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Old 08-29-2013, 20:26   #1
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200 Gr SWC in a G36?

A buddy just got a loading press, and we were getting him set up to reload some .45s for his G36.
The bullets he had purchased are 200 gr plated SWC.
Two questions:
-Should these rounds feed okay in the 36? Repeated efforts to chamber a dummy round led only to feedramp hangups.
-Are plated bullets okay in Glocks? I've had some mixed results with 9mm Berry's in a G26.
Thanks,
Moon
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Old 08-29-2013, 21:30   #2
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I'm not sure about the G36 but just about all of my .45's (SIG, Glock, etc.) do not reliably feed SWC's.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:17   #3
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You have issues with the SWC in other Glock .45 models? They run in my Gold Cup and Smith 1955 Target. Of course I'm being a smart*****; the first is designed for them and the latter a revolver.

Back on track; I'm suspecting that my buddy would do well to get some 230 FMJ for his G36; the SWC 'try' rounds were stubbing on the base of the feedramp.

P-man, thanks for the comeback; any other input?
Moon

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:30   #4
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I just finished with that ordeal with my Glock 36. In the end I had to increase my powder charger and length out my cartridge overall length to 1.255" to get them to run 90% of the time. Same issue as you are describing.

I sold all of the SWC Bullets I had to a buddy for his 1911 and bought 1000 Rainier 200gr. Flat Nose Plated Bullets. Once I get the first round of the mag to chamber they run fine. When the bullet nose hangs up on the feed ramp on the first round out of the magazine I simply rap the bottom of the magazines, the round feeds and the slide closes. From then on I am good to go.

Guess I should have bought Plated Round Nose Bullets.

Larry

BTW both bullet profiles run flawlessly through my Glock 21SF.

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:47   #5
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Larry, thank you and that was very helpful. I had a G36 some years ago and, IIRC, feeding issues were one of the things that sent it on down the road. I'll have to dig back thru' my loading log, but may not have been that specific. It's been awhile.

Any reservations about the plated bullets in the Glock barrel? As noted, some preliminary testing in a G26 has been less than reassuring.
Thanks again,
Moon
ETA- the buddy in question has a son in law with a 1911, so the SWCs should not go to waste.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:55   #6
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I had been mostly shooting some old CCI Blazer 200gr. JHP and Federal 230gr. JHP & FMJ Ammo through this Glock 36 and it has been 100% flawless !

I have not shot enough of the plated bullets to know for sure but from everything I have read they should not cause a problem. With the flat nose or swc bullets my Glock 36 seems to be really fussy about cartridge overall length. I was told to keep my COL around 1.250" and that seems to work. Any shorter and I have more issues.

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:53   #7
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I will pass all that along to my friend with the G36. I know he likes things that start with a '.4' but I may counsel him to swap the G36 for a 9mm Glock and get a 1911 for the .45s.
Thanks again, and keep me posted on the plated in the '36.
Moon
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:45   #8
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I run the plated bullets in my G36 without problems. I use Berry's Rainier, and X-treme 230 gr. I did try Rainier 185gr plated hp, and had feed problems, but the 230's work well and are accurate for me out to 25 yards.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:34   #9
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Thankee, (sloop?) JohnB.
Appreciate the info; I'll try shooting some more plated 9mm.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:30   #10
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My G-36 does not feed SWC very well so I just feed RN cast in the G-36.
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Old 10-02-2013, 22:04   #11
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My 36 ...just wont digest the 200gr lswc...which is my favorite load...my Ruger P90Dc and Ruger P97 really shines with the 200gr LSWC
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:41   #12
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The issue with the plated 9mm wasn't one of feeding; they worked fine in that regard.
Instead, I was seeing some signs of tumbling due to lack of stabilization, akin to what happens when trying to shoot lead in a Glock.
The plated bullets have a much thinner skin; it does prevent lead contamination at a much lower price point than jacketed bullets, but I'm wondering if I need to avoid them in the Glock.
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