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I havent had a reason to try new powders. Hodgdon Clays works great and burns clean. It would be interesting to see which powder is the most economical though.
Going off on a tangent, lately I tried Hodgdon HS7 for some 2 3/4" 1 1/2oz. loads. Doesnt burn quite as clean as Clays, but not bad, like a factory shell. Its a nice heavy load. Heavy enough to cycle my dad's old Browning A-5 3" magnum, and really powders clay targets :)

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For 12ga I use Hodgdon Titewad, made just for the 12ga, or so they say. I thought about working up a 20ga load with it. Anyone already have one?

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I was using red dot, 'cause that was what I started out with years ago, however when the shop was out of it I tried Clays, and have been with it ever since. It is really clean, meters great, and has plenty of load recipes to work with.

Solo 1000 is supposed to be a good one, and one of my friends uses it exclusively.

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As far as the most economical powder for reloading the "typical" 12 ga loads...Solo seems to be the best buy as far as pricing goes. At most any major shoot there is always someone there selling it cheaper (in larger quantities) than anything else is going for. I have been using Clays exclusively for the last four years for both 1 oz and 1 1/8 12 ga loads. It is great for clays, small birds and even rabbit/squirrel loads.
The entire Hodgdon line is great, and that family does a LOT to support our sport-great people! The cost is a little more than for the Solo, but not really enough to be a consideration unless you load more than about 10,000 rounds per year. All you new reloaders need to be aware that if you find a good buy but are going to have to order it that there will be a fairly substantial hazmat charge added to the shipping. Most times you can go to a local gun club that keeps supplies for its members and purchase it-another good reason to support your local businesses.

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I happen to like the IMR Powder Company's SR 4756. It too is a versatile powder that will work from 1 1/4 oz field loads to magnums to heavy loads and to Buckshot...it even will work for the deer killing Lyman Sabot, Buckbuster, and other slugs. This is a clean powder that is also cheap.

Oh....it's tested as the best powder and setup in several different load recipes
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I like UNIQUE because I can load my 20s and 12s with it.

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I like greendot for my 12 GA reloads. It burns clean and produces less feld recoil than most other powders in my opinion. For all other guages except 410, I use hodgdon universal.
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Since most, if not all, of my shotshell loading now days is specialized long range stuff...I use Blue Dot in both 12 ga. 3" magnum and 20 ga. rolled crimp (3" load) in 2 3/4". Herco, although somewhat dirty, shows very good patterns in 12 ga. 2 3/4"

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I prefer American Select from Alliant but use Red Dot and Green Dot when A/S isn't available.

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Excellent thread and great answers! Now let's add another factor.....what is your favorite for 12 gauge (2 3/4" and 3") for shot weights from 1 1/2 oz to 2 oz.? This is where the real specialized long range loads fall.
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Dont know about a favourite, but the one that I tinkered with was Longshot. It has worked well on some long clay shots, but that is as far as I went with it.
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alliant is hard to beat for customer communication and service. their new E3 powder is my only 12 ga powder. it is even cleaner than clays or solo 1000, and is domestically made. their 410 powder is really clean in the 410, and unique is great in the 20 and 28.
 

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For my "normal" shooting I use Promo,made by Alliant. It might be the cheapest powder to load,but it works well in my guns. For long range "games" shooting my choice is Longshot from Hodgdons. Blue Dot has given me erratic ignition problems in the past along with being bulky and hard to load in some recipies.
 
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I loaded the Hercules"Green Dot" product for years and continue to load the Alliant "Green Dot"

Green Dot is competitively priced, meters well, shoots soft, pattenns well at 35 yrds, crushes targets and forces me to clean my gun!! What more can you ask for!!!
 

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Rick618 -

Way back up at the top of this thread, you said something about Titewad in a 20 ga. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT !!!!

Titewad is a very fast powder, completely unsuitable for any 20 ga load. For 20 ga target loads, use International Clays or Universal Clays - or any powder with a comparable burn rate.

For real exciting loads in any gauge, Longshot is pretty hard to beat. It usually produces winners in the muzzle flash contest. You can tell the guys who've been loading it, because their right shoulder doesn't get to the clubhouse until they've already been there for ten minutes.
 

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I use both Clays and Winchester.

12ga Clays
20ga WSF
28ga Universal
410bore Win296

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I'd expected no less from your Finn! You got any data for shotgun loads? That is a bit difficult to come by herebouts. I do shoot a bit of N-133, 135, 140, 150, 160, 165, and some 170 though! Me, I've got many favorite powders. VV is one of them for rifles. I absolutely love Re-15 and Re-22. Unique and Herco are staples on my bench. H-4831, Universal, 322 and 414. AA 2200, 2230, and Solo 1250. IMR 7828, 4198, 4895, and 4227. Last count I had something over 65 different numbers of powder for one reason or other!

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I am finally working in the data (reloading the shells). About 40 recips based on Amererican made components (exept for the powder).
Hulls 2 3/4 " 1 1/4 oz and 3 " 1 1/4 oz, roll and star crimped, Powders N340 (like Herco but probable cleaner burníng because it is a single base powder) and N310 (24 gram) for special cases,tracers etc.
But I belive you will not like them because they are more expensive than the REX powders you are using.
I gues this will take a couple of months because they will be pressure tested too.
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Finn;

Just because I am loading REX powder doesn't mean I won't use VV. Like I said, I have a lot of powder now and a lot of it is VV. None of it shotgun powder, but I may be persuaded?

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