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    I have been told that you should not shoot lead bullets through a Glock because of leading. Is there any truth to this. All barrels can lead up. I shot a lot of lead hand loads through by Bretta 9mm and had some leading but I was able to remove it. No problem, the gun still works great. I was also told that the ramp on the glock is very steep so when a lead bullet slides into the barrel it can be deform. I tried it and it does not deform the bullet. Can anyone give me a good enough reason to not shoot lead bullets through my Glock.

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    It's all about the type of "rifling" that Glock uses. Glock's "polygonal rifling is "more susceptible" to leading, but not just leading but excessive leading which can lead to barrel obstruction, a dangerous condition.

    Aftermarket barrels are only @ $100... Is it worth that much to safely shoot lead bullets. Me, I shoot plated instead of lead in my Glocks.
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    Lots of people shoot lead through their Glocks, you just have to monitor the leading more closely because of Glock's polygonal rifling... Unmoderated shooting of lead can and has lead to problems in standard Glock barrels, so most do not recommend it at all.
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    Check this sight out on U Tube. Shooting lead through a Glock. Interesting. Lead bullets in Glock 21 - YouTube

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    As stated this can be done but is NOT advisable. Of course Youtube is a fine example of the addage that everything on the internet must be true. As previously stated most go with an aftermarket barrel to shoot lead. My personal advice is if you decide to do so; do it knowing that there is always a possibility of failure. Be SAFE.....Shoot WELL
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    As always, use knowledge to make informed decisions ....

    Lead build up in the Glock barrel would warrant not using it, but, with attention to details it can be done with no harm to the weapon or the user. Caution is advised as the polygonal rifling will lead up quickly and cause not only problems but increase the potential of damage to the weapon and harm/death to the user.

    FWIW, I have shot plenty of lead in my G17, but would not recommend it to anyone who is not knowledgeable in the potential/definite consequences of doing so ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pappy View Post
    Check this sight out on U Tube. Shooting lead through a Glock. Interesting. Lead bullets in Glock 21 - YouTube
    The reloaders here know it "can" be done.... We even know "how" to do it.... But I don't think you're going to get much encouragement for "you" to do it because we don't know your knowledge or skill level. How much do you know about the Brinnell scale? How good are you at alloying lead? What velocity are you looking for? This is an internet forum, mostly anonymous and potentially dangerous. I really like this forum because of the conscientious and polite nature of this group.

    The reloaders here are not going to "encourage" a new member to do something contrary to engineers at Glock's factory recommendations. That said, it's your gun, it's your hand and your friends that may be negatively affected by your actions. Just don't expect me to validate a potentially dangerous experiment without you offering a lot more information.
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    Lead Bullets

    Well said Ed, I am withEd on this I shoot plated bullets exclusively with one exception...... That being my G20 gets fed mostly copper jacketed since the loads I use are quite "hotter" than my others pistols. I shoot both HK/Glocks . Polygonal rifling exists in both brands.


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    I have a little experience, I have been reloading for over 30 years now. I am planning on using the lead bullets just for practice and plinking. Shooting them at a low velocity. I think a common since goes a long way here about this subject. Any time when I work up a new load I will always start out low on the reloading book recommendations. After I shoot a few rounds I look at the case and primer to see if there is any exsive pressure. If not and I am happy how the bullets are grouping I will keep that load. I have shot plenty of lead bullets through many of my other guns and never seem to have much of any lead build up in the barrel. I know the Glock has no signs of any fowling yet. I have only shot a few lead bullets through it. I have casted about 500 bullets and ready to test them when I get some time to reload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OklahomaSafeShooting View Post
    As stated this can be done but is NOT advisable. Of course Youtube is a fine example of the addage that everything on the internet must be true. As previously stated most go with an aftermarket barrel to shoot lead. My personal advice is if you decide to do so; do it knowing that there is always a possibility of failure. Be SAFE.....Shoot WELL
    I agree 100%. Having been an engineer (now retired) there is a reason that we would set certain parameters, spec's, you name it, for a manufactured product. I'd like to think that we were right at least some of the time

    My point is, that I'm sure Glock and his fellow designers absolutely do not recommend shooting lead through a polygonal barrel used in the Glock for a good reason. The short answer is excessive leading, but the totality of their reasoning may take an inch thick book to explain.

    I see too many times on Goof Tube, people making it their life's work to prove they can do something contrary to the instructions, guidelines, policies, warnings and recommendations.

    So, I think I'd give Gaston Glock and his fellow engineers the benefit of the doubt when they state DO NOT SHOOT LEAD BULLETS in your Glock. They might know a thing or two more than I do. The goof on goof tube may get away with doing something wrong and potentially dangerous forever. You might have a kaboom in a relatively short time. Bad "accidents" can and do occur in microseconds. To prove Glock wrong, you may lose a hand or cause injuries or even death to yourself or bystanders.

    Aftermarket barrels are available (Lone Wolf) for about a hundred bucks. Wouldn't it be just much more simple to buy one, and shoot lead to your hearts content, without every a worry or concern?

    O.K., I'll get off of my soapbox now.

    Good luck and happy shooting....

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