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06-20-2010, 20:23
I carry a g23C most of the time. I am looking to replace the ported barrel with a non-ported barrel. I would prefer to replace the barrel with a Lone Wolf one, mostly because of the added accuracy claim and the cheaper price than stock GLOCK barrels (at least that I've ever found).

However, I was shooting a match a few weekends ago and saw a guy have some problems with his Glock with a LW barrel. His rounds were not going completely into the chamber. After doing some research online I see that LW makes their barrels slightly tighter than stock glock barrels. Now I'm pretty sure this guy was shooting reloads and the problems were because of that.

So, have you heard anyone having problems with LW replacement barrels and self-defense rounds? Or factory rounds?

06-21-2010, 21:47
If a factory round drops into the LWD chamber and your reload does not.... You have a reloading problem, not a "tight chamber problem"

When we receive an email regarding "tight chamber problem", here is our standard reply:

I suspect you have a reloading problem. This is easy to verify. Remove the barrel from the slide. Drop a factory round into the chamber. If the factory round fits slightly lower than the top of the barrel hood you are looking good to go. If the factory round does not sit slightly below the top of the barrel hood you will need to return the barrel to LWD and we will fix it right away.

The problem is most likely caused by an expanded or swelled case head that has not been fully resized. Ammunition that is fired from an original Glock factory barrel produces (very) expanded case heads. This expansion occurs because of the large chamber used in Glock factory barrels. Many reloaders think they are full length resizing their brass but this simply is not true. The sizer die has a beveled area located at the entrance of the die mouth. This beveled area helps guide the straight walled cartridge into the die. The case rim is held with a shell holder. The area of the cartridge that is between this beveled area and the shell holder never gets resized completely.

If you drop your reload into a LWD barrel and the case head (rim) sits above the barrel hood this is a good indication your brass is bulged and not resized correctly. Here is 2 ways to fix this problem:

1 Run your loads through a case gauge before shooting. Many reloaders currently use Dillon or Midway stainless case gauges however these manufactures are known to have liberal tolerances. If your Dillon or Midway case gauge works with the LWD chamber you are good to go. If not, we recommend you use the EGW case gauge. The EGW is known to run tighter tolerances. Once the reload is fired from the LWD barrel you should not have a feed problem again.

2 You can return your barrel to Lone Wolf and include 4 or 5 dummy rounds of your reloads (no powder or primer) and we will open up the chamber to accommodate your loaded round.

*If you are reloading 40 S&W or 10mm we recommend you use the Redding GRX push through die to remove 100% of the case budge.


06-21-2010, 22:27
Thanks for the help. Ill be ordering a LW for my g23 as soon as I have a few extra funds on hand then.
Ill make sure to check my reloads im shooting through a g35 in it, and might just have to get one for that gun too. I never have problems with the cases in a dillon case gauge...so we'll see.