type of mistakes.

About as far as I'll go "blending" powder, is adding last of one lot #, to another full lb of different lot #, of same powder.
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I agree. I was just hoping someone would come up with something it could be used for. I guess I could always test my theory that with the nitrogen content that gunpowder should make good fertilizer. 

I'll dump it in a small area of the yard and see if the grass grows faster or greener. 

Thanks guys. 

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Wing, a bit late here to the post but I think your dump on lawn solution was best. Let us know how the grass reacted.
Altho, it is fun to dump smokeless powder in a pile on concrete driveway....on a dark night....and light it off....watch quick tho cuz it burns really fast.....& really Bright!Cool
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Yeah, I went ahead and dumped it. I thought real hard about lighting it but I guess I'm getting old and will wait for the grass to grow. 

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You should have wrote something in grass with powder. Used to do that in HS, on rival's ball fields, with 21/0/0 fertilizer, it would burn the grass first and then grass would be real green, for long afterwards.
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Robert...now I hear you were a trouble maker even back then.  LOL
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That is a good idea Robert. If I ever mess up another one i'll do that.

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