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Glock 30 Ammo Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by GD2A, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. GD2A


    Dec 10, 2012
    South Florida
    Hi Folks

    I'm sure this question has been asked to death already but I couldn't find a search feature in the forum section so here it is:

    I'm looking for two types of suggestions for my 30.

    First, what do you suggest NOT be used in that gun?

    Second, what are some brands and sizes (Speer Gold Dot 185 Grain) that historically perform well in that particular model?

    So far I've put a few hundred rounds of 230 gr. ball through it with no problems. I have heard that people experienced feed and ejection issues with lighter loads and certain brands.

    What are your thoughts?

    Thank you kindly,

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013
  2. Saugus


    Sep 13, 2012
    Personally in my G30 for EDC I load it with either Speer Gold Dot 230gr or Federal HST 230 gr. I like to stay with a 230gr bullet. Both of these are hollow points.

    I reload so I don't usually buy any other bullets off the shelf.

    As far as what not to shoot, I don't shoot lead through my Glock Barrel. I know this topic has been cussed and discussed since the beginning of time. Some people say it won't hurt the barrel others say it will. Just to be on the safe side I use a after market barrel when I shoot lead.

    Other than that I have never found any ammo the G30 won't eat.


  3. Goosemanimis


    Dec 29, 2012
    I shoot Speer gold dot 230 short barrels for EDC
  4. FatBoy

    FatBoy Millennium Member

    Sep 2, 1999
    Never had an issue w/ any ammo in my G30. I stick to name brand, federal, SB, Win, Blazer for FMJs and currently use Ranger 230+p JHPs of SD. I would have no problem using Gold Dots, HSTs, or any other Premium JHPs. Where you hit is more important than the Premium ammo choice.
  5. Glocks are great for doing away with ANY ammo you don't want to keep on your ammo shelf:cool:, if you shoot lead, just run a brush down the barrel a little more often.
  6. F_G


    Jan 11, 2010
    Crown King, AZ
    Mine has devoured anything I've put in it. When I carry it for serious duty it is stoked with Remington 230gr Golden Sabres.
  7. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    See what CorBon offers. They make great EDC cartridges.

  8. crash_gsxr750

    crash_gsxr750 Arrows first

    Apr 22, 2008
    Mine eats anything that I put in mag

    I EDC with 230 grain Win Ranger
  9. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    IMO, any brand/type round that does well in any caliber should be a good choice in the .45 caliber of same type. Example: Remington Golden Saber or Speer Gold Dots are good choices for 9mm or .40 or .38. The same thing in .45 should do you proud in your G30.

    I also like Hornady (a bit "iffy" because they don't have as much "street cred" as these others) but, again IMO, they are good choices. I have, right now, my EDC stoked with Hornady FTX 185gr. +P rounds 'cause I LIKE THEM!!!:supergrin:
  10. GD2A


    Dec 10, 2012
    South Florida
    Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts - sounds like I can't go wrong with any high quality carry ammo!
  11. papercidal


    Jun 7, 2012
    Mine eats everything except Hornady Tap 10,000 plus rounds and no malfunctions with anything else.
  12. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH

    Congratulation on the G30... very nice pistol! :thumbsup:

    I'm not a big fan of these lighter loads, although some have said they run fine out of their gun(s). Be that as it may my recommendations are for the 230g weight bullets, and their are many really good brands out there, here is what I would recommend.

    If your not reloading your own (as many have pointed out), a Glock will run just about anything. I would suggest Federal "American Eagle" ammunition 230g FMJ for pratice. I have always found this ammo to be consistent shot after shot. Now their is cheaper stuff out there but I like this stuff.

    For more "social work"... :whistling: I like Hornady's "Custom" ammunition 230g XTP HP.

    Good luck and be safe out there.
  13. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

    Aug 20, 2002
    you asked also what Not to use.

    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013
  14. Able 5

    Able 5

    Feb 25, 2008
    Stay away from semiwad cutters, that vast majority of G30 will not feed them.
  15. RichardB

    RichardB Silver Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    These day's, unless you reload, you will have to shoot any reasonable name brand ammo you can find that will feed in your Glock. After the crises ends then you can get picky.
  16. GD2A


    Dec 10, 2012
    South Florida
  17. Bluescot


    Apr 11, 2012
    I ended up with around 6,000 H&G mold #68 205g cast bullets after trading some stuff and then decided that I needed another .45ACP to shoot it through other than the Paraordiance P14-45 I had. So I picked up a Glock 30.

    I ran into leading problems with those bullets and tried a Lone Wolf barrel, that was a complete disaster all the way around, and settled on a KKM barrel.

    I now load those 205g with differing powders and all is well from mild to wild.

    I have large hands so I love the big grip they come with and shot the darn thing pretty good.


    Aug 22, 2009
    A friend and I chrono'd several brands of ammo from a 5" 1911 and my G30. The rifling on the G30 does indeed keep velocity up. The average loss in velocity across the board between the 3.8" Glock barrel vs. the 5" 1911 barrel was a loss on average of 30-40 f.p.s.. Not enough to have any real effect on the performance of most of todays better loads.
    230gr. Speer Gold Dots, Federal HST's, and Winchester Rangers all performed well in different test mediums. The standard velocity loads were similar in performance to the Federal and Wincester +P versions. So I just settled on whichever I have HST's, or Rangers. Out of Gold Dots right now. But they work fine also. Only thing to really do is try the different rounds in your gun to be sure of reliability, accuracy, recoil and so on. Which ever works best for you get it and enjoy shooting it.
    No knock on the 185gr. loads. But I've tried them also. Some of the 185gr. loads are very hot. Especially the +P's But since the .45 was designed around a 230gr. bullet and that's the weight of my practice rounds I stick with the heavier rounds. Hope this helps.
  19. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    First of all, throw away everything under 230 grains.

    1. Federal HST either in the +P or standard pressure.

    2. Winchester Ranger T-Series in the +P or standard pressure.

    3. Speer Gold Dot.

    (And yes, all in 230 grains.)

    I prefer the +P loads from the shorter barrels. You don't need those lighter bullets for the .45 to be effective, even from the shorter tube in the G30.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2013
  20. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    That's a great bullet weight!