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reloading the .45 acp

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by plumberfishes, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. plumberfishes

    plumberfishes Gresham oregon Active Member

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    I have loaded alot of rounds for my .38, .357. and my .45.... the differenc being I have cast 90% of my slugs for my .38 myself... now I get my lead for free, so this cut my cost WAY down... and now I am wondering .. can I shoot my hand cast loads out of a .45 auto glock 21.... will it have issues with loading(do glocks ever have issues with loading?) will it lead up the barrell, now I know I need to run a full length sizer on every case.. and I do my best to put the time into my loading.... so I guess what I want to know is will hand cast slugs do well in this type of auto loader, and will it cause malfuntions, and what shape slug mold would be best... standard 230 gn round, or....
    Thanks guys.
    Doug
     
  2. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I believe that you need a different barrel for your Glock to safely shoot lead bullets. It has to do with the type of rifling Glock uses. I'm no Glock expert, but I've recently read something that makes me believe this isn't a good idea.
     
  3. sillyrabbit

    sillyrabbit Salem, Oregon Member

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    Glock says NO lead, however I have, and I know others who have and do shoot lead thru Glocks......... Just NOT continually!
    Run a box... should be fine....... more???? without a Good cleaning of the barrel?..... I would be cautious.
    Boy a Lone Wolf barrel (or facsimile) and go for it with gusto.
     
  4. plumberfishes

    plumberfishes Gresham oregon Active Member

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    ok cool, I had heard glocks don't like reloads, but not the lead... I know my 1911 wouldn't run with lead at all, jacketed were ok , but only round nose, no hollow points at all!
     
  5. pacific keeper

    pacific keeper North Coast New Member

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    I ran a 21 with 200 gr flat points that were brinell 18 and they were fine . Cleanup is easy if you use a copper choreboy cut apart and wrapped around a brush . Wet mop first and then wet brush with the choreboy .
     
  6. plumberfishes

    plumberfishes Gresham oregon Active Member

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    pacific, glock barrell or lonewolf?
    I have been thinking about a lone wolf anyway, as this gun may get a suppressor in the future
     
  7. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    If you're gonna shoot a lot thru your suppressor I'd recommend plated bullets, you'll keep you suppressor cleaner. And stick w/ cleaner burning powders like VV N320 or Titegroup. A 230gr plated RN over 5.2gr of N320 is very clean and quiet, I haven't yet worked up a load for the Titegroup.
     
  8. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    You can shoot cast bullets through these guns, however most of the cast bullets designed to be shot in .45 were designed to be shot in 1911's this is the so-called keith line of bullets, usually they are semi-wadcutters and have a truncated nose shape, they run perfectly in 1911's but seem to barely feed and fire in most other guns we've tried. There are 200gr RN and 200gr RNSWC bullets out there that tend to be a bit more reliable.

    The problem with running CB's in glocks is the glock uses a polygonal barrel, since the lead is so much softer than a jacketed bullet, there is a tendency to strip if using really soft lead. When the bullet strips, it leaves a lot of fouling behind, which can cause some major pressure issues if left unchecked. Not to mention the negative impact on your accuracy.

    Also, for removing lead fouling: white vinegar is your friend
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Also "KROIL". Swab the bore out with some of this "oil" when done at the range and then by the time you get home you'll be amazed how much fouling comes out with the first patch.
     
  10. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Polygonal rifling in Glocks is not great with lead bullets, even hard ones, The Lone Wolf, or other replacement barrels are great. A std 230gr RN with 5.1grs of Reddot or 5 grs of Bullseye will work will and should give you 800-835fps. It will smoke, but that's from the lube, not the powder. good luck
     
  11. Navvet

    Navvet Lynden, WA Active Member

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    There is also a product called something like lead free. It should be in the gun cleaning section. It is not cheap, but it looks like a regular patch. It will pull lots of lead out of the barrel. From what I have heard, lone wolf is way behind on their manufacturing.
     
  12. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    +1 for KROIL! That stuff is awesome .