Non-glock .45ACP and reloads?


January 13, 2010, 07:56 AM
I'm starting to reload. From what I understand, shooting reloads in a Glock is not recommended and definitely not lead bullets. I'm looking for a polymer framed .45ACP that is ok to shoot reloads and lead bullets. I have several 1911's so, please don't suggest them as they aren't polymer framed.

One alternative is to get a Glock 30sf or 21sf and a Lone Wolf barrel. Other suggestions?

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January 13, 2010, 08:10 AM
It may not work for you but I shoot 'plated lead' reloads in my 2 HK-45's, & a 1911 without any problems. That HK-45c sure is nice, it has the same type of rifling as the Glock though. I think if you clean your gun regularly you would be O.K., & load to modest levels. It works for me anyway.

Just One Shot
January 13, 2010, 08:24 AM
Most all manufacturers say not to use reloads. I believe it's more of a cover your butt tactic than the guns inability to work with reloads. There are many people out there that shoot reloads in their Glocks.

If you are looking for another good poly frame gun I would suggest the XD .45 either in the compact or the full size version.

No matter what platform you use, you are going to have to watch out for lead build up in the barrel. You may want to consider buying plated bullets to minimize on the amount of cleaning that's involved with the lead only type.

January 13, 2010, 08:35 AM
first off, ALL firearm manufacturers are going to reccomend that you do not shoot reloads. it is there way of telling you that if you screw up, and blow yourself / and or the gun apart, they are not liable. that being said, if the ammo is made carefully, there isnt any reason that reloads can not be shot in anything. the issue, as i understand it with the glocks and lead is the polygonal rifleing. i read somewhere that you can buy a conventionally groved barrel for them if you want to shoot lead. but if that is what you are interested in, check on it first, because not being a glock owner, i am not certain about it. as for shooting reloads in a poly pistol, no reason not to. just so long as they are made withing sammi specs, there shouldnt be a problem (other than a warranty issue if there is a problem with the gun). i have shot thousands of rounds of reloads through 5 different poly pistols with no problems whatsoever. bullets types really do not seem to make a difference either, although some need to be seated deeper than others. jacketed, plated or plain lubed lead bullets all seem to work fine once the load is right for that particular gun. the only thing about lead is sometimes, the lube can build up and start to make the rounds not chamber all the way. i find that sometimes happens if i over lube my cast bullets with lee liquid alox. but that is my fault, not the guns.

January 13, 2010, 08:39 AM
Ruger P345.

Ruger's are known for being very very tough. People tend to test reloads in them for that reason.

You can get one new for ~$450.

January 13, 2010, 09:07 AM
I have 2 Ruger P97's, a P90, and the Wife has a P345. Over 90% of the Ammo shot through these guns has been my Reloads. I stay within the Reloading Specifications of the Powder and Bullets I use, and haven't had any problems with the guns shooting them. As was mentioned there shouldn't be any problems shooting reloads in other guns, if you stay within the Specifications with your reloads.

January 13, 2010, 10:36 AM
If you like Glock, there are always after maket barrels like Lone Wolf, who offer a traditionally rifled barrel as an alternative to the factory Glock polygonal barrels. They are reasonably priced and drop right in.

I have one of their 9mm conversion barrels for my 31 that works as advertised. If I had a Glock in .45, its the way I'd go.

January 13, 2010, 12:31 PM
In your shoes I would go with the XD 45. Second choice would be the glock with aftermarket barrel.

January 13, 2010, 02:39 PM
I have a Glock 21SF that I shoot my reloads through. In the regular barrel, I can use RMR copper plated bullets (, Jake Wilcox is a great person to deal with, always quick to respond to emails.). They work well and are accurate enough for general shooting.
I recently tried precision bullets, they are lead coated with a polymer coating. They advertise that you can shoot them in the polygonal barrel, but I couldn't. After about 30 rounds, I removed the barrel and could see leading. I contacted precision bullets(excellent people to deal with) and they advised me that in the reloading process that the coating may be getting scraped off. I didn't want to chock it up for a loss, as I was sitting on 1000 of the presision bullets. I ended up purchasing a LWD barrel($100). So far I have had no issues. The LWD barrel works well with the precision bullets and it is just as accurate as the stock barrel. The chamber on the LWD barrel is def tighter.

Maj Dad
January 13, 2010, 06:08 PM
I use the RMR plated 45 slugs also in my Glock 21 - zero problems and zero leading. They are accurate and shoot great, too. I shoot cast bullets in the 1911 & revolvers but will be getting an aftermarket bbl for the Glock this year, just fur fun... :cool:

January 13, 2010, 06:16 PM
I put thousands of rounds through my old XD45 Service....and almost all of them were my reloads using 230 grain RNL bullets. No problems. It eats everything except SWCs.

If you don't want to shoot lead bullets in Glocks you can get plated bullets like Berrys or Rainier for a reasonable price. Lead is still cheaper though. Now I'm paying somewhere around $70/1000 for the lead ones I'm shooting now which is sorta high. A few years ago I was paying around $40 or so shipped for the same thing. :(

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