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I own 5 Glocks, but besides night sights I don't know a lot about after market parts for them. I was wondering if there are any companies that make match grade barrels for Glocks, and if there are, which are the best? Any advice, or input would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Match grade barrels are available. True match fit barrels that require extensive fitting are made by bar sto and KKM. (I am sure there are others too) They also make semi drop ins. These rarely require much fitting if any.
 

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Most shooters i know run Lone Wolf or KKM drop in barrels. I've used both and continue to use Lone Wolf. Folks there are very helpful. If you reload, you can send Lone Wolf some dummy rounds and they will open up the chamber to your reloads.
 

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If you reload, you can send Lone Wolf some dummy rounds and they will open up the chamber to your reloads.
I've found that it's not the chamber that's the problem. When I first got my LWD barrel for my G30 I measured the chamber I.D. and Depth and it was identical to the chamber in my Glock Factory barrel. Where the "problem" is at is in the Throat of the barrel. They need to open up the Throat area to at least .452" for about .050" ahead of the chamber so your bullet has someplace to go in order for the cartridge to headspace properly on the case mouth.
I did this with rouge and felt discs in my Dremel and have had zero problems chambering my handloads ever since.
 

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I put KKM barrels in all my Glocks, drop in type. I shoot a lot of reloads, but that wasn't the reason I bought them. I shot a lot of reloads through OEM barrels with no problems. I just like the stainless look of the barrels, lol. But the added chamber support is a plus for reloads.
 

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Benefit? Cheaper of course! Got myself the Lone Wolf threaded barrel for G19. Costed me $125 and i recently my fav lgs sells Glock 19 threaded barrel for $250+. So far my Lone Wolf works great!
 

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Better all arround,man I must say I like my FTFindustries .40 threaded barrel alot that thing spits .40 S&W so sweet with the compensator on!
 

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Hoopinator said:
What is the benefit of an aftermarket barrel?
Lead bullets can be an issue in polygonal (Glock) rifling. Depending on the hardness of the lead. Lead can build up in the barrel increasing pressures and causing catastrophic failure.
Aftermarket barrels have conventional rifling.
There are some other benefits with aftermarket barrels; supported chamber, tailored to specific round, finish and other mods.
 

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Lucian_253 said:
The KKM barrels claim to be match grade. What does this mean? Better accuracy?
I've noticed "MATCH" barrels on a few production guns lately. Is there an actual difference or a marketing gimmick?
 

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Stock barrels are better,they retain higher chamber pressure due to the octagonal rifling, that is also what seperates a Glock from standard type rifling in other guns. Unless you shoot a lot of soft lead, you are taking a step backward with non Glock barrels or at least octagonal rifled barrels.
 

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Don't really agree with "taking a step back". I'd say 99% of rifles use conventional rifling including sniper rifles. Either rifling will get the job done.
 

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As someone who casts their own bullets and loads their own ammo a standard rifled barrel is a must for me. I really don't see anything negative about them. Oh, sure, I might lose a few feet per second but I can live with that if it allows me to shoot all the lead ammo that I want.
Besides, I don't really think anything I shoot will be able to tell the difference. :D
 

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All I was trying to get across is that octagonal rifling is a step above conventional type rifling whether it be a pistol or a rifle, the reason more guns are not made with them is the high cost to manufacture them. You will see them available soon for high end rifles, AR 15s included. As I stated before standard type rifling is fine if you like it but as soon as they become available for any of my guns, 1911s too they will be upgraded to octagonal rifled barrels. We all hated the Chevy LS motors at first too but they turned out to be more powerful and longer lasting as well. To each, his or her own.
 
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