I have what is a pretty basic question concerning powders. For a few years Ive been doing all my 12g target loads (always 1 oz #8 or #9) with Alliants e3, and I love it. It has got to be the cleanest burning stuff around.
Now that Im shooting a couple of 16gs, and have gotten hooked up this outfit and the LP group, Ive been dutifully loading to the recipes provide by the LP group (mostly using Green Dot). Alliants information on their web site does not show any 16g or 20g loads using e3.
So my question is: What is the fundamental difference between a powder like Green Dot and a powder like e3. How do they perform differently? Can any one suggest a good reference of book that discusses this sort of thing?
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www.ballisticproducts.com sells a neat little book on powders for reloading. You might check it out. I believe that e3 is strictly a 12 gauge powder. It is faster burning than green dot and thus not suitable for the smaller gauges.
I like Unique for the 16, 20, and 28 gauges. It works great for all three and I don't have to keep lots of different kinds of powder on hand. In fact, one can even load the 12 gauge w/ Unique as there are recipes for it. For the 12 gauge, I prefer Titewad as a little goes a long way.
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Its tough generating moderate pressures and velocities of, say, 1200 fps in 1 oz. 16 gauge loads with fast burning 12 ga. powders. Moderate burn rate powders are best suited to loading small bores. Unique, Universal Clays, Green Dot, Solo 1250, IMR SR-7625 and the list goes on. I have no experience with 3E. However, I suspect it has a faster burn rate. Russ
As was stated most of the target powders coming on the market these days are for 12 ga shooters as that is the most popular skeet and trap gauge.
When you reload for a 16 ga gun you have to put yourself in the mindset that what works for the bigger shotguns is not going to work all the time in the 16, slower burn rate powders are needed because of reduced internal capacity in the smaller hulls. A very basic rule is use powders designed for 12 ga hunting loads for most 16 ga applications, target powders like Red Dot, 700X, E3, Clays etc are to fast burning for the 16.
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