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Glock factory barrel vs. Lead

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by tq_g22, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. tq_g22

    tq_g22 Young Gun

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    I was just doing a little research on some lead i planned to buy for reloading but then i read somewhere that its not smart to shoot lead through a factory glock barrel (no reasoning was given). Is this correct? OR am i good to go? btw its a g22.
     
  2. sglock45

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    no lead in a glock factory barrel git an after market lone wolf barrel and you'll be gtg

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  3. vmann

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    i would go with what the manual says, but for the record, my first glock was a 22, 1994...i was in the army, and shot a few thousand rounds of lead wad cutter reloads through it without a hicup...i still have the weapon in question....
     
  4. allegro

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    Best ot avoid lead, but if you do, be certain to do a good cleaning and inspection of the barrel.
     
  5. thinkfast

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    A decent Lone Wolf barrel w/conventional rifling will only set you back about 100 bucks--then you can safely shoot lead to your heart's content.
     
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    I know there are a lot of people around here that shoot lead through their Glocks no problem. But my experience with lead from lightly loaded (147 gr, 850 fps) has been nothing but a headache. My take on the issue, spend the money on an aftermarket barrel.
     
  7. tq_g22

    tq_g22 Young Gun

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    Thanks fellas. I think i might buy the extended barrel... are there any pros or cons to this? or should i just stick with the normal length?
     
  8. MajorD

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    yes glock inc says no lead but it also says no reloads which almost everyone who shoots extensively does. Shoot 100 rounds, brush bore repeat. that is all you need to do to avoid any issues shooting lead in glocks. The VAST majority of aftermarket barrels regardless of make would appear to have tighter chambers which can cause functional issues- most guys at my club go buy an after market barrel- "to shoot lead" only to find out the reloads they are using (which often fit in a case check gauge and function fine in the factory glock barrel or other pistols) won't function in the barrel they bought specifically for the purpose- they then send the barrel back to get the chamber opened up- a WHOLE LOT of tail chasing for nothing.-use the factory barrel -keep it clean end of story.
     
  9. 3/4Flap

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    I think this is 100% correct.

    Personally, I was not too impressed with the AM barrels I saw {2 company's}. I bought a 6" factory Glock 17L barrel for my G17 and found it to be a dead-on equal in fitting to my factory 17 bbl. If I ever get another G20 I'll buy a Glock 6" bbl for it, not an AM bbl. Just my $.02.
     
  10. humphreys19

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    MajorD has it right. Use fairly hard cast bullets that fit the bore, and clean the barrel as needed and lead is no problem. My G20 and G21 have seldom seen a factory load, and about half of the reloads shot through them have had lead bullets. Any leading usually wipes out with a dry brass brush easily.

    Tom
     
  11. tq_g22

    tq_g22 Young Gun

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    Thanks everyone! Im just gonna buy the lead and keep my barrel clean. I never shoot more than 50-100 rounds at a time anyways. So there shouldnt be too much build up.
     
  12. MaineJim

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    Been casting and shooting lead bullets since the late eighties ,once you combine the right hardness, diameter and preassure level lead bullets leave no lead whatsoever in
    Glock barrels.
     
  13. DRAGON1970

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    Congrats for not listening to the fear-mongers here. I have shot thousands and thousands of rounds of lead in my Glocks with no problems.
     
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  14. CanyonMan

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    Man that is complete garbage ! I have been shooting lead through Glocks for ever and a day. Mostly the 10mm, but a barrel is a barrel. Can't believe everything we read, as you know amigo ! ;)

    If you reload and buy your lead from Hunters Supply you will have the brinell hardness you need, to have a very decent bullet that will NOT crack bust split or hardly deform even when it encounters two shoulder bones on deer. Deer is the limit IMO for the 10mm, but it will (with the HC bullets of proper make end to end deer. Your G22 with a HS 180gr will kill a close range deer, BUT I must admit I do not reccomend these service calibers, and have hard enough time suggesting the 10mm, but at least the "latter" has enough punch to be used for varmints or deer.

    As for your stock barrel G22, HS makes a great bullet and I have usually slight to NO fouling with them. I check the barrel every so often to make sure things are cool and then carry on. Once in a while I'll swab out the barrel with a copper brush a time or two and carry on.

    The BHN (hardness of the above mentioned bullets) runs 18bhn with HS, With 3-6% antimony so the bullet does not break up on impact with super hard objects.

    Now, There is nothing wrong with getting a KKM, Or a Lone Wolf barrel and they give greater case support and life but not any better accuracy IMO.

    I use an AM barrel sometimes ONLY to save the brass life, that is it !

    My G20 stock barrel with HC bullets is very accurate out at extremely long range shooting on the ranch.

    Cast are fun to shoot and cost less than buying up a bunch of light powered ammo. Stay away from Double Tap lead. It is the worst we've tested, and the construction and quality cannot hold a candle to the HS.

    So, Brass life, get an AM barrel. If brass is not a concern to you and you want to shoot Hard Cast bullets in the Glock barrel go do 'er and have fun! Just check every 30 shots or so and see how things look and use the right lead as I suggested above , you'll be fine.

    BTW... If you go with the HS use the 155gr or the 180gr. Do not use the new Pentagon HP cast in the stock barrel because it is to soft imo. I have 2,500 of these from HS he sent me to run test for him. He his a great friend of mine and we've know each other a long time and he makes a very great product. But he softened the PHP's so they would get expantion. You can use them in the stock barrel, but I really do not reccomend it for the BHN is only about 10/11. To soft for the stock barrel imo. The rest, non hollow points are all fine.

    Try and keep you HC at 18 to 22 bhn in the stock barrel.... NO problems !

    http://www.hunters-supply.com/shop/index.php?cPath=24&osCsid=752eac7daa406eb92ba90c1479d3561c



    Good shooting !







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    The very first Glock I had was a first gen 17. At the time I was shooting a Hipower, HK P7 and the 17. I shot lead in all of them with no problems. Would I do the same today, sure.
     
  16. dkf

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    The seasoned reloaders shoot plain old hardcast lead through OE Glock barrels all the time. Another false internet rumor.
     
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  17. pat701

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    Lead is the reason God invented "Kroil"
     
  18. ZekerMan

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    The only Glocks with stock barrels that I will shoot lead out of are the G27,G23,G22,and G35, course those are all I have and no problems in 18 yrs. or so of 180 gr. Lead Flat Nose boolits.:supergrin:
     
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    I won't do it. Polygonal barrels and lead = bad ju ju from everything I've read. Most of the kabooms were traced back to this, AFAIK.
     
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    Interesting. Standard rifling is the same as polygonal rifling, eh?
     
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