Reloads with polygonal barrel guns?


Lucky Strike
March 19, 2008, 10:45 AM
I am soon to buy an EAA Witness Elite Match .45 which has a polygonal barrel.

I've been told that reloads and polygonal barrels don't mix. What exactly is the problem?

Just hoping for some insight on the subject or maybe some links to some good articles.

I'm going to get a reloading setup soon (lee classic turret press kit) as my solution to justify buying more expensive caliber guns like .45 and 44mag and am hoping there is a solution so that I can get this gun that I covet as well as reload and save on ammo

Thanks in advance for any and all responses.

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March 19, 2008, 11:03 AM
You are getting ahead of yourself, Lucky Strike.

No one has said that reloads and polygonal barrels don't mix. What we have said is that there is controversy over shooting lead bullets in polygonal barrels. That issue exists, whether or not the cartridge is new or reloaded.

The issue primarily centers on the nature of polygonal rifling and its interaction with a lead bullet. Generally, shooters have found that some brands of firearms with polygonal-rifled barrels lead excessively. This excessive leading may generate excessive pressure spikes.

There are solutions for this--but since you don't really know if your Elite Match will have a polygonal-rifled barrel, I suggest you simply wait to see what you have once you buy the pistol.

Meanwhile, reduce your anxiety by working more to save more money to buy the pistol to see what barrel you have to buy the reloading gear, and enjoy it.

Jim H.

Lucky Strike
March 19, 2008, 11:27 AM
yeah i'm the type to obsess over a purchase before making it.

you shoulda seen all the posts about stainless/blued and 4"/6" before buying my GP100.

The internet and the wealth of information that it provides has made this affliction 10x worse :p

I'm going to place the order for the gun after work today...i'm just wanting to read stuff about lead/polygonal i said, i've got obsessive tendencies.

March 19, 2008, 01:42 PM
think the bottom line on it is,some barrels shoot some lead bullets without any problems.lots depends on barrel specs,bullet diameter,lead composition,bullet speed ect.I have a CZ82 that I have shot lead bullets in,and if theres a problem,I can't see it. jwr

March 19, 2008, 09:03 PM
The "cant shoot lead in polygon" is a continuing urban myth. It has been addressed so many times that the subject is tiresome.:mad:

When you shoot lead in polygonals as I do, you should be checking the chamber and the barrel for leading often. Although I may be OCD on the subject, I check after every 50 rounds, and clean after 250 regardless of what I see.

The only problem with lead in polygonal is the mindlessness of the shooter.

Ak Guy
March 19, 2008, 09:44 PM
So just load jacketed or plated bullets....... I believe there is universal agreement that they are OK for polygonals. (??)

March 19, 2008, 09:51 PM
Your Elite Match may or may not come with a polygonal barrel. Mine didn't and I shoot 90% lead thru it with no issues. Great gun you are going to love it.


evan price
March 20, 2008, 07:30 AM
I've shot thousands of rounds of reloaded lead ammo in polygonal barreled Glocks with no problems.

This is a myth, based on the fact that if you shoot thousands of rounds of lead without cleaning, it may be possible to build higher pressures as leading increases.

Clean your gun regularly, no sweat.

March 20, 2008, 09:30 AM
reloads are fine, just stay away from lead in it. and that dosen't mean that you can't shoot lead but t is highly advised against. the companies that use these types of barrels recomenned agaist it.

March 20, 2008, 11:27 AM
I reload for my HK.45 and just use jacketed bullets.

March 20, 2008, 12:55 PM
I'm obsessed with this lately, but what how would cream-of-wheat lead bullets ( work in a polygonally-rifled barrel? I've started using them for bore scrubbing purposes and have never had cleaner bores, not that I had a biog leading problem to begin with.

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