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Lone Wolf barrels - problems?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DickP, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. DickP

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    The Lone Wolf barrel I put in my Glock 29 needs some fitting. If you forcefully rack the slide, the barrel-hole in the slide will wedge against the shoulder of the barrel/chamber and get stuck. If you don't realize this before you shoot the gun, you end up having to spend 10 minutes with a rubber mallet to knock the slide loose again.

    Has this happened to anyone else? Should I send the barrel back to LW? Or should I file down the blocky edges on the barrel myself? I'd prefer to just keep it and do the fine-tuning myself - but is there any reason not to take a file to the barrel and shape it to fit myself?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mags

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    Alot of times fitting is required with aftermarket parts, especially barrels.
     
  3. DasFriek

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    I suggest calling LW,as everything ive heard and seen they are 100% drop in and if it needs fitting there is most likley a problem in the barrel.
    I know mine fit better than the stock barrel.
     
  4. Runningman

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    That does not sound so good. I also would contact Lone Wolf before you do some filing. That is not an area where you should have to do any fitting on a Glock if I'm understanding you right. There may be more to the problem than you realize. If you have some calipers you may want use them to compare with the factory Glock barrel dimensions. A picture of the problem area might help.
     
  5. GreenTN

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    Dick from San Antonio...
    Why do want to replace the barrel on your Glock?
     
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    Does the barrel lock up fully w/o ammo or only with a round in the chamber ? Best to give JR at LWD a call for suggestions. In any case don't remove any metal from the barrel hood surface where it contacts the breech face as that will affect headspace.
     
  7. DickP

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    Green-

    Fired factory 10mm loads have a very noticeable bulge around the web. I've no other complaints with the gun, but I'm looking for a little more case support...

    Everything seems to lock up fine, the slide just sticks with the new barrel. I'm going to take you guys' advice and send it back.

    Thanks!
     
  8. GreenTN

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    Yea I wouldnt change a thing with my Glocks...run'em stock, hot and dry...how do you like your 10mm?...I see you have a 29...
     
  9. DasFriek

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    After a bit of thinking it may work its self out after a few rounds threw it,or even a bunch of dry fires and fully cycle the slide each time.
    The reason i think that is if the gun is very new and a low round count it may be kinda tight itself,and add in a very tight specs of the LW barrel the 2 may need to work themselves together.
    GreenTN- alot of people do it as a conversion too .40 to shoot cheaper ammo.But some people replace them with a stock spec LW barrel as the tolerances are much better and more accurate than the stock Glock barrel is.
    I know i miss my old G20 and shooting full 10mm loads.
     
  10. DickP

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    GreenTN:

    Yes, I love my 29. 11 rounds of 10mm, in a pocketsize auto - hard to beat that! I put XS bigdot sights on it, and it's going along with me and my girlfriend on an Alaskan camping trip in a few weeks.

    No complaints with the gun, except that the brass comes out of the factory barrel with startling bulges around the web. BIG bulges - I don't want to keep buying manufactured ammo, but I certainly can't see shooting handloads out of the factory barrel...
     
  11. nickE10mm

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    Just got my LWD 10-.40 conversion barrel (std length) and I was able to get out to the range the other day and I had ONE failure to chamber fully and then ran another 200rds through it without a single issue. The ONE failure was in the first 10 rounds.

    I would call LW and see what they say before doing any filing.
     
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    Pocketsize????
     
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    Dickp Check out ( Reading GRX push through dies ) Made just for thie bulge problem and stock glock 40 and 10mm, ain't the only guns to do this to some amount. This will make your brass straight again but can make for shorter life span of brass. The problem with those nice tight chambers,, failure to feed some ammo types.
     
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    Send it back. I use and have sold alot of LW barrels. I had one with what I thought was a rough chamber, sent it back. They polished it up. Found out problem was my ammo- some OMC reloads.
     
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    I had the exact same problem with my new G29. I bought a LW 40S&W conversion barrel for it and it locked up the slide as well. I measured the width of the block chamber area and found it to be about 4-5 thousands wider than the original 10mm Glock barrel. I sent it off to LW and they did some grinding on the edges where the barrel forms. Upon return it did not solve my slide locking issue. So, since the barrel as it is was worthless to me I decided to remove the 4-5 thousands off of the chamber area. I used a wetstone and removed enough material off of both sides so that the width equaled my stock 10mm barrel. After that the LW barrel functioned perfectly. It has been 2000+ rounds since and no more slide locking issues!
     
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    I know it's old tread, but i just got this problem with my G29 and 2 LWD barrels.
    Both locks-up.
    Where exactly do i need to remove metal? sides of chamber area?
     
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    Lone Wolf barrels come with life-time product and service warranty.

    Give them a call - good people who stand behind their products.
     
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    Called them, blame goes on ammo. But it's not, i used multiple brands,
    see the picture, there are also noticable impact on metal, sides, near round part of the barrel.
    Both are going back to LWD.
     

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    I bought a 9mm drop in for my G23 and the first time at the range the chamber locked up on me, but it seemed like after a few shots and operating poorly it just snapped out it, works perfectly.
     
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    Keep us posted as to how things work out for you.
     
  21. Randal45

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    take the barrel and a wetstone and shave a few thousands off of each side. if you have a micrometer you can compare your LW to the stock Glock barrel. This is what I did and no problems since. First thing I would do is use a micrometer and take some measurements. Compare it with the stock barrel and go from there. I took the attitude that as it was it was worthless to me so if I monkeyed with it and I didnt fix it I didnt loose anything.
     
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    I shipped both to LWD. will see what their armorer Don will say or do.
    If they fail, i'll work on them.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19zjMLbmymQ
    even uploaded a video, not very clear, but slide is not locked by slide lock, there are no mag inserted.
     

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    Good call to ship them back, IMHO...

    They are a quality location and will do right by you :)

    Regards
     
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    Got both barrels back.
    Don saw the marks and removed some metal from them.
    it seems to stop locking up , need to take it to the range
    He made them matte to cover rough jobs, but also polished ramps ( on new barrels:confused:).
     

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    Tolerances aren't better, nor are they claimed to be better. They are claimed to be made with slightly smaller chambers and oversize in the areas of lockup.

    But since they are made from soft stainless steel, they will soon wear looser than a stock Glock barrel, in my estimation, even if they do start out slightly oversize. Mine actually measured slightly smaller (better part of a thou) than the stock barrel in the outer dimensions of the chamber and barrel.
     
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