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Dupont Hi-Skor 700x

Henry0ReillyHenry0Reilly Member Posts: 10,675 ✭✭✭
How long has it been since this was produced?  There's a partial 12# keg on the auction right now with $175 asking price that keeps relisting. How much would a sealed 12# keg be worth?

I thought I might reload .38 special some day but I got a guy bugging me to sell him the powder. I took it on trade for a gun, I got a rock chucker and .38 dies that were left behind in a house I moved into but I was thinking more along the lines of having it if necessary rather than reloading for fun.
I used to recruit for the NRA until they sold us down the river (again!) in Heller v. DC. See my auctions (if any) under username henryreilly

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  • bpostbpost Member Posts: 30,985 ✭✭✭✭
    I was just given an 8 pound jug free.  I will use it in target pistol loads .38, 9MM, .357, 45 and some cast bullet rifle loads.
  • Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,296 ✭✭✭
    It has been a good many years since powder was branded DuPont.  I think I had some DuPont 700X when I first started trapshooting in the 1970s, but then it became IMR and now Hodgdon. I used it in pistol loads but it is a large flake powder and does not meter well 3 grains at a time.  I had a vibrator on the powder measure the last time I used some. 
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,456 ✭✭✭
    It has been a good many years since powder was branded DuPont.  I think I had some DuPont 700X when I first started trapshooting in the 1970s, but then it became IMR and now Hodgdon. I used it in pistol loads but it is a large flake powder and does not meter well 3 grains at a time.  I had a vibrator on the powder measure the last time I used some. 
    +1! 
    Last can of 700X I bought was do to  Obama. Almost nothing was available for reloading. As far as powder(s) and primers, were concerned. It was like the 22 rimfire famine, that was happening at the same time.

    To make a long story short. Avoid 700X like the plague, for reloading handguns. It doesn't run accurately, through a powder measure. The very best of my loads were +/- 1/2 grain. which is freaking scary. When using fast burning powder, like 700X is. 

    Don't even attempt to use 700X, for handgun loads. You got a shotgunner, who wants to buy that jug of 700X off you. Get the money, and run like the wind. Make sure it's not some misguided dolt, who  figures to use it in handgun loads. Making a mistake, with fast burning powder in small capacity cases. Is a recipe for disaster.  
  • bpostbpost Member Posts: 30,985 ✭✭✭✭
    I am saddened to hear of your bad experiences with 700X and varying powder charges.  I use an old Lyman orange colored powder measure with the dual slides for single stage reloading.  I checked the consistency of 700X due to your post, it had me worried for sure.  I weighed the charges on a Lyman 1500 combo scale.  After settling the powder at 1/2 full in the hopper I weighed the charges thrown by the Lyman dispenser, no particular weight was chosen I just opened it up some and started throwing charges.  I threw and measured 10 charges per weight test.  The highest charge was 50.3 grains.  The lowest was 50.1 grains for 10 throws of the measure.
    I can live with that variation, when splitting 1/100 of a grain I am not gonna worry.
    As Perry Shooter used to say YMMV.
  • love2shootlove2shoot Member Posts: 188 ✭✭
    $175 has exceeded the price of a similar powder brand new.
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