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Reloading for G36

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Kaptnstovepipe, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Kaptnstovepipe


    Jan 21, 2010
    I'm thinking of picking up a Glock G36, but to learn to shoot this pistol well, I'm going to have to reload.

    I know that in the past there were issues about Glock chambers not supporting brass cartridge cases well enough to permit re-using the brass fired from the Glocks. Is this still an issue with the newer generation Glocks?

    Also, can I put together some paper-punching cast lead reloads and fire them through the G36 without changing the barrel to one with more conventional rifling? I've heard that the polygonal rifling in Glock barrels can lead to pretty severe leading of bores. Is this still an issue, even with relatively low mid-range velocities and well-lubed cast bullets with a Bnh of at least 16?

    I've been getting mixed information about these possible problems, and I need to know how much of an investment, beyond the cost of the stock pistol, I'm going to have to make.

  2. das9mm26


    Oct 27, 2009
    The lack of chamber support was an issue with some early production .40S&W Glocks; the issue has since been remedied...You should have no problems with PROPERLY CONSTRUCTED reloads in the 36......I've fired several hundred through mine with zero troubles...
    As for the leading concern.....I've never taken the chance with firing lead/cast bullets in ANY stock Glock barrel....I've purchased an aftermarket bbl (Lone Wolf, Nowlin ,Bar-Sto, etc.) and used IT for shooting lead rounds.
    Some will say go ahead and use lead in the stock bbl....just be SURE to clean it THOROUGHLY after EACH and EVERY range session.....if you're one who puts off cleaning your firearm(s), I'd HIGHLY recommend going with the aftermarket barrel...~$100 is far less costly than a whole new gun...or body part!!!:wow:
    Good Luck....and Stay Safe!!

  3. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Good advice. I have fired 100s thru a stock G21, but cleaned it every 100rds or so. A $100 bbl is cheap insurance. The G36 is also not likely to enjoy LSWC, try LRN or LTC.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  4. TonyT


    Mar 14, 2009
    I have shot a number of jacketed bullet reloads through my G-36. The 45 ACP operates at a lower pressure than 9m or 40 S&W. I would not use lead bullets in my G-36. I have a friend who has used mild lead bullet loads in his 10mm chambered Glock (cannot remeber the model number) but finally purchased a non-Glock barrel in 40 S&W for his gun in order to shoot lead bullets.
  5. Glock21sf-miami


    Jul 25, 2008
    I reload for a G36. I only use jacketed bullets and have fired about 500 of my reloads through this gun with no problems at all.
    My favorite recipe is WLP primers, 5.0 grs of WST pushing a 200gr Montana Gold JFP. They shoot like a dream and this load is extremely accurate.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    I mostly shoot Rainier's with Montana gold's as back ups. I have shot over 8k reloads through my G35 and 23 this year alone. Add the last few years in and I can safely say reloads haven't hurt my guns.

    I have about 2k of lead bullets just sitting on the shelf but I prefer the Rainier's and Montana gold's. I buy in large enough bulk that there isn't that much difference in price. I just payed $65 a k for 124 Rainiers and $85 for 180;s.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  7. coachg


    Dec 7, 2007
    I don't have a Glock in 45 but shoot lots of Moly coated 40's through my G22 stock barrel. I do clean it after every shooting, but it only takes a couple of patches and I'm done. You can save about $30/1000 with moly lead over jacketed in those calibers.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  8. sdelam


    Feb 1, 2007
    I reload for my G36 with out issues, I use a after market barrel for lead though. I have found that it dosnt like bullets with shoulders like the Lee 452-230-2R, but it has no issues with the lyman 452-374.