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What's the cleanest burning shotgun powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Al391brown, May 8, 2013.

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  1. Al391brown

    Al391brown Member

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    I shoot a 12 ga mostly 1o/z loads sometimes 1 1/8 o/z loads I'm shooting red dot powder now and it's pretty darn dirty. What's the cleanest burning shotgun powder?
     
  2. Old Cowboy

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    Clays is pretty clean
     
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    International Clays
     
  4. redfin

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    red dot is very clean,i used to use 700x,filthy. joseph
     
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    Another vote for Clays.
     
  7. Two Dogs

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    solo 1000
     
  8. Bernie K

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    As far as I know the idea behind any powder is to break the target. If I had a powder that gave me 100 every time and the dirtest gun in the parking lot I'd take the 100 and clean the gun. Get a powder that works for you in recoil and broken targets and forget the dirty part.
     
  9. Hardcsh

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    Alliant's e3 burns clean.
    www.alliantpowder.com
     
  10. Tugboat

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    What Bernie K said....
     
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    Another vote for E3.

    Tried the all (or most) never found a cleaner powder than E3. Shot 500 rnds.

    through a 1100 comp. very little build up on the gas slide, no burnt powder

    in the trigger action or barrel.

    Hal
     
  12. joe kuhn

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    A lot has to do with the load you are using. Our club had some loads tested once and the guy doing the testing told us so. We had a nice range of powder drops to test and he would show us the barrel each time. For a certain powder there is an optimal burn point where the powder burns the cleanest. Go above or below the optimum in grains and you get more residue.
     
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    Bernie hit the nail square.

    That's what they make all those cleaning products for.
     
  14. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Bernie and Joe K., optimum charge for a complete burn gives best SDs.

    Hap
     
  15. Leo

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    Clays is about the cleanest I have tried.
     
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    "Dirty" can affect function in an autoloader; in a break-open, not so much.

    However, clean burning was never high on my list of priorities until I tried Red Dot in my comp SxS. Near the end of the first jug (about 3,000 rds) I had trigger malfunctions. I discovered burned/unburned Red Dot flakes had migrated into the action. Happened again near the end of the second (and last) jug. I switched to E3,the cleanest powder in the world....says so right on the jug and I can't argue it.

    Truthfully, Clays was the cleanest burning for about 20 years, but Hodgdon powders in my area A) go missing for weeks on end and B)when available, cost $10-15 more per jug than American-made Alliant powders. IME, E3 is about 0.5 grain more efficient than Red Dot.
     
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    Clays. Cleanest burning I've ever seen in a 1175-1200 fps 1 1/8oz load....
     
  18. Tom421

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    I vote Clays.
     
  19. Barry C. Roach

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    Dupont PB.
     
  20. Nutso

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    Another vote for PB
     
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