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Important Safety and Health Precautions
To perform in a gun, powders must ignite easily and burn rapidly. These characteristics require use of common sense to avoid accidents
. YOU MUST OBSERVE THESE PRECAUTIONS:
DO NOT smoke when reloading.
DO NOT use spark-producing tools.
DO NOT mix powders of different kinds.
DO NOT leave powder where children can get it.
DO NOT try to load when distracted.
Avoid an open fire or working near spark-producing machinery.
Pour out only the amount of powder needed for immediate work.
Check the powder measure each time it is used. Make sure the settings have not been
accidentally changed. Check-weigh "thrown charges" frequently.
Clean up any spilled powders. Use a brush and dustpan; do not use a vacuum cleaner. Dispose
of spilled powder as described in the SAAMI pages of this Guide.
Store powder only in its original container, which was carefully designed for this usage. DO NOT REPACKAGE
. Do not purchase or accept any Alliant powder not in its original, FACTORY-SEALED container.
Be sure the powder container is completely empty before discarding. Do not use the container to
store other powders or materials, or for any other purpose.
Always keep in mind that smokeless powder is an explosive material and highly flammable. It
should always be stored and handled in such a way as to avoid impact, friction, heat, sparks, or flame.
Wear safety glasses when reloading.
This material contains nitroglycerin. Inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion may cause severe
headache, nausea, and lowering of blood pressure. THEREFORE, THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS MUST BE OBSERVED WHEN HANDLING POWDERS:
Do not take internally. In case of ingestion, cause vomiting. Call a physician.
Avoid contamination of food, beverages, or smoking materials.
Avoid breathing dust. Ensure adequate ventilation during handling.
Wash thoroughly after handling and before eating, drinking, or smoking.
Do not carry powder in clothing.
You must also always remember:
Establish a routine for reloading. It will result in more uniform loads and less chance of error.
Some primers are more powerful than others (they produce more gas at a higher temperature). Use only the primers specified herein.
Shotshell wads differ in their sealing ability. Use only the load combinations specified herein.
If you use cast bullets, their diameter, hardness, lubrication, and crimp will affect the ballistics.
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may
result in exposure to lead, a substance known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, and
other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands and face
thoroughly after handling and before coming in contact with food, chewing materials, and smoking material.
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