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Lesson learned today. I sat down at my reloading bench to work up some test loads for .223 and 9mm....hypothetically speaking since all of my reloading stuff was lost in a tragic boating accident.

I found I had left powder in the dispenser since my last session! :( It didn't really take long to figure out what it was but there was no labeling on it or anything. It's not like I use a lot of different powders but it's obvious (now) to me that the proper habit is to simply empty the hopper upon finishing a run of cartridges.

So other noobs out there, read and learn!
 

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Been there. I now make an effort to only have the powder container that I am working with on the bench. I'll even put a small sample in the cap to compare (if I have been busy or distracted) before I return the powder to the jar. I've had the occasional emergency shutdown and come back to a bench hours later - the system helps.
 
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The only stuff I've needed to get rid of is smokeless powder from live rounds that I find picking up brass. I knock them apart with a bullet puller and either toss it in the yard (yep - good fertilizer) or torch it depending on time and mood. The collector in me won't let me toss the bullets so I have a storage container of misfit bullets. Maybe they'll come in handy - some day - for something!
 
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I always leave a small note on my machine, as to what it's currently set up to load, powder in the hopper, and charge.
 

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I always leave a small note on my machine, as to what it's currently set up to load, powder in the hopper, and charge.
Time for some Post Its on the bench. I have a note log but If I'm working on a given load, not a new one I mark it then erase that - easier to post on the machine I think!
 

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How do you dispose of your unknown powder. I normally burn what I need to dispose of on a concrete block in small quantities.
I didn't dispose of this powder. I was able to comfortably figure out what it was and used it. Be careful with burning stuff around here right now! JK The fire threat here is about as high as it can get! Brevard County is one of the worst in this area right now.
 

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Use a reloading log. Record information when you sit down to load, when you get up from the bench, and when you shoot what you loaded.
 

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Use a reloading log. Record information when you sit down to load, when you get up from the bench, and when you shoot what you loaded.
That's great thanks! The message on the PDF is particularly fun and an appropriate color - the green of envy?!?!

I keep recipes and notes in my Lyman's book, have a chrono/load spreadsheet that goes to the range with me, mark bullets by primer color (markers) and put the load data per color on each box. This will help as a master log and I can fold the info from the range doc into this and have more in one place. Very nice!~ ;)
 

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That's great thanks! The message on the PDF is particularly fun and an appropriate color - the green of envy?!?!

I keep recipes and notes in my Lyman's book, have a chrono/load spreadsheet that goes to the range with me, mark bullets by primer color (markers) and put the load data per color on each box. This will help as a master log and I can fold the info from the range doc into this and have more in one place. Very nice!~ ;)
Ha! I don't remember what I put on there. (I'll have to take a look :D) I think it's a bit lighter than envy green - it is the default watermark color, offhand I don't know how to change it.
And you're welcome. The .odf is for those who would like to modify the file.
 

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Use a reloading log. Record information when you sit down to load, when you get up from the bench, and when you shoot what you loaded.
Oh yeah definitely use the reloading log. It was one of the things that helped me figure out what powder I left in the hopper.
 

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Ha! I don't remember what I put on there. (I'll have to take a look :D) I think it's a bit lighter than envy green - it is the default watermark color, offhand I don't know how to change it.
And you're welcome. The .odf is for those who would like to modify the file.
Yeah - it IS actually more like lime sherbet (not this one) "People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Right straight through the middle of the page. I kept the other as a Word table PDFs can be opened and changed with Adobe Acrobat Pro or Photoshop. I like it the way it is - for now! :D
 

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I always have a post it pad handy. I write on it what powder and drop it in the hopper.. That way if I don't dump the powder back right away, I have a note inside the hopper to remind me.
 

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And I leave what I'm loading on the bench, bullets, cases, holders, powder and load data. When I switch all is put away and the new load stuff is put out. That way it is obvious what you were loading when called away. But you do have to be a bit anal about doing it that way.
 

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I use to stick a note in the hopper to indicate the powder back when I was reloading rifle cases. Lately for pistols the only two powders I'm using is Unique and 231 so it's pretty obvious which is which.
 

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I use a piece of masking tape with the name of the powder written on it. I tape it over the hopper so that i can't add powder without removing the tape.
 

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How do you dispose of your unknown powder. I normally burn what I need to dispose of on a concrete block in small quantities.
spread it thinly and sparingly on the lawn, its good fertilizer!
Nitro cellulose and /or nitro glycerine!
cousins to the ever popular Ammonia nitrate (high nitrogen fertilizer) thats the terrorist favorite material!
water it in a bit if it bothers you.
 
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