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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by PAK, May 14, 2013.

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  1. PAK

    PAK Member

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    What is the best gun powder for reloading trap shells? Why?
     
  2. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    red dot. it's been around forever (almost), and it covers everything (pretty much)
     
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    yep!!!!
     
  4. Ross

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    That's kinda like asking what makes a woman good looking, ask 6 guys & get 6 different answers. Find one you have faith in & marry her, same for powders, married mine 52 years ago, and 700X has been ALMOST as good. GRIN --Ross Puls
     
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    Been using 700X for several year. Now that components are getting hard to find, I've switch to Promo. Loads the same as Red Dot and "some" say its the same as Red Dot only cheaper.
     
  6. Gregg535

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    I started loading with Red Dot in 1972 as the person I bought my reloader and supplies from then would sell Red Dot in 1 pound size that he broke down from the larger containers and it was at a very good price. He more or less just had his FFL as a hobby.

    Since then I have used most similar powders. You can't break a better score with any other powder. Some powders will measure more accurately --- especially Ram Shot Competition which is a ball powder of a similar burning rate as Red Dot. It measures extremely accurately but the finished loads will shoot with about the same consistency as Red Dot.

    Clays and also Clay Dot are both cleaner burning but your loads will still shoot about the same as Red Dot. Some will claim that the recoil is a lot less when using a slower powder such as American Select or Green Dot but I can't tell the difference (yes I have tried them numerous times).

    If you are loading 1 ounce at 1200 or 1 and 1/8 at 1150 then you will not be able to shoot any better scores than you can with Red Dot. If you want to shoot 1 and 1/8 ounce at about 1250 fps then you will be better off with a slower powder such as Green Dot or PB.
     
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    Are the warehouses/wholesalers running out of product! In essence, I and a couple of friends need powder and cant find a place to order!!
     
  8. shot410ga

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    Right now, anything you can find....In the future; Well it is like who makes the best car for all types of driving and drivers?
     
  9. cubancigar2000

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    I like any powder that goes bang! Kinda gives me a woody
     
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    cubancigar2000: ROFL
     
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    I've used 700x, Red Dot, e3 and now Promo and frankly I can't tell the difference, maybe e3 is a little cleaner but that's it.

    warren
     
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    Cubancigar nailed it- nothing like the smell of burned powder.

    To answer the question - I don't think you could claim one powder as the 'best'. Many factors to consider like the gauge, the payload weight, desired velocity, cost, availability ....

    Two that cover the 12 gauge target load spectrum pretty well are Red Dot and Green Dot. Or from Hodgdon you could pick CLAYS and International Clays. All very good products when used as directed.
     
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    PROMO It works great.
     
  14. Tripod

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    DuPont Hi-Skor 700X in 1964. Still using it although I have used red dot some in the past with the same results.
     
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    Been using DuPont Hi-Skor 700X since the mid 70's down to my last four pounds. The way it looks your lucky to find any kind of powder?
     
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    Second on Promo. That's all I use and it is available and cheap.
     
  17. warren

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    Bucko, Please tell me where Promo is available

    warren
     
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    Clays or Claydot, unless it's not in stock, then International unless it's not in stock, Green Dot unless it's not in stock.....
    It all works if loaded correctly.
     
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    I agree with Ross. In my case 700X has been more dependable.
     
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