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New Glock 17 shooting reload with 125gr lead

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kmats1246, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. kmats1246

    kmats1246 New Member

    New Glock 17 FTR series shoots best with Magnum 115g factory load..my reloads are 125g LC lead which seems to go right or totally miss my big target at the range..I've tried min/max gn loads but still the factory load hits the target..I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this..
  2. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    You should not shoot lead in a Glock.
  3. ^^^+1. a lot of people do, and press their luck doing it. i wouldn't.
  4. kmats1246

    kmats1246 New Member

    hi, thanks for the reply..is that the reason for the inaccuracy? thanks Kem
  5. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    The reason is that the polygonal rifled barrel is susceptible to excessive leading which causes overpressure leading to possible catastrophic failure as well as poor accuracy due to the bullet not fully engaging the polygonal rifling. Use only full metal jacket/plated bullets in Glock barrels. If you wish to shoot lead in your Glock you can purchase an aftermarket drop-in land-and-groove Ballard rifled barrel such as this:

  6. cottonmouth

    cottonmouth Well-Known Member

    I put a Lone Wolf barrel in my Glock 22RTF and it seems to do fine so far.

  7. Hk Dan

    Hk Dan Well-Known Member

    Reaper, read Chapter 4 of "The GLOCK in Competition" for a real answer to the lead bullet question. Yours is the conventional wisdom, but is not entirely accurate.

    To the accuracy question: Did you re-seat the lead bullets? In plated or lead bullets, seating, then re-seating them shorter CAN cause keyholing and highly inaccurate shots even as close at 10 yards.

    What OAL are you using?

  8. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Never got a good result shooting lead in the Glocks polygonal rifled barrel so I quite trying. In my defense though it was done 20 years ago prior to all the warning about lead in Glocks. A conventionally rifled aftermarket barrel like the one from Lone Wolf would likely be the remedy if you think the cost is worth it.
  9. you should read the manual that comes from glock and is included with each gun.

    it expressly warns against lead loads in it's pistols. i tend to take manufacturer warnings as truth-they built it.
  10. SCBradley

    SCBradley Well-Known Member

    Almost every manual I've ever had states that you should never shoot reloads. Is that because it is an unsafe practice, or is it to cover the manufacturer's a**?

    Lead is perfectly fine in a Glock if the hardness and velocity are correct. If you're not sure, don't shoot it.
  11. RP88

    RP88 Well-Known Member

    you will be best off putting a traditional grooved barrel in instead of using the polygonal barrel. It's worth it. The last thing you want is to have your new Glock be the reason why you need a new finger or two. Besides, the lead stuff - even if it doesn't potentially harm the gun - is dirty.

    HGUNHNTR Well-Known Member

    Lead can build up in the polygonal rifling causing unsafe pressures.

    Don't do it.
  13. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

  14. SCBradley

    SCBradley Well-Known Member

  15. greyeyezz

    greyeyezz Well-Known Member

    Should something happen to your pistol and you mention to Glock you fired reloads your warranty is immediately void.
  16. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    No bare lead and no re-loads, and your Glock will serve you well.

    Use re-loads and bare lead and you're just begging for fate to make an example of you.
  17. greyeyezz

    greyeyezz Well-Known Member

    I don't think he's heeding are warnings, he's concerned with accuracy. Hopefully he won't be posting back with his G17 looking like a detonated grenade.
  18. greenlion

    greenlion Well-Known Member

    Hey. The lead issue can be solved by using plated lead bullets from a manufacturer like Berry's Bullets. If you order an aftermarket barrel, you should let the company you order from know that it is for lead reloads as the tolerances will have to be a bit looser than match grade for that.

    The accuracy is more confusing. You say it shoots best with a Magnum 115gr load. Do you mean +P rated? At what distance are you shooting? I've seen reloads have a slightly different point of impact, but never a big enough change to miss a target if you had the gun zeroed to begin with. Can you provide more info??
  19. RippinSVT

    RippinSVT Well-Known Member

    So you are saying that reloading is dangerous? lol, ok.
  20. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Wow....where do ideas like this things get started? :rolleyes:


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