After-market Glock Barrels

Discussion in 'General Competition' started by Veritas1911, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Veritas1911

    Veritas1911

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    For all you competitive Glock shooters, what do you all recommend as a replacement barrel for the G34 to primarily shoot lead cast?

    I guess the popular choices these days are Bar-Sto, EFK, Stormlake, KKM.
     
  2. ede

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    KKM is all i'll use. bar-sto is very good but all i've seen need fitted. if they were free i wouldn't use LW, EFK, or storm lake.
     

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    BOOOOO!!!!

    I would use KKM too, they are very good indeed... but you pay through the nose and in my case the difference is marginal and not worth the expense.

    I have a LWD bought it used for $65,outperforms my stock barrel in 5-7 shot groups at 15-25 yards, no problems with it at all, worked right off the bat with no fitting.
     
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    i have thousands upon thousands of lead cast bullets (dardas mostly) through my Lone Wolf barrels.
    not one issue.
    i get about a 2.5" group at 20 yds. thats not too bad for a $100 barrel.
    well, mine was $110 since i got it blindmarked.

    would i use a KKM, sure, but not at 60% more. i dont think you would see 60% increase in anything with it but the price.
     
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    dsmw5142 NRA Member

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    I have a Lone Wolf barrel in 9mm for my G34 and a Lone Wolf barrel in .40 for my G35. Both work just fine and are a great value. Never had a KKM, but the LWD barrels shoot nearly as well as the factory barrels. The chamber is a bit tighter than factory. I bought an EGW 'U' Die in .40 and solved the "glock bulge" issue of sometimes not chambering or case gauging.
     
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    I've got both two LWD conversion barrels, and both have been flawless...

    Each is well worth the $100 or so!
     
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    Lone Wolf for all my gamer Glocks. The accuracy is no better or worse than the stock barrel, but the chambers are always tighter and the LWB always handles the lead.

    Since I tend to shoot a bunch of reloaded ammo the LWB is a great "piece of mind" value and I've had no trouble with any of them. And I own 5 -all with the goofy logo, but I bought em to shoot not to look at so they are a great value IMO.
     
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    I run a Storm Lake in my G17 and haven't had any problems with it. I've only shot FMJ through it so far, but I'm getting set up to start casting.
     
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    The votes are in:

    LWD - 5 recommends - $100
    KKM - 1 recommend - $165
    SL - 1 recommend - $160

    Sounds like you can't beat the value of a Lone Wolf?

    BTW, Lone Wolf is a distributor so I assume they don't actually manufacture their barrels like the others. So where are their barrels coming from?
     
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    Why change out the stock barrel for an inferior one?

    Little known fact....Federal Ammunition uses only Glock barrels to test and prove their handgun ammunition.

    As far as lead bullets goes....been shooting lead out of Glock barrels since 1987 with no issues. Don't buy into the urban legend created when someone fired enough super soft lead bullets thru their pistol without cleaning to line the barrel with 1/16" of lead and then blame the manufacturer when the barrel splits.
     
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    Quality steel is quality steel.....don't ask :)
     
  12. Veritas1911

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    LWD - 5 recommends - $100
    KKM - 1 recommend - $165
    SL - 1 recommend - $160
    Stock - 1 recommend - $0

    I like this latest option.
     
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    When manufacturer themselves recommended not using a lead bullets whether factory or self reloaded you ought to listen. There is a reason for it called: liability, cause they know there can be issues.

    To each there own, great that you have had luck since 1987. I know of many other that have and tried myself. I've also witnessed firsthand at a IPSC match... a KB on the range with a G22 with a freshly cleaned barrel prior, user was shooting lead the instance happened at the 120ish round fired.

    It's not an urban legend there is plenty of documented testing regarding the sudden pressure increases that can happen when shooting lead in polygon rifled barrels and not just Glocks. One that comes to mind is the "KB" chapter in Robin Taylors "The Glock in competiton".

    The safest route is to go aftermarket period.
     
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    The problem with Glock barrels are much the same for any polygonal barrel, they lead up differently than standard land and groove barrels.

    I shoot black bullets out of my G35. After the first 10 I checked the barrel for leading, looked good. Shot another 100 or so and checked again, still looked good. Now after I shoot a match I give it a quick check just to make sure it has no unusual build up.
    My bullets are not loaded hot so I do not expect to have any issues with “Leading”. It is true for any lead bullet, keep the loads on the slow side and you should not develop enough velocity to “Melt” the bullet.
     
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    I have and use Storm Lake Barrels in my G35. No issues.
     
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    I have two different G19's both with Sorm Lake barrels. They work perfect and as soon as I get a G17 I'll get a SL for that as well.
     
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    my buddy does have a storm lake in his M&P9. works great too.
    another friend of mine only runs KKM barrels. i guess its a matter of preference.
     
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    Agreed. For the same price, KKM. Real prices, LWD. I've owned both (LWD x4 and KKM x2), and have run a KKM and LWD in a G19 in IDPA. Also, owned Storm Lake (x2). The KKM is the better barrel, but not at almost twice the price. The LWD is by FAR the better value.
     
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    I have owned 2 LW and 1 Olympic.

    Like a lot of things Olympic makes this barrel is pure garbage!
    Odds are pretty good I am getting another LW this year. this time I am getting it black and blind cut.
     
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    I had nothing but bad luck with aftermarket barrels. It started with a "drop in" Jarvis converting the G20 to 40S&W. I had to do a lot of fitting. A KKM Beretta barrel wouldn't even fit in the frame till I did some fitting, after that it worked great. 2 LW 9mm threaded barrels were refusing to group at all, one of them would lock a little low on the slide and when I pulled the trigger it would move up in the fully locked position. I returned those.
    I don't need these problems, I stick with factory now and don't have any problems at all. For some reason, the factory barrels always fit and work as they should.