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Opinions on Clays "International" Powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Jimmy E, Dec 9, 2008.

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  1. Jimmy E

    Jimmy E TS Member

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    What do all the re-loaders think of Clays "International" Powder? Anyone using it? Is it clean? Cold weather performance? Easy to use? Size of grains? Bang for the buck? Just getting in to reloading and so far I like the recipes I've seen for this powder and the hulls I will be using. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys and gals.
    Jimmy
     
  2. ec90t

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    Good metering powder and works well in both tapered hulls and straight hulls. I still prefer Titegroup for overall performance and effecientcy.

    ec90t
     
  3. comp 1

    comp 1 Well-Known Member

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    Slower burning than regular clays--kind of similar to difference between red dot and green dot. Burns super clean and gives fine reloads===I like it ;it gives more of a shove than a sharp rap where recoil is concerned.
     
  4. Old Cowboy

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    I use it for my 1 1/8 three dram HNCP loads.

    John C. Saubak
     
  5. Shooting Coach

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    It is a great powder, but load as recommended. It does not download well.
     
  6. reelfoot

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    I use International Clays for my 3/4oz 20ga. loads. Best by far!
     
  7. fssberson

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    Excellent powder! Fred
     
  8. Pull Bang

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    Been using Hodgdon's International powder since August 2006 and still using it. GREAT POWDER! Burns clean and meters within +/- .01 grains. I use it for my handicap 11/8 ounce loads @ 1200 fps.

    My load is (reference Hodgdon's manual):


    Shell: Winchester AA


    Primer: Federal 209A


    Powder: 17.5 grains of International



    Wad; Winchester WAA12


    Shot: 11/8 ounce of #71/2


    Try it, you'll like it!!!!!!!!


    Frank
     
  9. Jimmy E

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    Thanks a lot for the input guys. I really appreciate it!!
    Jimmy
     
  10. phirel

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    It is a good powder for heavier loads, almost as good as Green Dot.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. Mirage Combo

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    Recobs recommends it as a great replacement for pb
     
  12. WNCRob

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    Consider Clays for your 1500 to 1200 fps loads, and IC's for the hotter loads. But, first, I'd call call Hodgdon and speak to them. I suspect that they have better science behind their recommendations than our subjective observations.

    WNCRob
     
  13. Trap4

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    Like it very much, also like green dot but international does meter much better.

    Trap-4
     
  14. Jawhawker

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    Pat, how dare thee much such a statement!!!

    WNCRob, you wrote above "Consider Clays for your 1500 to 1200 fps loads, and IC's for the hotter loads.". 1500 fps is pretty fast for Clays...
     
  15. Mike Michalski

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    Only powder I use in 1 1/8 and 1 oz loads using STS shells. Works well and burns clean.
     
  16. BDodd

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    I loaded it for about 3 years with long handicap in mind. It left just a bit more debris than Clays, recoil was comfortable but I could never get chronograph readings for Standard Deviations below the mid 20s while my old standby, 700X, is far more consistent. Did that make a difference in scores? I dunno but the difference in SDs mattered in my confidence scale......breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
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