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Cleanest Shotgun Powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by gunner1949, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. gunner1949

    gunner1949 TS Member

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    What is the cleanest burning powder for light 1oz. loads?
     
  2. Oregunner

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    I use Clay Dot and after a few boxes, when I look down the barrel, I can't see anything that tells me I need to clean the barrel. Mark
     
  3. mike campbell

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    "the cleanest burning 12 gauge shotshell powder available"

    Says so right on the bottle.


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  4. oz

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    clays
     
  5. bkt514

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    Any votes for Alliant's Extra Lite??
     
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    Winchester AA Plus. HMB
     
  7. alf174

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    In my experience, E3 has been the cleanest.
     
  8. 548

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    I tried E3 a few years ago. I thought it was clean, but I noticed increased recoil versus the same fps load of Clays. Anybody else have that experience or was it just me? I switched to Red & Green Dot this year. Not the cleanest powders, but I like how they perform.
     
  9. Didreckson

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    Having run out of 700X, I have been going back and forth with Clays and E3. I got the E3 specifically to put through some 391's, but found it to be a good powder and using it for everything in 16 yard loads.

    While the weight of E3 is less, the volume to achieve that is not too much different than Clays which is right around 1145. That said, Clays fills the hull just a tad better for my particular crimp/load. E3 is a bit cleaner, but neither powder could be considered dirty, and cleaning is no different either way.

    Kind of boils down to what you find available right now.
     
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    Other than auto loaders, does it really make any difference how much ash is left in the barrel ? Please let me know what I can't seem to understand. mb
     
  12. 100straight

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    I've had great results using this. Give it a try!
     
  13. wolfram

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    CLAYS is a great powder for the 1 OZ loads. Part of what makes it great is the clean burn. Problem is you probably won't be able to get any of that for some time. These days you need to buy what is available and don't think about it too much. Red Dot/Promo, 700x, Clay Dot, Titewad, E3 all will get the job done just fine.
     
  14. Johnny

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    Winchester AA Lite is a very clean burning powder I have been using for 1 oz loads. Also economical. I have noticed it is available from several outlets also.


    548, when you say E3 kicks more than Clays are you using a chronograph? And remember, a true full choke will get you more velocity than the reloading guide states.
     
  15. 548

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    Johnny, no, I just reload to published trusted data. Never had the opportunity to chrono a load. It just seemed to me that E3 had increased recoil, I don't know if it did, it just felt like it. After that 8 pounds was gone I did not buy it again.
     
  16. 635 G

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    Cheap wads IMHO, crap up a gun more than the dirtiest powder. One or 2 passes with a bore snake will usually handle the dirtiest powder.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  17. 548

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    The thing I don't like about dirty powder isn't so much the dirty gun, I clean that anyway. What I don't like is reloading grimey hulls.
     
  18. Johnny

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    Phil, the "dirtiest powder" will be apparent after a box of shells. What wad will "crap up a gun" after 25 shots?

    548, Not actually measuring the velocity is where people go wrong in their recoil comparisons.

    I agree about the "grimey hulls." The people who leave the black fingerprints all over the club house door don't seem to notice.
     
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  20. shrek

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    Extra light is very clean stuff
     
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