In cleaning up the gun closet, I found some old sealed cans of black powder, from the eighties. I have heard that this stuff will blow up guns. Is this an old wives tale, or does some of the binding agents give way, and radically change the burn rate? There have been a few blow ups in our local paper, that injured folks. Usually this would be a partially seated charge, but what does the forum know about longevity of different powder substitutes? The late gunsmith William Osburn, told me, Du Pont went to the messy ammoniate, in their black powder back in the fifties, and this was why all our modern stuff fouls so much more than the antique KCLO3, did. Mr. Osburn was with Western Cartridge during WWII, and he should have known. But the black powder boom, pardon the pun, was under way about the time he passed on, so modern black powder longevity wasn't something he faced.