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SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER
RELOAD WITH CONFIDENCE!
What’s Your TITAN Advantage?….WE RELOAD!
***Your Reloading Specialists***
WOW! Summer’s all but gone already. The kids around here start school today and the days have definitely gotten shorter. If you’re like me it’s all good because hunting is just around the corner but I sure hate to see summer go.
The Titan Crew would like to THANK all of you, our loyal customers. A couple weeks ago
on August 19th, Titan Reloading celebrated it’s 11th year in business. September 1st, will mark the six year anniversary of our showroom’s opening in Hartford Wisconsin. We appreciate your supporting our business and we will continue to live up to the many kind recommendations you have shared with your friends.
We are truly enjoying all the friends we have made through Titan Reloading and look forward to many more. Feel free to contact us. When possible, please email us rather than call. Due to our limited phone system and staff we are able to respond to your questions quicker via email. Please include your full name or order ID number with any order inquiries. Service and Support is our top priority. As always, you will find many answers to questions in the “FAQ” and “Help Videos” areas of our website www.titanreloading.com . Check us out on YouTube
Dennis / Titan Reloading
Lee Pro 4000
The Auto Breech Lock Pro has gotten off to an almost trouble-free start. Owners are happy with the press and ecstatic with the trouble-free operation. The only complaint is that the press is not offered as a complete kit. To remedy this Lee Precision is introducing the Pro 4000 Kits for the most popular calibers.
The Kits Include:
Breech Lock Pro Press
Die Set in Specified
Auto Drum Powder Measure
Safety Primer Feed
Universal Case Feeder
INSIGHT OF THE MONTH:
PROPER POWDER STORAGE
Some years ago I read an article by Charles “Skeeter” Skelton, the handgun editor of Shooting Times magazine. He told a story of how he had loaded up what he called “stout” loads for a friend. The friend tried to shoot a range bull that was down and needed to be killed. The rounds went “poop” and bounced off the bull’s skull at point blank range. Skeeter went back and checked his powder measure which had been left with the powder in it for quite some time prior to cooking up the loads. When he dumped the powder out he found lots of it adhering, actually melted into the plastic hopper. He realized that the chemical reaction between the powder and the plastic hopper caused degradation of the powder. He was correct as this is the first reasons you should empty the powder back into the bottle after a reloading session. When I first started reloading, I recall reading from loading manuals of the day that there were a number possible problems from leaving powder in the hopper.
1. Powder attacking the plastic hopper and degrading the powder as in the previous story. Nitrocellulose powders are extruded thru use of a solvent, Acetone mainly, to soften it and make it plastic for processing it. Acetone can melt or soften polystyrene plastics. Nitroglycerine-augmented nitrocellulose powders (double-base) involve even more solvents to introduce the EXTRA nitro into the guncotton.
2. Confusion later as to which powder is in the hopper leading to using the wrong amount/weight of powder in a load.
3. Powder being adversely affected by UV light (from a window or fluorescent lights), leading to decomposition or change in burning rate. Powder comes in opaque cans for a reason, powder will degrade in light over time.
4. Degradation of the powder from exposure to humidity because a hopper will not seal as well as the powder bottle or jug. Smokeless powder is hydrophilic (it will absorb humidity from the air) and when it absorbs water, it swells and this will change the burning characteristics of the powder. Only the top half inch or so will swell like this. This makes any later charges thrown from that powder less powerful than the first charges thrown from dry powder, but not consistently so. Most basement reloading rooms have higher humidity than any other room in the house (excepting the bathroom). The manufacturers go to great pains to maintain consistent moisture levels for every batch they make. For that reason alone you should store your powder in a tightly sealed original can after each loading session.
I highly recommend using the proper powder storage procedures and as a final point of emphasis is the following statement found on the Hodgdon’s reloading data website: “Powder left in the reloader’s powder measure hoppers for extended periods, overnight or several days, should be avoided. Powder needs to be stored in original containers ONLY, when not in use. Numerous modern smokeless powders are double base in construction, containing both Nitrocellulose and Nitroglycerine.”
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