Reloading for Glock 17 and Springfield XDM

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by smlake, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. smlake

    smlake New Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    Is it safe to reload 9mm cartridges for the Glock 17? I understand is NOT advisable to do so for the Glock pistols in .40S&W and 45 cal. I have read conflicting information regarding reloading cartridges for the Glock 9mm, particularly regarding jacketed bullets. Also, it is safe to reload the Springfield XDM in .40S&W? I just bought an XDM pistol in .40S&W and wish to reload cartridges for it. I am also looking to buy another .40S&W but I only wish to buy a pistol that is safe to shoot reloaded cartridges. I would appreciate any suggested semi- auto pistols to purchase. This pistol would be used for general shooting and not for concealed carry. I would appreciate any advice regarding the Kimber, Browning, Springfield, Beretta, H & K, pistols, etc.
  2. kda

    kda New Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    The prevailing opinion on the GlockTalk forums is that you should not shoot reloads in Glocks. But some do and discount the warnings about problems or voiding the warranty.

    Glock is clear that you should never shoot "lead" unjacketed rounds in your Glock. Glock doesn't use conventional lands and grooves rifling in their weapons because their unique approach gives better accuracy. However that unique approach tends to lead badly if one shoots unjacketed rounds. But ... some do shoot lead rounds and just take extra-ordinary measures to clean the barrel after range sessions.

    I have various Glock pistols and love every one of them, carry one of them for self defense, etc., but if you are determined to reload and especially if you are determined to reload unjacketed lead rounds, then I'd say buy something else.

  3. smlake

    smlake New Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    I appreciate your reply and, from everything I have read, you are correct about the uncoated lead bullets. I only use FMJ round nose bullets in 9mm. What about reloading the .40S&W for the Springfield XDM? Also, any recommendations for a second .40S&W pistol. I appreciate your reply in advance. Thanks, Terry, an NRA member.
  4. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay New Member

    May 26, 2009
    Central CT
    i load 9mm with hard lead at factory & SD velocity's
    out of a glock is no problem for me FWIW.
    i check the bbl every range session (~100 rounds ) for leading. same with the P7.
    leading becomes noticeable around 400+ rounds & the bbl gets scrubbed.
    by noticeable i am referring to the inch in front of the chamber and you have to look careful to see it.
  5. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 New Member

    Aug 23, 2003
    I have shot thousands of reloads thru a Glock 23 and 27. Only plated and jacketed no lead.
    Never had problem.
  6. olehippy

    olehippy New Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    S Tx near San Antonio
    Im not sure regarding XMD’s, but firing some reloaded brass in Glocks is a bit risky. I bolded brass to distinguish it from handloaded ammo.

    One of the beauties of a Glock is its chamber design, often called ‘open’, ‘unsupported’ ect etc. Very simply said, what that means is the portion of their chamber around the loading ramp is slightly oversized to help prevent jamming. Great for combat/defensive situations (and partly why Glocks are one of the most reliable handguns in their class available), but parts of the brass are not fully supported during the combustion process.

    IF (a couple of if’s here) you fire used, therefore already stretched and resized brass, and IF you are firing higher pressure loads with this brass, and IF the Gods are pissed off about something you did a week ago Monday and IF. . . the brass could rupture and damage your weapon (well and possibly your hand, your eyes/face, or the shooter next to you).

    I’m not making light of the IF’s, especially considering the possible consequences. Don’t like that IF word.

    Glock owners such as I that handload their ammo have options if they don’t want to take these risks. One is to use new brass (or some only use once fired brass, more accurate) when they load, another or in combination with is to not load higher pressure loads.

    Of course the other option is to buy an aftermarket barrel for your Glock, you loose a little as far as the reliability (more risk of jam), do have more supported chambers.

    Hope this helps,

  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    When I had my XD(m), the only thing I shot through it was reloads and had no problems.
  8. smlake

    smlake New Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    I really appreciate all comments. Any advice regarding the various brands of pistols since I am interested in buying a 2nd .40 cal pistol?
  9. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    I don't shoot the .40 but shoot the best groups of my life with my CZ 75 SP-01 in 9mm.

    They make a .40 cal version the 75B

    NOT a lightweight handgun of course, but if concealed carry is not the issue, it is a terrific range pistol.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  10. dsv424

    dsv424 New Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    Garland, Tx.
    I have been reloading plated and FMJ for my G20 for over a year now without any problems at all. As far as a recommendation for a .40 S&W I would try the Sig P226. Been reloading this one for a couple of months now and it is a sweet gun.
  11. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    I don't know about XD but I have owned a Glock 17 for two years that has never seen factory ammo. I reload the same for it as my other guns. I don't shoot hot loads.
  12. smlake

    smlake New Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    I really do appreciate all the comments and advice.
  13. rideflhtc

    rideflhtc New Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Hello Terry,

    I spoke with Smith & Wesson about their M&P line of pistols and they assured me that I can shoot lead bullets and it will not void my warranty. They also said they have no problem with reloaded ammunition.................check for yourself, though.

    I also checked with Glock and the Customer Service Rep was very clear that neither lead bullets nor reloaded ammunition are approved and both will void my warranty in a Glock Pistol. Something about Polygonal rifling (none of that is spelled correctly, I am sure) is wound up tighter and will collect lead much faster than traditional.

    I checked CZ and they don't like reloads or lead, Kahr Arms does not like lead either, Glock really does not like discussing I purchased a S&W M&P 9mm and it seems to like everything so far...semi wadcutter(lead), round nose FMJ, Jacketed Hollow Point are all I have tried to this point.

    Good luck.
  14. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 New Member

    Aug 23, 2003
    The best 40 S&W pistol that I have found for me is the Sig P239-40. This pistol just feels so good and fits me perfectly with after market Houge wrap around grip also night sights.
    SA/DA, decocker. Love the way this things handles and shoots.
  15. Jack Ruby

    Jack Ruby New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Has anyone actually had or know of someone that had a problem with FMJ reloads in a Glock at starting load weights?

    Specifically with the G17 or G32 (or for that matter any 9mm or .357 Sig)
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