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Old August 29, 2005, 08:29 PM   #26
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Walt's advice seems pretty prudent to me. I don't use lead...just don't like it. As Steve Koski said, though, lots of experienced folks do reload lead for their Glocks. Seems to me the .40 would be the worst of rounds to load for a Glock.

As to using data that only applies to "fully supported chambers," how about somebody posting some pics of semi-auto barrels with fully supported chambers. There are a few.

Good luck, Steve, with your practice of shooting jacketed bullets behind lead. Cold be that you'll never suffer an adversity with that practice....on the other hand, think of the "other hand."

Good luck on buying an Accu-Match barrel from Brownell's. Accu-Match has been belly-up for years, and Brownell's long ago sold off their stock of Accu-Match barrels.

Conventionally rifled, aftermarket barrels are pretty cheap, in the Grand Scheme of Things. Even a Bar-Sto barrel is only a couple-hundred bucks.
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Old August 29, 2005, 10:46 PM   #27
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Here is my 2 cents on the subject of reloading for Glocks and shooting lead.

Glock barrels tend to foul by filling up the rifling. Take a clean patch and stop the jag about 3/4 to 1/2 inch below the muzzel end. Use a strong light and look at the rifling. You will see bands of bullet material running along the rifling.

Using lead this happens faster and builds more build up. Pressure builds up and you have problems. I don't believe using lead is a problem IF YOU CLEAN YOUR BARREL. I'm not talking about running a few swipes with a bore brush and solvent. Shooting jacketed after shooting lead is not going to work either.

Too many guys try to make the 40 something it is not. Which can lead to problems and/or don't lower powder charge when switching to lead. I know a guy who broke a couple of Glocks because his reloading mentor thought the max load was a starting load. Seems like he bent a Smith Mdl 19 too.

I believe problems rise with using range brass. Just how many reloads is on a piece of brass? Worn out and won't hold the bullet? Then you have Dillons where the guy is worried about production rather than quailty and the Lee FCD fixes everything.

I shoot tons of lead out of my 1911's but I also keep track of my brass.
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