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Old 11-28-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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I'm sure you guys have all already discussed this before, but I'm brand new here as of today. I do a bit of reloading and always load cast bullets. Also, I just picked up my first Glock recently (19) and i'm getting conflicting reports on whether I can put my reloads through it. Most say I can't, however last months American Rifleman has an article saying I can. Little help? Please and thank you

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Old 11-28-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Its ill advised, but thats not saying you cant. The safest option would be to get a replacement barrel (lone wolf, storm lake, etc) if you plan on shooting much cast out of it.
Personally, I have had zero issues with a 17 and a 19 (both gen 3) when shooting cast from the factory barrels. (Several thousand over several yrs) That is not to say your results would be the same. I do not know the hardness of these cast bullets but they are loaded near max. I have never noticed any lead buildup, but I make sure to clean the heck out of it afterwards, just in case.
Congrats on the 19 purchase, you wont regret it.
Normally its best to always side with caution, so logic would say its a good idea to go with a replacement barrel. Less likely to have an issue. Just because I havent had a problem is not to say its the recommended choice.

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From the Glock website, under FAQs:

Can I use lead bullets?
No, we recommend the use of jacketed ammunition only.


Problem is, the polygonal rifling is subject to leading more easily than traditional cut rifling. Leaded up bore, jump in pressures. Get a replacement barrel with cut rifling, no problem.

COULD you safely shoot hard cast bullets in your original barrel? Maybe.

As Dirty Harry once said, "You have to ask yourself.....Do you feel lucky? Well.......do ya???"

Me, if the maker told me not to, I tend to listen.

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Skip lead in Glocks. I cracked the feed ramp and shredded the mag on about 100 rounds of lead 45's. Never had any issues with plated bullets.

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From the Glock website, under FAQs: Can I use lead bullets? No, we recommend the use of jacketed ammunition only. Problem is, the polygonal rifling is subject to leading more easily than traditional cut rifling. Leaded up bore, jump in pressures. Get a replacement barrel with cut rifling, no problem. COULD you safely shoot hard cast bullets in your original barrel? Maybe. As Dirty Harry once said, "You have to ask yourself.....Do you feel lucky? Well.......do ya???" Me, if the maker told me not to, I tend to listen.
The manufacture also says not to shoot reloads. Just sayin
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The manufacture also says not to shoot reloads. Just sayin
Dont they all say that? Lol.
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Probably. I am just saying that what the manual says isn't always gospel.

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Don't do it. If you want to shoot cast lead out of a GLOCK, buy a Lone Wolf barrel for it. Otherwise, you could end up holding this.

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Also, I just picked up my first Glock recently (19) and i'm getting conflicting reports on whether I can put my reloads through it. Most say I can't, however last months American Rifleman has an article saying I can. Little help? Please and thank you
Back in the late '80's, I had a second gen G22 that I used in the now-defunct ALPS league for two years and shot the Copley, OH police league for a year. I always used 170 gr. truncated cone cast bullets and never had a problem with it. I used a Lewis lead remover on the barrel occasionally and that is all I did for the lead. That said, I like using jacketed bullets and that's all I use now and I would suggest the use of caution with your Glock. Glock stands behind their guns better than some manufacturers but I don't believe I'd tempt fate with your G19.
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My reloading guru and one of the LGS owners I deal with had this conversation the other day. I've been considering a Glock 17/34 for my son for USPSA. He has many Glocks and shoots lead in all of his guns. He has never had a problem including running lead in his .357 sig. He said he pushes those bullets at over 1500fps in a 4" barrel. He either casts his own or uses S&S bullets.

As he points out every manufacturer tells you not to run reloads in your firearm other than Hi Point. He told me it isa myth and if a person does proper maintenance it won't be an issue.

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