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E3 Or American select

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Buckshot95, Jun 24, 2012.

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  1. Buckshot95

    Buckshot95 TS Member

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    I was wondering, does anyone prefer e3 or american select?
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    I am happy with Red dot!
     
  3. ironhead

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    I'm very happy with E3
     
  4. warren

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    e3

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  5. bkt514

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    I would be interested in some of your favorite E3 loads. Might be a good starting point for me, as I have thought about using this powder for some time. Note I always follow the manufacturer's published data as close as possible, but a starting point can be helpful. No need to reinvent the wheel.
     
  6. zzt

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    I like and use them both. I use e3 for my 7/8 and 1 oz loads and think it the best available powder for those weights. I use Am Sel for 1 1/8 oz, because I think the felt recoil is a little softer. When I cannot get Am Sel I prefer Solo 1000, but will also use Green Dot.

    Here are some of my favorite loads:

    STS hull, STS209 primer, 15.5gr e3, Fed 12S0 wad, 7/8 oz WCM shot, 1200fps

    STS hull, either STS209 or W209 primer (STS very slightly better), 17gr e3, TGT-12 wad, 1 oz WCM shot, 1200fps

    STS hull, W209 primer, 18.5gr Am Sel, Fig-8 wad, 1 1/8 oz WCM shot, 1145pfs
     
  7. SongDogSniper

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    Concur with ZZT........

    STS hull, either STS209 or W209 primer (STS very slightly better), 17gr e3, TGT-12 wad, 1 oz WCM shot, 1200fps

    My favorite!!!
     
  8. WJN

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    I am on my second keg of E3 for my 7/8 oz. loads. Similar to ZZT and SDS but with Win primers and wads. Some of the club guys use the Alliant Extra-Lite and I am thinking about getting a keg of that for my light loads. Have Green Dot for heavy loads but I'm not using those much atm.

    Jim
     
  9. zzt

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    Jim, Extra-Lite is a bulkier powder than e3, but not as bulky as hoped. I thought the idea was to provide enough bulk so that you could use a 1 oz wad (like the TGT-12) with light charges and still get a good crimp without adjusting your dies. It didn't work out that way. You have to use a lot with a 1 oz wad to get a good crimp, so your 7/8oz velocity is over 1250fps. If you use 7/8oz wads like the pink XXl or the WAA12L, you end up compressing the wad a lot.

    I tried Extra-Lite when it first came out. It is a good powder, but e3 does a better job for 7/8 and 1oz loads IMO. E-L is now available in 1 lb bottles if you want to try some.
     
  10. WJN

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    Thanks for the heads up zzt.

    Jim
     
  11. perga1

    perga1 Active Member

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    Tom, you won't be disappointed with American Select. I have used it since it was introduced in the 90's. It is a great handicap powder and even does well with 7/8 oz. if you load it to 1300fps. At that speed it hammers the target with the second shot on International Trap. See you in a few months when you return to the Dollar. Have a great summer. Jim
     
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