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International Clays powder

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Aquagear, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Aquagear

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    A while back a friend of mine gave me about a 1/2 lb of International Clays to try. I had plenty of other powders that I normally use, so it sat on the shelf. I am running low on some of my regular powders and want to try it out, but I can not find any data for it. I will be loading 9mm 147, and 45 200 gr. Anyone have any load data for this powder in these calibers.:dunno:
     
  2. WeeWilly

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    I too am down to my last lb of International. I use it for my wife's practice buckshot loads, plus some lighter game loads, great powder for those applications.


    I have never seen any published handgun data for it. My bet is it would work well for light target loads. The only downside is it is a fast powder so "working up loads" needs to be done with great care as the difference between a load that functions well in your gun and one that is way around the bend is not going to be a great deal of powder.
     


  3. Aquagear

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    I kind of figured if there was no data it was not suited to the task.
    Most fast burning shotgun powders can be used in light pistol loads, but care must be taken. Thanks for the reply, I guess this is one of them that is not advisable:wavey:.
     
  4. Gperfection

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    International Clays is just too fast for pistol in my honest opinion.
     
  5. WeeWilly

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    I am not sure I understand. Given there are many faster powders successfully loaded in handgun and many of the most popular calibers first started with black powder, I would think International could be loaded no problem.

    A careful work up by an experienced hand would likely yield a round similar in performance to WST, I think.
     
  6. Aquagear

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    I nam going to check the burn rate charts and start low, these are going to be plinking loads anyway. Thanks for the replies, I was just hoping there was some data out there some ware.:wavey:
     
  7. fredj338

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    If working off the books, use the fastest powder data as a starting point. Go slow, watch for pressure signs. Chrono as you go, you are looking for velocity plateaus, these often indicate pressures getting near the top end.
     
  8. WeeWilly

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    Great advice.


    I also would start with the .45 auto as it is a little more forgiving than that 147gr 9mm round. A 147gr bullet in 9mm is kind of worst case as far as the range of acceptable results goes.
     
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    There must be some reason Hodgdon doesn't list pistol loads using In·ter·na·tion·al Clays. Why risk it over 1/2 pound of powder (under $15)?
     
  11. fredj338

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    Not really, they probably haven't got around to testing in pistol calibers, it is a sg powder. Just about any shotgun/handgun powder can be made to work in any handgun application. Some will work better than others. You will have to develop your own data & "safe" pressures will be a WAG, but it can be done safely. Many wildcat handloaders work off no data, we do fine.:supergrin:
     
  12. WeeWilly

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    The "bogey man" content is high enough in the links Steve posted that maybe a call to Hodgdon is warranted, at least before you launch into the development of those 9mm loads.

    As Fred noted, many times the manufacturer (using the term loosely here with regard to Hodgdon) just hasn't done any ballistic testing, especially if they already have powders with better margins that fit the bill in the book.
     
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  13. Colorado4Wheel

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    I normally don't care about the sparse data. But those threads were a little scary. Even my choosen Solo1000 loads has data that was available years back. WST had data in the old days. So why not for International Clays. The burn rate alone seems fine for pistol.
     
  14. WiskyT

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    There is a lot of stupid in those links. It's like they let Jenny McCarthy decide their "science" for them.

    I didn't see one wit of information that was from any kind of source showing any issue with International Clays.

    As for the lack of data, it is indicative of exactly nothing other than the fact that no one bothered to work up data for it. There are a gazillion powders, calibers, bullets, primers, etc. Just because someone didn't bother to work up data in a lab for a particular powder doesn't mean it isn't any good for pistol loading.

    I like when people say the same thing about Alliant powders based on the data available on Alliant's website. Then I post a PDF of the older Alliant booklets showing virtually all of their shotgun powders used in virtually all pistol calibers.

    If it were me, I would follow some of the excellent advice given here. Find a powder that is faster on the charts and use starting data for that powder. Stop right there since the slide will cycle and you will have "ammo". Make you 1,000 or so rounds with your half pound of powder and call it good.

    I also like the idea of using it in 45ACp over 9mm as there is a lot more margin in the 45. 45's run well at 12kpsi, but you could double that and be well below 45 Super loads that are run in basically stock guns.
     
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    Aren't we talking about 1/2 pound of powder that costs less than $15. Load some shotgun shells with it and get a suitable powder for the 9 and 45. Or better yet trade it to someone that loads shotgun, for a suitable powder. If this was the last powder on earth and all you have is a pistol, then by all means load up the pistol ammo with it.
     
  17. WeeWilly

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    That is a decent point. Worst case, you would find your all time favorite 45 Auto load with International, just as you finished off the last half pound, then face the reality that you may never be able to buy it again because of some export restriction in Australia or Hodgdon had a falling out with Mulwala (or whoever now makes the stuff).


    22grs does make a mighty fine 1oz #1.5 buckshot load.
     
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  18. Aquagear

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    Thanks guys it really is not that urgent an issue, I was just hoping someone out there had worked with international clays before. I would like to use it, but with no data I think think it is fertilizer, not enough powder to bother with. If it were a 4lb jug that would be different.:wavey: