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IMR Powders

Hodgdon has acquired IMR Powder Co.  While the powder will remain the same, packaging and prices will change in 2004.

Hi-Skor 700-X
700-X is a fast burn rated powder with very little elasticity.  Its intended "target" is trap, skeet and sporting clays - predominantly 12ga 7/8 ounce through 1-1/8 ounce lead shot loads.  It fits a very tight performance profile, but it is a consistent performer.

Hi-Skor 800-X
800-X burns slower than 700-X and was developed to be as elastic as possible.  Many small gauge, target and 12ga field load.  This powder is also used in heavier handgun loads.

PB is an extremely clean burning single base powder.  It yields very low pressure in 12ga and 20ga shotshell target loads.

A very elastic powder with great results in everything from 10 gauge to 28 gauge loads.  SR-7625 is the power behind some of our favorite hard-hitting duck loads.

SR-4756 is designed for magnum shotshells.  Great for 10 and 12 gauge large payload magnum loads and also for heavier loads in the 16ga (1-1/8oz to 1-1/4oz), 20ga (1-1/8oz) and 28ga (11/16oz - 1oz).

This powder was intended for small metallic cartridges but has proved useful in high performance handgun loads. In shotshells, 4227 is used in .410 bore loads.

Hodgdon Powders

A very fast burn rates powder that is relatively soft, progressive and elastic.  It is clean burning and meters will to offer consistent loading.  12 gauge target and light field loads.

International Clays

Considered to be a medium-fast burn rate powder.  It covers high-performance, high-velocity 1 ounce to 1-1/8 ounce 12 gauge lead loads and 20 gauge 3/4 ounce to 7/8 ounce loads. 

Universal Clays
Developed to be the most elastic of all the Clay-series of powders.  Covers a performance range from heavy 12 gauge clay target loads to 1-1/4 ounce upland field loads.   Also covers a fairly wide range of 16, 20 and 28 gauge loads.

An economical, high-energy powder for very light (7/8 to 1 ounce) 12 gauge shot charges.   It is a very fast burn rate powder and, as such, will generate energy very quickly.

Developed for 12 gauge "race" (a.k.a. Annie Oakley) shooters.  Longshot produces high velocities with heavy (target weight) payloads for race shooting and potent field loads. 

Medium burn rate powder that suits light magnum loads in large bores and other field-weight combinations in 16,20 and 28 gauge.  A steady performer in duck loads.

Hs-7 is much slower burning that HS-6, making it better for the heaviest of magnum shotshell loads and excellent for gam such as turkey and goose.  It is also a nice selection for small bore loads because it occupies very little space, burns slowly and possesses a fantastic power curve.

Lil' Gun
Lil' Gun was designed to fit, meter and perform in the .410 bore instead of adapting pistol powders.  The major benefit of the Lil' Gun is reduced powder volumes leaving additional space for components and vital shot column cushioning.

A double-based spherical slow-burning powder designed for large pistol applications and the .410 use only.  Requires tight compression in order to ignite and burn in an efficient manner.

Winchester Powders

Super-Target (WST)
Specifically developed for the 12 gauge for trap, skeet, sporting clays and very light field loads.  It is very clean burning for a double base powder.

Super-Field (WSF)
Super-field is slower burning than Super-Target and quite a bit more elastic.   Applications range from 12 gauge 1-1/8 ounce loads to 1-1/4 ounce baby magnum field loads. 

A spiracle-grained, double-based ball powder developed for use with the .410 bore shotshells. 

Alliant Powders

Bullseye has the fastest burn rate of any accepted shotshell powder and, because of this, is the least elastic.  It produces propellant gases faster than all other shotshell powders and therefore it runs very high pressures in everything except the lightest of loads.  It has a very limited band of use.

Red Dot

Red dot is a good, economical choice for clay target loads.  It is very efficient for light charges - confine it to 7/8 to 1-1/8 ounce charges.

Green Dot
Green Dot is not very elastic, but it does possess a wider range than Red Dot.  The slightly longer burn rate (over Red Dot) will generate as much or more velocity and reduce felt recoil in many loads.  Light slug loads have benefited from the properties of Green Dot.

American Select
Alliant made American Select a very dense powder - best for use in limited interior capacity, compression-formed hulls (i.e. AA and STS).  Its speed range make it ideal for 7/8 to 1-1/8 ounce high performance 12ga target loads.  With American Select's character, load data should be exacting and powder drops must be accurate. 

Great capabilities in 12 gauge medium weight lead hunting loads.  It is a solid performer in 1-1/4oz loads. 

A good cold weather powder -  cold temperatures do not sap Unique's energy levels.   Can produce good velocities in 1-3/16oz loads (great upland ammunition).  It is a "fluffy" powder and, as such, doesn't meter very will and should be weighed out on a scale. 

Introduced in 1998 - Steel raised the bar of performance for steel shot waterfowl loads.   It is a slow burn rate powder - even a bit lower than Blue Dot which has traditionally been the favorite of steel shot loaders. This slow burn rate makes it the most consistent when used with heavier loads. In recent years, Steel has found a new use with Hevi-shot and other high-performance non-toxic hunting loads. Like Unique, Steel is also fluffy and should be scaled.

Blue Dot
Blue Dot was primarily designed for magnum hunting loads in 12ga shotshells ranging from 1-1/4 ounce to 2 ounces of lead shot.  Blue Dot is unbelievably elastic and this attribute has allowed numerous different loadings in different gauges and varied weights.   Blue Dot encompasses a wide range for magnum loadings.  It is a very slow burn rate powder with a wide variety of uses.  One idiosyncrasies is that Blue Dot is a bit temperamental in cold weather.


Hodgdon Pyrodex RS - 1lb - $13.95