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Clays for Bullseye

Post by gjconlon777 on 7/21/2017, 8:04 pm

I'm a Bullseye powder user, but curious about other stuff. Does anyone have any experience with Hodgdon Clays?

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Post by Olde Pilot on 7/21/2017, 8:24 pm

Great powder for 45 ACP accuracy and cleanliness at 3.5-3.8 grain load with 200 or 185 grain lead SWC. BUT, doesn't measure worth a darn in my Lyman 55 measure. So, I stopped using it. Bullseye or WST meters perfectly  +/- .1 grain all time.

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Post by gjconlon777 on 7/21/2017, 8:47 pm

That's identical to my BE loads. I'll give it a go!
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Post by james r chapman on 7/21/2017, 10:00 pm

Also found it great for my .38 and .45 loads, BUT, it wants to bridge in the measure giving occasional lite loads. I also went back to Bullseye and WST.
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Post by xmastershooter on 7/22/2017, 2:23 am

My most accurate load for my .45 cal pistol was with 3.8 g Clays and with the original Star 185g LHPSWC black lube. Testing off sandbags, I was able to repeatably get 100-8 to 9x's. Never had trouble with bridging or measuring with my Dillon 650XL. There's more felt recoil than BE powder so I had used BE for the short line. When the Star bullets switched to the white lube, the Clays
powder never worked as well and now I exclusively use BE for both the long and short line. Of course the Star bullets are no longer available so once I run out I'll be back to do more testing.
Perhaps my sand bag testing abilities have declined through the years and with the development of cataract in my shooting eye, I rely on my calls during SF matches rather than sandbag testing to
establish accuracy of a load. I've not used a ransom rest and don't feel the need because of technique learning curve.

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Post by dronning on 7/22/2017, 6:36 am

I used Clays until it became impossible to find.  Never had bridging problems (1050 & 550 Dillons).  I also loaded to 3.8 g.  One added benefit was it was very temp stable.  Switched to WST when Clays was off the shelf but when I found some I bought 8lbs of Clays for when the WST runs out. 
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Post by james r chapman on 7/22/2017, 7:04 am

My bridging problems we're with 2.2-2.4 grs for .38 special using disc measures. Never tried drum type.
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