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glock 19 and cast bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jack44, Oct 30, 2011.

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  1. jack44

    jack44 Member

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    I will be shooting hard cast and jacketed bullets and was wondering what is a good weight in cast for plinking?? the powder is power pistol.
     
  2. Fatelvis

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    I'm not a Glock fan, and I don't shoot them, but I do hear Glock fans saying they don't shoot cast bullets in thier stock Glock barrels, due to the poly rifling. I really don't know how much it matters, I just thought I'd give you a heads up......
     
  3. bluetopper

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    124 or 125 grains are the most common cast bullets found in 9mm. Great weight for plinking, target shooting, or for more serious matters if need be. Also you can't beat Power Pistol powder in 9mm, it was designed for the caliber and performs great in whatever power level you desire to load it.

    Clean your chamber and barrel good between outings and your Glock and cast bullets will get along juuust fine.
     
  4. jack44

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    Thanks alot Parisite.
     
  5. 45-70 Ranger

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    I see this often that one should not use cast in a Glock. I have found no evidence of any problems arising from the use of cast in a Glock.

    I had a 19 for several years and when I reloaded, I used about 75% cast v.s. the JHP's. Shucks, I even loaded some once with a 168 gr. Keith SWCHP with a small amount of Unique and it shot great! Like the others said so well, go ahead and have some fun then clean that little shooter up and do it again!

    Wade
     
  6. 2ndtimer

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    I have shot a number of cast bullets through my old Glock Model 19 years ago, but quit doing it after reading stories of Glock "kabooms", some of which were alllegedly caused by shooting lead bullets through the polygonal rifling of the factory barrels. Apparently, Glock does NOT recommend the use of cast bullets in their factory barrels, and I believe using them voids the factory warranty. So I only shoot jacketed bullets in mine now. I have considered buying an accessory barrel like from Lone Wolf which comes with standard land and groove rifling and handle lead bullets just fine. The barrels cost around $100 or so, and are supposed to drop right in. YMMV
     
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    I have shot more than 10k cast bullets in a Glock 17 (20yrs ago). The barrel does get some leading, but otherwise, I did not experience any problems. Not that I am suggesting you do it.. Cleaning thoroughly would certainly help..
     
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    I used to shoot lead through my G26 and it was okay but the lead builds up fast.

    I tried to keep it under 250rds and cleaning it was not alot of fun.
     
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    Too slow it will lead to fast it will lead up, you'll have to find that sweet spot, i have found that power pistol works the best, it's also the recomended powder in carbine justin case any ones interested?
     
  10. xsquidgator

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    Lone Wolf barrels work great in the G19 - I bought my LW barrel for exactly this purpose, and it was just about exactly $100.

    Just be aware that the LW barrel is a "match barrel" which among other things I think means that the chamber is a "match" chamber, that is, to tight specifications. It hasn't mattered a whit in my 9x19 G19 barrel, but my 40SW G23 Lone Wolf barrel has had some FTF issues and I think this is why. The inner diameter of the factory Glock barrel chamber is at least 0.0025" larger than that of the Lone Wolf barrel (0.428" vs 0.425" if I remember correctly-a 40SW case is just about 0.425" outer diameter so the extra room seems to help it feed better).
     
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    A friend of mine has shot lead bullets in a G 17 for years. Just keep and eye on the leading. Clean between outings, if you shoot enough you might need to clean at the range. He did end up buying a storm lake barrel for the gun and said it was a little more accurate with the lead.
     
  12. jack44

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    I always clean my guns after range time - I pick up some ballistol today
     
  13. GLOOB

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    I used to clean my guns after every outing. But as far as the interior of the barrel is concerned, there just wasn't much of anything to clean. Now I don't bother until I bother. I use 125 gr cast in my Glock, and I just alternate 1 or 3 plated bullets in each mag. Barrel, throat, and chamber stay clean as can be. Maybe I'm just lucky and stumbled upon the right load.
     
  14. jmorris

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    The Glock manual says no reloads at all. The quote is something like "inexpertly loaded/filled", lawyer talk for reloads.

    I have shot lead in them without problems but shoot plated these days.
     
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    My name is D. White

    I've been shooting lead in my Glock 22 for 2 years.:eek:

    I've probably launched 3000 of them.:what:

    I can't stop.:banghead:

    The cost.

    The accuracy.

    The challenge.

    It's just too strong

    I started shooting lead after hearing how the price compared to jacketed bullets.:scrutiny:

    Started out innocent enough, a box here, a box there.

    Lot's of my friends were doing it and they seemed o'kay.:evil:

    Now I'm swallowed up in the abyss. Lost. Lonely. Shunned by other Glockers and those with other polygonal rifled barrels.:uhoh:

    (But on the dark side we have cookies).:D

    All the Best,
    D. White
     
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    I normally use my LWD barrel when I shoot cast bullets through my G17. Here lately I have been using the factory barrel with no issues. Just a little bit of leading, nothing that my chore boy wrapped bore brush couldnt take care of.

    I have had the best results by using 0.358" diameter 9mm cast bullets and loading them under 1100 FPS. YMMV
     
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    I normally do my high volume shooting of lead bullets using Lone Wolf barrels in Glocks, but I do shoot lead bullets in factory Glock barrels with a quick inspection every 200-300 rounds.

    This is what my factory barrels usually looks like after several hundred rounds of Missouri Bullets. Note that what you see are flaky fouling build up and not leading, which is removed rather easily with a shot of WD40/Hoppes #9 and brushed out with copper bore brush. As indicated on the target, this flaky fouling buildup do not affect accuracy.

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    Shiny barrel/rifling after cleaning.
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    7-10-15 yard off hand targets with G17 and MBC lead bullets shot out of dirty barrels before cleaning.
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