Old Powder Handed to me: how safe is it?

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Old Powder Handed to me: how safe is it?

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I’ve just been given a gift of a large Coleman cooler full of old smokeless powder canisters. Some are dated back to 1986. The stash has been stored out in a work shed, unconditioned, in North Florida heat and humidity for years. Many canisters are old Winchester powder metal cans, with half being mostly empty, but the rest are almost, if not completely full, with several showing no signs the inner seal hasn’t been removed. I opened and smelled most, and they look and smell okay. There are a few plastic containers dating to 2002. These also seem “good” smelling to me.

What are the opinions on the viability and safety of these powders. The metal cans with rust on the exterior don’t seem to have any corrosion on the insides.

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I have used shotgun powder that is decades old with no problems. As long as you know that is what is in the container.
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As long as it smells normal & hasn't deteriorated visually it should be fine.
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Thanks.
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I still shoot powder made in WWI and it is as good as the day it was made as it has been properly stored.
You have several hundreds of dollars of powder that will last you a "few years".
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