All you ever hear is Clays, Clays, Clays, so it must be true. Only snag might be that Clays was unavailable for 2+ years and I haven't heard much since it's been re-introduced. This is all hearsay since I've never used anything but 700X and Green Dot. Always wanted to try it, but likely will never happen. Good luck.
I know what you mean, I also find it pretty "Noisy" as well!!!
Now Birddogfella--- All of the economy loads are pretty Dirty!!! You need to stay with the premium shells like Reminton STS, Winchester AA, Or Federal Gold Metal loads if your looking for a factory shell that's clean.
Now Then, For reloads I've found Hodgedon Clay's the cleanest burning, with the smoothest and most consistent recoils of all the powders I've tried. I have not tried them all. Once I found Clay's I simply stopped looking. There was no reason to continue my search. Good Luck on your Journey. break em all Jeff