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Clays powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by capvan, Dec 5, 2008.

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  1. capvan

    capvan Active Member

    Oct 28, 2008
    Getting confused with "Clays" Powder. So far I've seen a "Clays", "Universal Clays", "Green Clays", and "International Clays".

    Exactly how many different ones are there? Differences?
  2. dverna

    dverna Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Clays??????

    I use Clays for pistol reloading (9mm 38 Spl, and 45 ACP) Used to use it for light 12 ga loads as it is a fast burner.

    International Clays for heavy handicap loads.

    Universal Clays for the 28 ga.

  3. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Never heard of green clays

    CLAYS is great in 12 guage 7/8 OZ and 1 Oz target loads and lower vel 1 1/8 Oz loads. Also a good powder for lower vel target handguns loads. Similar powders from other makers include 700X and Red Dot.

    International Clays is a good one for 1 1/8 Oz target loads up to handicap velocities. Compare to Green Dot

    Universal Clays is good for heavier 12 guage hunting loads and most 20 and 28 guage loads.

    All of these CLAYS powders are Hodgdon.
  4. Quack Shot

    Quack Shot Active Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    There are so many "Clays" derivitives it gets rather confusing. There is the original Clays, Universal Clays, International Clays, Clay Dot, etc. They are all different powders with different burning rates, although Clays and Clay Dot are similar. These two are made by different companies. Clay Dot is a close copy of the original Clays from Hodgdon. Clay Dot is made by Alliant Powder. Most of the other "Clays" are made for Hodgdon in Australia, if my info is still correct. They are ALL good powders, but the ones from Hodgdon are made for different types of loads. Clays is the fastest and used for the lighter loads, as is Clay Dot, since it is similar. International Clays is a little slower and can be used in slightly heavier loads. Universal Clays is slower yet, and can be used in slightly heavier loads than the others. They ALL have applications for Handgun loads, but Clay Dot has very little data available, if any, for that application.

    Check out the loading data at:



    Hope that helped!
  5. tuscarora 99

    tuscarora 99 TS Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    If there is such a thing as green clays id like to know about it, because i love all of the "clays" powders. Clay dot, clays, and universal clays.
  6. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    Prior posters have pretty much answered your question. The following may help if you're still not quite clear.

    Hodgdon Powder Co. is the manufacturer and/or distributor for a great many fine smokeless powders including various 'Clays' powders. Go to Hodgdon's home page and click on 'products', then 'smokeless', then on 'shotgun/pistol'. The resulting page lists ten of Hodgdon's shotshell/pistol powders including original Clays, International Clays, and Universal Clays. It provides descriptions and typical applications for those powders.

    As Quack Shot explained, Clay Dot isn't actually a Clays powder. It is an Alliant Powder Company product purported to be similar to and compete with original Clays.

    Don't know nothin' about no green clays...

  7. SR1

    SR1 TS Member

    Nov 6, 2007
    Green Clays is the powder you have in the shell when you drop the 100th bird from the 27.
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