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 Post subject: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:55 am 
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In these take what you can find days, I ordered some e3 to load AA hulls at 1 oz and 1300 fps. I'm "pot committed" but was interested in others experience with this powder.




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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:18 am 
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I use it mostly for 7/8s. #32 bushing 17.5 grs gives me 1300. No recoil. I occasionally use it in 1 oz but keep powder drop the same. Little more sharper kick but not punishing. 1 oz I think in 1250 to 1275 range if I remember correctly.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:12 pm 
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A friend gave me a pound which I used in 7/8 oz loads. Nothing special about it, so I went back to Promo for light loads since it is way cheaper.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:18 pm 
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Location: NE Massachusetts
Love it for light, fast loads in 12 gauge; very economical, very clean, very consistent. I've used it for buckshot and slug loads, too, and it can be a game-changer in those applications. I notice that some in the reloading community are branching out to target pistol loads, though I have not tried this. In my area, "shotgun powders" are way more available than "pistol powders". Those distinctions may be dubious, but since everyone has their pet loads and favorite powders, this makes some of the newer powders easier to get.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:01 pm 
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I was once "in love" with e3 when I first experienced it (before ExteaLite came out). There were some semi-recent 'adjustment/changes' made to it (per Paul at Alliant), mainly to make it meter better (which is was horrible at). The changes made it's metering attribute a bit better, but never truly fixed it.

It is clean, - has a unique smell. Some say that it has a 'sharp' recoil signature in 1-ounce loads, to which I agreed with (for reasons unknown). Later to find out that there are actually cleaner powders out there.

It did make for a wonderful 3/4 ounce load before ExtraLite came around. So I will always have fond memories of 3e, piss-poor metering attributes and all.

However, that was "then", and this is "now". That said, it's my opinion that there is no real reason to buy e3 now, because there are so many better, and cheaper propellants available.

The only reason I would buy it now, was if there were no other 12-gauge propellant available, or it was substantially cheaper than other available propellants.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:16 pm 
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I've probably used 10 8lbers of it with no metering issues. 17.1 to 17.5 drops. It does sometimes look to stick to the sides when I pour the weighed drop back into a into the hull but a tap or two and it's fine. Static? I know you are a Vectan guy Republican, what do you advise for 7/8?


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:05 pm 
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Boomhand wrote:
I know you are a Vectan guy Republican, what do you advise for 7/8?

If you didn't get in on that Vectan 'A24', and 'AS' when I was practically begging people to buy it, you are basically F'd (Vectan-wise).

That Vectan 206V is *really* a high performer for (fast) 1-ounce loads, but really falls apart stability-wise as slower speeds (1,200-ish fps), so my guess is that it's probably unusable at 7/8th's ounce.

Luckily I have enough A24 (and AS) to last for a long time, but not sure what I'll do when that runs out.

Take up horseshoes maybe ?

That, and prey to "Gladys", - the Vectan powder goddess that Vectan A24 will come back. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:34 pm 
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Like Republican I tried it. Nothing wrong with it. Went back to 700x


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:52 pm 
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You may need to use 1-1/8 oz wads in the AAHS hulls for a one ounce shot load.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:27 pm 
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I have been using E3 for several years now after Int.Clays was not avaliable due to a fire at their plant a few years ago. I believe it is a cleaner burning powder than the INt. Clays was and I use it for all my 1&1/8oz and 7/8oz. loads. I have been reloading for over 45 years and I intent to keep on using E3 for the future.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:56 pm 
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I tried e3 for 1 oz. loads and liked it. No reason not to.

My son uses e3 for all his 12 ga. 1 oz. loads and has for years.

Good powder choice IMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:52 pm 
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I used to use e3 in 12ga 3/4oz loads. It worked well and I did not notice any metering issues, although I read about such problems here and on other sites. When Alliant introduced Extra-Lite, I changed powders. But I would cheerfully use e3 again.

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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:57 pm 
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I just finished burning up an 8 pounder and really liked it for 7/8 oz 1250-1300 fps loads. One of the best cold weather powders I have used.


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 Post subject: Re: Alliant e3 experience/opinions
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:26 pm 
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Another powder that overlaps what many others do. Seems to have a sharper recoil to me. If I couldn't get 700X, Red Dot, Clays or Clay Dot it would be an option.




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