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Evan Posted - February 25 2017 : 8:28:38 PM
if it ok to reload ammo using plated lead bullets in a Glock?
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Tom-R2 Posted - December 27 2017 : 7:50:45 PM
I recently bought my first Glock, a 23C. I got it used at an auction, someone who worked at the auction house said the firearms that evening belonged to a deputy sheriff in an adjoining county who had passed. I couldn't see any signs that showed that this pistol had been fired, the barrel didn't have any wear marks at all. It came with a stainless ported barrel in 40S&W, but the barrel has NO identification markings on it, so I'm not sure who made it. It also had a 357Sig Bar-Sto barrel. I picked up once-fired cases and bought some dies and started reloading them, using both Xtreme and Rainier plated bullets. I wasn't too keen on the gas blast to the face from the ported barrel, so I bought a 40 cal Storm Lake stainless barrel too. All of them shoot really well. I did have a little key-hole issue with some of the 357Sig plated rounds, but they were kinda hot. Toned down a little and they were great. Getting home after 80-150 rounds out of each barrel and I check them and wonder why I'm cleaning them. I use the polymer coated bullets (Bayou) in 9mm and 45ACP without issues, don't have any that will work in the 40/357Sig but I may order a few just to see how they do at midrange power for the range.
Jim Higginbotham Posted - September 13 2017 : 4:38:38 PM
One of my students shoots a lot, especially 9mm in Glocks.

He mostly used plated bullets (with no problems) but he did try a couple thousand of the polymer coated bullets with no problems other than they were not as accurate as the heavy plated bullets.

Evan Posted - September 07 2017 : 12:18:58 PM
.22lr Posted - September 06 2017 : 8:44:45 PM
For what it's worth, I have been running epoxy coated bullets in my Glock 26 (sample size of 1) with good results. Bayoubullets is my perfered provider.
I have also run the 9mm loads in a S&W99, quite a few .44 magnum in a 629, and too many to count in .38spl loads out of a GP100. I have found the epoxy coated bullets to be comperable to cast bullets, exhibit NO leading, and produce little to mo smoking.


Evan Posted - August 05 2017 : 12:33:38 PM
Thanks. In the future I'll just buy plated bullets so I can shoot them in both!
Nobby42d Posted - August 05 2017 : 01:57:02 AM
Have shot tons of Xtreme plated bullets in all my pistols,including Glocks. Xtreme recommends using jacketed bullet data, such as from Speer Manual. Plating protects the bore from lead. Have used Berry Bullets as well as some other plated. Velocity is very similar to jacketed bullets with chrono'd handloads, but, I suspect, with less pressure.
zeke Posted - April 29 2017 : 05:33:45 AM
Shooting rainer 155's through .40 KT 2000 at 1300 fps fouled up the barrel pretty good. Am usually sticking to plated/jacketed in 40 S&W.
Frogfoot Posted - April 28 2017 : 11:51:34 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Rainier's literature says to keep the bullet speeds at 1500fps or lower with their and Berry's says to keep theirs at 1250fps or lower.
Evan Posted - February 26 2017 : 09:19:07 AM
thanks, again. I've a pile of lead bullets in .40 that I'm sure will be fine in the collapsible clown but not in the G22.
Chris Christian Posted - February 26 2017 : 08:41:28 AM
Xtreme Bullets offers a heavy plated version. I have used them with excellent success. A key to accuracy with plated bullets is to use lead bullet loading data and not over crimp. Too heavy a crimp can damage the plating and lead to flaking. A moderate taper crimp is all that's needed.
Russ Larges Posted - February 26 2017 : 07:38:51 AM
I have been shooting plated bullets in 9mm Glocks for years with no trouble. You do want to keep velocity in the mid to upper cast bullet speeds, at least that is what is recommended. I have had some trouble with Rainier bullets when I pushed them to fast, keyholes at ten yards, but when I slowed them down they worked well.
ASCTLC Posted - February 26 2017 : 07:26:02 AM
I shot plated in my G19 for years too Evan. No issues at all.
jle3030 Posted - February 26 2017 : 05:53:35 AM
This is off he top of my head and subject to correction. The article I read said to use the lead bullet reloading data; not jacketed. Also, over a certain velocity, the plating starts to flake/break down. I THINK it said to hold the velocity to 1000 fps or less, but you should probably fact check that. That was general information. I don't recall that Glocks were specifically mentioned.

I've had good success in .45 ACP 1911's

Malcolm Posted - February 25 2017 : 9:59:27 PM
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