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Old 09-07-2014, 22:02   #1
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Powder Coated bullets in a Glock

Has anyone here reloaded and tested any powder coated bullets in a standard Glock barrel? It appears that powder coating would make bullets acceptable to shoot in Glocks.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:46   #2
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I have shot them in a stock G19, G17 and G21, all gen4's.
But I have also shot stock Glocks in 10mm, 9mm and 45 auto with lead, plated and jacketed bullets and had no problems.
In fact I have found Glocks to be very accurate with reasonably loaded lead semi wad cutters.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:25   #3
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Same as DWARREN; I PC my own and shoot through factory barrels -no problem.

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Old 09-08-2014, 06:43   #4
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I bought a sample pack of the 200gr. Blue bullets. They shot okay but I had the coating flying around when the bullet left the barrel. I like the Bayou bullets a lot better.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:41   #5
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Most people just paint them with a epoxy paint. I shot about 15 through my g34. They shot fine for that short test. I didn't load them. They were a gift someone handed us.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:48   #6
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I have shot over a thousand bayou bullets through my glock and very pleased with the results.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:00   #7
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I've run 250 of the blue bullets (9mm, 125gr, RN) through my stock G17 without a problem. Didn't have any leading or fouling other than normal powder residue (using power pistol; approx. 1,040 fps).

When the wind was blowing back my way a bit of an odor but nothing bad. For the price I'm going to be switching over as soon as my stock of FMJ's runs out.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:04   #8
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I started loading coated bullets a while ago, mainly 200gr LSWC for 45 Auto and 175gr LSWC for 40 and 10.

I only have about 4500 down the pipe so the jury is still out, but I have a few reservations that may put me back to plain lead with my next order for these style of bullets.

While the coating seems to eliminate any light leading that I may have seen, I think cleaning takes about the same amount of time as my lead loads took. The carbon buildup from what I assume is burned paint, seems to take as much time as getting any lead out I may have encountered in my previous lead loads.

In addition, I have felt I am not getting quite the same accuracy I got from plain lead with bullets from the same supplier. This one may just be in my head as I have not done any serious disciplined testing, just an anecdotal impression.

In the end, they work pretty well, but probably not any better than plain lead, at least in the caliber and weights I have tried. YMMV
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:26   #9
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To me, accuracy is about the same and cleaning is about the same. The big advantage to me is no smoke from the lube.

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Old 09-08-2014, 13:31   #10
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Tried them in a few calibers in about five different gun types.
Not enough benefit to switch from traditional lead lubed bullets even in my Glocks. SJ 40
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Old 09-08-2014, 13:50   #11
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Shooting lead bullets does not make too much difference unless you shoot competition and get on a range with no breeze and canít see the target for all of the smoke. But just everyday punching holes in a target that does not make any difference.
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Old 09-08-2014, 19:19   #12
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I am liking the coated/grooveless SNS 230gr 45 and 125 gr 9. I think they shoot just fine at the medium velocities I load. Being fairly new to handloading, guess I have been skeered to try bare lead in my Glocks. I don't look for the cheapest bullets. I'd rather pay an extra penny or so per bullet and have something that consistently works from a respected bullet maker. If I am showing reasonable savings over factory and the rounds shoot well, I am good.

Plus I like the gold color from SNS.
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Old 09-09-2014, 13:20   #13
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It looks like a pretty consistent theme here. I too have loaded and shot thousands of coated lead bullets (BB and BBI) through stock Glock barrels in 9 and 45 acp. I've never had an issue of any kind. I never tried them in 40 S&W though.
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:08   #14
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All I shoot (at the range)out of my stock 17, 22, 23, 27, and 30SF is SNS coated bullets. Switched over to them about a year ago.
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Old 09-11-2014, 13:06   #15
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I use bayou bullets, work great.
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Old 09-11-2014, 22:03   #16
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Coated bullets

Thanks for the responses, guys. I've shot regular lead in my first G21 back in the early '90's before we knew better. I never had a problem, but I clean my guns after every use. I recently started reading on the powder coated and epoxy paint coatings. I have tried several different methods of powder coating so far with 230 gr. LHP rounds I molded. So far, the liquid slurry of powder and acetone seems to get the best results in loading. I haven' shot any yet. I intend to try the epoxy pain also, but I'm pretty impressed with the Hi-Tek coatings like those used by Bayou Bullets. I'll be ordering some of that product, as well.
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Most Glocks need hard cast to work right with lead but I have found my G21 works with swaged bullets pretty well.
I especially like LSWC bullets, seem more accurate to me and make such nice round holes.
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Old 09-13-2014, 04:25   #18
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Yep, shot a ton of hitek coated projectiles thru my glocks. 26,21,42.
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Old 09-15-2014, 21:07   #19
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Cool, I didn't have to hit the search to find a post about PC for Glocking! I have used PC (the shake and bake technique) for my 1911 in 200 gr SWC .452 lead. 950ish FPS per Gamma Chrony and no leading. I've cast some 124 gr Lee 9mm. Once I get a sizer for the 9, I will do some PC for my G34.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:23   #20
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A lot of guys at my local IDPA shoots use the Bayou Bullets in their Glocks and love them.
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