Hodgdon Clays Smokeless Powder (14 oz.)
Hodgdon Clays Smokeless Powder 14 Oz
by HODGDON , IMR & WINCHESTER
Introduced in January, 1992, CLAYS has “taken the clay target world by storm”. It is the most clean burning , consistent 12 ga. 7/8., 1 oz. and 1 1/8 oz. powder available today. The superb burning characteristics of this powder produce soft, smooth recoil, ultra clean burning, mild muzzle report, and excellent patterns. These features transfer directly to handgun applications where target shooting is the main goal. 45 ACP and 38 Special are only two of the cartridges where CLAYS provides “tack driving” target accuracy with flawless functioning. Grain shape is flake.
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Powder Storage in Reloader Hoppers
Firstly, the Powder should not be left in the reloader’s powder measure hoppers for extended periods, overnight or several days. Powder needs to be stored in original containers ONLY, when not in use. Numerous modern smokeless powders are double base in construction, containing both Nitrocellulose and Nitroglycerine.
Never mix any two powders regardless of type, brand, or source. Never substitute any smokeless powder for Black Powder or any Black Powder substitute.
In addition, Hodgdon® Powder, IMR® Powder, and Winchester® Powder expressly disclaim any and all warranties with respect to any and all products sold or distributed by them, the safety or suitability thereof, or the results obtained including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose and/or any other warranty. Buyers and users assume all risk, responsibility, and liability whatsoever for any and all injuries (including death), losses or damages to persons or property (including consequential damages), arising from the use of any product or data, whether or not occasioned by the seller’s negligence or based on strict liability or principles of indemnity or contribution. Hodgdon®, IMR®, and Winchester® powders neither assume nor authorize any person to assume for it any liability in connection with the use of any product or data.
Reloading ammunition is a great hobby and saves money. Commodity cost increases in brass and lead in recent years have resulted in many new and/or returning reloaders trying to stretch their budget.
The following information is provided as an introduction to the stability, storage, and safe handling of modern smokeless propellants.
The main ingredient of smokeless propellant, comprising from about 55% to 90% of the composition, is nitrocellulose. The process of creating nitrocellulose leaves remnant acid in the material. This acid immediately starts decomposing the finished product. Left alone the decomposition will reach the stage where the propellant becomes unstable and self-ignites. This process resulted in massive explosions at U.S. Government arsenals after World War I.
Use a stabilizing chemical to increase the life of the smokeless propellant. This “stabilizer” reacts with the acid to slow down the decomposition process.
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