Sticky Powder?

TommyD11730

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Alright, maybe not sticky but check this out.
I broke down some 223 I loaded about a year... maybe 2 years ago. Once fired LC brass, winchester primers and Varget powder. Rounds stored in my home, not climate controlled but I don't live in a swamp either.
After pulling the 69SMKs I inverted the brass and the powder wouldn't come out, even when lightly tapping inverted. I had to put a tiny screwdriver into the cases to get the powder "unstuck" and out.
Not a compressed load.. so I'm wondering is this normal?
Powder looked fine once I got it out and in a pan to look it over.
 

spife7980

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Common enough. Shake it all up and ould never be able to tell the difference. Ie even opened up a jug that sat for a couple years and had set up or whatever, a quick shake and it was back to normal.
 

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Did you let your powder read a playboy before you loaded it in the case?
 
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not sure about sticky powder but i have noticed that some bounces better than others.. I use an Auto Trickler V2
Example: When I load Varget, kernels of powder bounce everywhere. makes a damn mess. When I load H4350, there is an occasional kernel or two on the scale but nothing significant..

Conclusion Varget has flubber in it..
 
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greentick

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Same issue with Varget I pulled from some 308. I used a paperclip. As soon as it broke contact spilled out like new. I've reloaded and shot that same powder w/o a problem.