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Old 01-28-2012, 9:34 AM
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Smile powder storage

Hey guys and gals,
How do you store your powder for reloading.And how much is too much
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:28 AM
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I store mine away from open flames

On a serious note a cool place is best. Try to avoid the garage / higher temperatures which will deteriorate powder much quicker. Otherwise powder is still in use from 30-40 years ago +!!
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:30 AM
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Tuck it under the bed.
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Old 01-28-2012, 4:56 PM
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I store mine inside an XL ammo can and in a cool dry place
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Old 01-28-2012, 5:41 PM
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Health and12102. This chapter does not apply to any possession or use of 20
pounds or less of smokeless powder, or one pound or less of black
sporting powder, provided that:
(a) Smokeless powder is intended only for hand loading of small
arms ammunition of .75 caliber or less.
(b) Black sporting powder is intended for loading of small arms or
small arms ammunition of .75 caliber or less.
(c) All such powder is for private use and not for resale, and, in
the case of black sporting powder, there shall be no gift, delivery,
or other disposition to another person.
(d) The storage, use and handling of such smokeless and black
powder conforms to rules, regulations, or ordinances of authorities
having jurisdiction for fire prevention and suppression in the area
of such storage, use, and handling of such explosives.



12102.1. Any person who sells, gives, delivers or otherwise
disposes of 20 pounds or less of smokeless powder, or one pound or
less of black sporting powder, shall first obtain a statement from
the person who purchases or otherwise receives such powder, which
statement shall include:
(a) The name, address and birth date of the person purchasing or
receiving the powder.
(b) The purpose for which the powder is intended to be used,
handled, stored, or possessed.
(c) The type and amount of the powder.
(d) The signature of the person purchasing or receiving the
powder.
(e) The driver's license number, selective service card number, or
other identifying information concerning the person purchasing or
receiving the powder.
Any person furnishing a fictitious name or address or knowingly
furnishing an incorrect birth date and any person violating any of
the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.



12103. Application for a permit, as required under Section 12101,
shall be made by filing a statement on forms prescribed by the State
Fire Marshal. Such statement shall contain, but shall not necessarily
be limited to, the following:
(a) The name and address of the applicant.
(b) The name and address of the employee or authorized
representatives designated by the applicant as being responsible for
the use, handling, storage, possession, or transportation of
explosives for the applicant and whether the employee or authorized
representative has been issued a blaster's license by the Division of
Industrial Safety to use or handle explosives.
(c) The place where, and the purpose for which, the explosives are
intended to be used, handled, stored, or possessed.
(d) The type and amount of explosives for which application is
made.
(e) The signature of the applicant.
(f) The number of times purchases may be made and the frequency of
such purchases.
(g) The routes, highways, and stopping places intended to be
utilized in transporting the explosives.
Safety Code
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Old 01-28-2012, 5:43 PM
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Chapter 14 Small Arms Ammunition and Primers, Smokeless Propellants, and Black Powder Propellants
14.1 Basic Requirements.
14.1.1 In addition to all other applicable requirements of this code, intrastate transportation of small arms ammunition, small arms primers, smokeless propellants, and Black Powder shall comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR 100–199.

14.1.2 This chapter shall apply to the users and distribution channels of small arms ammunition, small arms primers, smokeless propellants, and Black Powder.
14.1.3 This chapter shall not apply to in-process storage and intraplant transportation during manufacture.
14.1.4 This chapter shall apply to the transportation and storage of small arms ammunition and components.
14.1.5 This chapter shall not apply to safety procedures in the use of small arms ammunition and components.
14.1.6 The bulk repackaging of small arms ammunition, primers, smokeless propellants, or Black Powder propellants shall not be performed in retail stores.
14.2 Small Arms Ammunition.
14.2.1 No restrictions shall be imposed on transportation of small arms ammunition other than those imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation or by the presence of other hazardous materials.
14.2.2 No quantity limitations shall be imposed on the storage of small arms ammunition in warehouses, retail stores, and other occupancies other than those imposed by the limitations of the storage facility and by public safety regulations.
14.2.3 Small arms ammunition shall be separated from materials classified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as flammable liquids, flammable solids, and oxidizing materials by a distance of 4.6 m (15 ft) or by a fire partition having a fire resistance of at least 1 hour.
14.2.4 Small arms ammunition shall not be stored together with Division 1.1, Division 1.2, or Division 1.3 explosives, except where the storage facility is suitable for the storage of explosive materials.
14.2.5* Damaged Ammunition.
14.2.5.1 Small arms ammunition that has been exposed to fire or has been damaged by exposure to water shall not be returned to commercial channels for reasons of consumer safety.
14.2.5.2 The manufacturer shall be contacted to obtain recommendations for the disposal of damaged ammunition.
14.3 Smokeless Propellants.
14.3.1 Quantities of smokeless propellants not exceeding 11.3 kg (25 lb) in shipping containers approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation shall be permitted to be transported in a private vehicle.
14.3.2 Quantities of smokeless propellants exceeding 11.3 kg (25 lb), but not exceeding 22.7 kg (50 lb), transported in a private vehicle shall be transported in a portable magazine having wood walls of at least 25.4 mm (1 in.) nominal thickness.
14.3.3 Transportation of more than 22.7 kg (50 lb) of smokeless propellants in a private vehicle shall be prohibited.
14.3.4 Commercial shipments of smokeless propellants for small arms that has been classed in Division 1.3 shall be permitted to be reclassed as Division 4.1 flammable solid for transportation purposes for shipment by motor vehicle, rail car, vessel, or cargo-only aircraft, subject to the conditions stated in the U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR 173.171.
14.3.5 Commercial shipments of smokeless propellants exceeding 45.4 kg (100 lb) or not packaged in accordance with the regulations cited in 14.3.4 shall be transported in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for Division 1.1 or 1.3 explosives.
14.3.6 Smokeless propellants shall be stored in shipping containers specified by U.S. Department of Transportation “Hazardous Materials Regulations.”
14.3.7 Quantities.
14.3.7.1 Smokeless propellants intended for personal use in quantities not exceeding 9.1 kg (20 lb) shall be permitted to be stored in original containers in residences.
14.3.7.2 Quantities exceeding 9.1 kg (20 lb), but not exceeding 22.7 kg (50 lb), shall be permitted to be stored in residences where kept in a wooden box or cabinet having walls of at least 25.4 mm (1 in.) nominal thickness.
14.3.8 Not more than 22.7 kg (50 lb) of smokeless propellants, in containers of a 0.45 kg (1 lb) maximum capacity, shall be displayed in commercial establishments.
14.3.9 Commercial stocks of smokeless propellants shall be stored as follows:
(1) Quantities exceeding 22.7 kg (50 lb), but not exceeding 45.4 kg (100 lb), shall be stored in portable wooden boxes having walls of at least a 25.4 mm (1 in.) thickness.
(2) Quantities exceeding 45.4 kg (100 lb), but not exceeding 363 kg (800 lb), shall be stored in nonportable storage cabinets having walls of at least a 25.4 mm (1 in.) thickness.
(3) Not more than 181 kg (400 lb) shall be permitted to be stored in any one cabinet, and cabinets shall be separated by a distance of at least 7.63 m (25 ft) or by a fire partition having a fire resistance of at least 1 hour.
(4) Quantities exceeding 363 kg (800 lb) but not exceeding 2268 kg (5000 lb) shall be permitted to be stored in a building, provided the following requirements are met:
(a) The warehouse or storage room shall not be accessible to unauthorized personnel.
(b) Smokeless propellants shall be stored in nonportable storage cabinets having wood walls of at least 25.4 mm (1 in.) thickness and having shelves with no more than 0.92 m (3 ft) of separation between shelves.
(c) No more than 181 kg (400 lb) shall be stored in any one cabinet.
(d) Cabinets shall be located against the walls of the storage room or warehouse with at least 12.2 m (40 ft) between cabinets.
(e) The separation between cabinets shall be permitted to be reduced to 6.1 m (20 ft) where barricades twice the height of the cabinets are attached to the wall, midway between each cabinet.
(f) The barricades shall extend at least 3 m (10 ft) outward, shall be firmly attached to the wall, and shall be constructed of 6.4 mm (¼ in.) boiler plate, 51 mm (2 in.) thick wood, brick, or concrete block.
(g) Smokeless propellants shall be separated from materials classified by the U.S. DOT as flammable liquids, flammable solids, and oxidizing materials by a distance of 7.63 m (25 ft) or by a fire partition having a fire resistance of at least 1 hour.
(h) The building shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
(5) Smokeless propellants not stored in accordance with 14.3.9(1) through 14.3.9(4) shall be stored in a Type 4 magazine constructed and located in accordance with Chapter 9.
14.4 Black Powder.
14.4.1 Black Powder shall be transported in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations. (See also Chapter 8.)
14.4.2 Black Powder shall be stored in shipping containers approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
14.4.3 Black Powder intended for personal use in quantities not exceeding 9.1 kg (20 lb) shall be permitted to be stored in residences where kept in the original containers and stored in a wooden box or cabinet having walls of at least a 25.4 mm (1 in.) nominal thickness.
14.4.4 No more than 0.45 kg (1 lb) of Black Powder shall be displayed in commercial establishments.
14.4.5 Commercial stocks stored in buildings in quantities not exceeding 22.7 kg (50 lb) shall be stored in a Type 4 indoor magazine.
14.4.6 Commercial stocks in quantities exceeding 22.7 kg (50 lb) shall be stored in a Type 4 outdoor magazine.
14.4.7 Where smokeless propellants are stored in the same magazine with Black Powder, the total quantity shall not exceed that permitted for Black Powder.
14.4.8 Commercial shipments of Black Powder for small arms that has been classed in Division 1.3 shall be permitted to be reclassed as Division 4.1 flammable solid for transportation purposes for shipment by motor vehicle, rail car, vessel, or cargo-only aircraft, subject to the conditions stated in the U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR 173.171.
14.5 Small Arms Primers.
14.5.1 Small arms primers shall be transported or stored in containers approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
14.5.2 Transportation of small arms primers shall comply with U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations.
14.5.3 No more than 25,000 small arms primers shall be permitted to be transported in a private vehicle.
14.5.4 No more than 10,000 small arms primers shall be permitted to be stored in residences.
14.5.5 No more than 10,000 small arms primers shall be permitted to be displayed in commercial establishments.
14.5.6 Commercial stocks of small arms primers shall be stored as follows:
(1) Quantities not exceeding 750,000 shall be permitted to be stored in a building where not more than 100,000 are stored in any one pile and where piles are at least 4.6 m (15 ft) apart.
(2) Quantities exceeding 750,000 shall be permitted to be stored in a building, provided the following conditions are met:
(a) The warehouse or storage room shall not be accessible to unauthorized personnel.
(b) Primers shall be stored in cabinets.
(c) No more than 200,000 primers shall be stored in any one cabinet.
(d) Shelves in cabinets shall have a vertical separation of at least 0.6 m (2 ft).
(e) Cabinets shall be located against the walls of the warehouse or storage room with at least 12.2 m (40 ft) between cabinets.
(f) The separation between cabinets shall be permitted to be reduced to 6.1 m (20 ft) where barricades twice the height of the cabinets are attached to the wall, midway between each cabinet.
(g) The barricades shall extend at least 3 m (10 ft) outward, shall be firmly attached to the wall, and shall be constructed of 6.4 mm (¼ in.) boiler plate, 51 mm (2 in.) thick wood, brick, or concrete block.
(h) Primers shall be separated from materials classified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as flammable liquids, flammable solids, and oxidizing materials by a distance of 7.63 m (25 ft) or by a fire partition having a fire resistance of at least 1 hour.
(i) The building shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
(3) Small arms primers not stored in accordance with 14.5.6(1) through 14.5.6(2) shall be stored in a magazine meeting the requirements of Chapter 9.
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Old 01-28-2012, 7:54 PM
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Old 01-28-2012, 8:32 PM
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Cal Vehicle Code
27903. (a) Subject to Section 114765 of the Health and Safety Code,
any vehicle transporting any explosive, blasting agent, flammable
liquid, flammable solid, oxidizing material, corrosive, compressed
gas, poison, radioactive material, or other hazardous materials, of
the type and in quantities that require the display of placards or
markings on the vehicle exterior by the United States Department of
Transportation regulations (49 C.F.R., Parts 172, 173, and 177),
shall display the placards and markings in the manner and under
conditions prescribed by those regulations of the United States
Department of Transportation.
(b) This section does not apply to the following:
(1) Any vehicle transporting not more than 20 pounds of smokeless
powder or not more than five pounds of black sporting powder or any
combination thereof.
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Old 01-28-2012, 8:44 PM
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Default SAAMI's Thoughts (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute)

Powder http://www.saami.org/specifications_...ess_Powder.pdf


Primers http://www.saami.org/specifications_...01-Primers.pdf
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A ammo can is not a good idea as you are containing the powder and thus making it into a bomb.
I store mine in rubber tubs and cardboad boxes in my reloading/computer room. That is I store the original containers in the tubs/boxes.
Primers are stored inrubermade shoebox size containers
My lawyer will not let me disclose the amount I have............
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Store in a cool dry location in the original container. If stored in a powder magazine it needs a weak wall or a vent to disperse built up gasses (per SAAMI).
Remove all your wife's clothes in the closet,store there.

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i store mine in the original containers in a old refridgerator to keep the temp extremes more even , it is not plugged in , about 40 lbs or so of different powders
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