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Reloads in a Glock

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Circuit Rider, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Circuit Rider

    Circuit Rider Member

    Gents, I need some advise as I'm not familiar with Glock firearms. My Doctor has been offered a Glock 40 caliber(Glock 22?) at a decent price. I have been told it will not shoot lead and is finicky as to what reloads it will shoot. The advise I was given was to get a Jarvis or Lone Wolf barrel. Doc is just learning to shoot and I don't want a situation where he'll be discouraged and quit. Much obliged for any and all information.
  2. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    You should NOT shoot reloads in a stock Glock. Their chamber is not fully supported which leads to an increased risk of case rupture, particularly if the brass has already been stressed by previous firing. This is especially true of .40 caliber Glocks, which tend to be a lot more problem-prone than other calibers because they're just an up-barreled 9mm.
  3. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Absolutely not true, couldnt be more false regarding using reloads. What would sharing a frame and slide with 9mm have to do with anythig? Yes the 40s have poor case support but there is nothing unsafe about reloads as long as they are done right. OP go to the reloading forum for better advice.
  4. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    I have a number of 9mm Glocks, and except for occasional factory rounds, shoot reloads pretty much exclusively, and have never had an issue. I dont use lead bullets with the 9mm, but thats mainly due to leading due to velocity.

    I know the .40 Glocks have a bad rap in this respect, but I was under the impression that they addressed the unsupported chamber thing. If not, they make drop in aftermarket barrels that remedy the problem, and well as the lead issue, if thats a worry to you.
  5. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    You can shoot any jacketed reload in any Glock, if you don't mind losing the warranty. A gun with a looser chamber is more likely to be able to chamber sloppy reloads, after all. You can even shoot lead, so long as you find the right load.

    If you are the one DOING the reloading and you collect your own brass, you may want to try to avoid chambers that don't have good support. This includes early model Glocks in both .40 and .45. But RECENT Glocks have terrific chamber support. I have a Gen3 .40 and .45, and they both have very good support. I buy "Glocked" brass, run it though my dies, and when I shoot it out of MY Glocks, the brass remains perfect.

    Note: chamber support and chamber tightness/looseness are not the same thing. Bad chamber support leads to bulges over the feedramp, and repeated hot loads are ill-advised. A loose chamber means the brass might not resize exactly as small as you like, but the reloads will still be fine for that gun. I see no reason to seek a tight, match chamber for reloading in a pistol, unless its a gun with expensive brass, and you want to get maximum life using high power loads.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  6. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    only thing I've ever fed my 17 is reloads. 50% were lead. No issues. just sayin'...
  7. Nushif

    Nushif Well-Known Member

    I fed my 26 only reloads for about six months until I got bored with it. No problems at all.

    No bulged cases, no exploded guns, no missing digits ... but by all means, please don't collect all that tasty brass. 8)
  8. kelo4u2

    kelo4u2 Member

    Gock reloads

    Get a Lee sizing die and that will size the whole case. You can use this on any Glock with factory barrel.
  9. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    Completely false.

    SIGLBER Well-Known Member

    No lead in Glocks. The lead tends to build up in the rifling. The .40 is already a high pressure round. If the build up gets too thick BOOM! I've seen it first hand. Not pretty. I would not shoot reloads in an gun. But especially not in a Glock. I've seen several .40's of different makes blow up. Most of them were from problem reloads. Seems worst in the 180gr. rounds. Getting a good aftermarket barrel will allow for shooting lead. But unless they are your own I wouldn't shoot reloads. Have seen to many bad things happen with them.
    I just got a great deal on a G22 police trade in. It is like new. Really just love the gun. Actually wanted a G17 but the deal was too good to pass up. Bought a Storm Lake 9mm barrel for it and it's been perfect. I'm not really big on the .357 SIG. But you can get a .357 barrel and if you can find one a .22 conversion kit and have a 4 caliber gun with the G22.
  11. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    This isn't very far from the truth, actually. The first .40 SW Glocks were very similar to the 9mm. The extractor is slightly different, and the ejector is angled differently. The breechface is cut wider, and the barrel is bored out to .40. The actual external dimensions of the barrel are almost exactly the same. The mass of the slide is nearly identical, and the recoil springs are the same weight. But when you start out with a 9mm that can handle 100k+ rounds and which has a slide as heavy as a Glock's is, you don't really NEED to change anything.

    The recent models are still practically the same, but it's because the changes they made for better durability with .40 were carried over to the 9mm versions.

    They greatly increased chamber support since the first .40 and .45 versions, for starters. And they changed the locking block for better durability in the .40. The gen4's now have a much heavier recoil spring, to boot. The .45 was always robust, since it started out life as a 10mm, so the only major change was the increased chamber support.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  12. Trigun

    Trigun Well-Known Member

    You can shoot reloads and why bother buy a after market barrel just because of shoot lead bullets, copper plated or jacket bullet is not that expensive. The Glock barrel on the other hand is very well made.

  13. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    There is nothing wrong with using good reloads in a Glock of any caliber. I would not reuse those cases too many times.
  14. Circuit Rider

    Circuit Rider Member

    Guys, thanks for the information. Gloob, I'll be doing the reloading for Doc and won't go hot with any load just to be safe.
  15. Sapper771

    Sapper771 Well-Known Member

    I reload for all my Glocks (26, 19 ,17G3, 17G2, 34, & 21). I only have experience with the 9mm and 45 acp versions though, no 40's. I have not had any problems shooting my reloads through my Glocks. I have some 9mm and 45acp brass that has as much as 10 loadings on them. They still have tight primer pockets and good neck tension. As long as you stay with in the boundries, you will get better case life. I dont use lead in the factory barrels. I have used moly coat bullets in the factory barrels with decent success. Jacketed and plated are good to go.

    Voiding the warranty doesnt bother me.

    One word of warning....... if you plan on using an aftermarket barrel, make sure that you dont use brass that has been fired through a glock barrel previously. The glock chambers have more liberal tolerances and when the brass is fired in them, it can expand to those liberal tolerances. The sizing die cant size the area around the head of the case. The 9mm is the worst for this due to its tapered case. I have not noticed it as much in my 45 acp and lone wolf barrel. Redding makes a push thru die that can fix the problem with the 40 cal and 10mm cases.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  16. Murphster

    Murphster Well-Known Member

    I err on the side of caution with Glocks. With Glocks I never use lead bullets. I buy once fired brass and after I fire it in a Glock, I leave it. It's just cheap peace of mind for me. Never had a problem in thousand of rounds. (I use the brass more times if I'm firing it in a different brand of pistol.)
  17. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    I shoot and reload the same brass out of mine until it fails, which is usually a good long time. Im shooting a lot of about 2000 rounds/pieces I've been using for about two years now, and its just now starting to give me occasional cases with split necks. I shoot and reload on average around 3-400 rounds a week, so its been loaded and shot a good bit.
  18. sharptailhunter

    sharptailhunter Active Member

    IMO, the only scary part about this thread is that you will be doing the reloading for someone else. By all means, that is not a slander against you. I simply think that there is too much of a liability factor there. Reloading is great fun, and if you are trying to get your friend into the sport of handguns, like you described, why not help him do his own reloads using your equipment? Maybe he'll like that part of it too.

    Like others have mentioned, you can shoot lead and/or reloads in a Glock barrel. The stock barrels can lead foul faster than other barrels, but all barrels can lead foul. It can be minimized by finding the right load and being vigilent about keeping it clean. I have been shooting plated bullets in my G34 with great success. I use whatever brass I can pick up and it all shoots and reloads great.
  19. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    Thats a good point. I dont shoot others reloads, and I normally dont give others mine, unless they are shooting them out of my guns. Its not that I dont trust them, and I've rarely had an issue, but things do happen.
  20. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Well-Known Member

    I doubt you would say this if you had any actual experience with the matter at hand. I have been reloading for Glocks in 9mm, .40, and 10mm for quite a while now, and they do just fine. I implore you not to spread the regurgitated, recycled, second-hand "knowledge" that I see all too often on the web.

    PS... you can even shoot hardcast lead loads through the stock barrel in low quantities.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011

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