Replacing my OEM Glock 17 Barrel with a Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf Drop In Barrel for Glock 17 - 1

Earlier this year I was in a bit of a bind. Communication with my USPSA Sponsor broke down and I knew that if I didn’t scramble to find another, I wouldn’t be able to shoot much throughout the season.

I reached out to Jerry Cruz, my Stogie Review Partner, and pitched the idea wearing the Stogie Review Logo at matches in exchange for a little help with reloading. Things worked out and I’m in the process of setting myself up with a Dillion Square Deal B setup for 9mm.

Before I could begin putting reloaded ammunition through my Production Division Glock 17, I needed to swap out the barrel. The OEM Glock Barrel is rifled in such a way that lead bullets could pose a problem (leaving lead deposits in the barrel).

I had a little trouble actually tracking down a barrel. Lone Wolf barrels were out of stock in most places (the first place I turned was When The Balloon Goes Up) but was finally able to get one through Midway USA.

Due to the weather here in PA, I was unable to get out and test the new barrel. It got a trial by fire at the Ontelaunee USPSA Match last weekend. I’m happy to report that there were no issues whatsoever.

Now that my Glock 17 is ready to shoot reloaded ammunition, I’ve began the process of getting setup here at home. I have an appointment scheduled to pick up an old refrigerator (it was probably the Cadillac of fridges back in the 1960’s).

I had a cabinet delivered today (we are remodeling our showroom at work and one of the old cabinets was just begging to come home with me). Once the refrigerator is picked up, I can set the cabinet.

The only thing left to do at this point is to either order a Dillion Square Deal B or find a local shop where I can go and purchase one.

5 comments On Replacing my OEM Glock 17 Barrel with a Lone Wolf

  • Question how does a new barrel fix the problem. I’m not sure why the Glock Barrel would catch Lead Deposits but the new one wont? Is the rifling different?

  • If you have your heart set on a SDB press, is recommend trying to find a used one: there are plenty of people who buy them only to later step up to a 550 or 650.

    If you want to just skip over Dillion’s BS press, swing by KSS in KOP and see if they’re still doing that package deal on the 550 press.

    • Thanks for the recommendation.

      I’m not set on the Square Deal, it just seemed more practical (I’ll only be loading 9mm for the time being). King Shooter Supply is a bit of a hike for me so I’m not sure if/when I’ll get down there to see what they have.

  • I ordered my 550b press from brian enos he recommends the 550b for first time users over the square deal b, unless you had previously used a friends and liked it (http://www.brianenos.com/store/dillon.sqdeal.html). Some of the issues enos listed about the square deal was also listed in this forum (http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=189424). Little over a thousand rounds into using my 550b and due to me picking up a lot of dirty range brass I have had to take off a part here and there to clean (outdoor range brass is ruff where I am from) so it not being autoindexing probably made maintenance a bit easier. I only am able to load around 200 rounds per session which is usually 1hour and 30mins, but I am anal about marking each case with a sharpie when I manually visually check for powder. So when I case guage and box each round if I don’t see a sharpie mark I put that in my might be a squib box for when doing slow marksmanship stuff in pratice. I only shoot 9mm and that is for 2 matches a month and whatever other range time I can squeeze in an extra 200 – 400 rounds.

    At the same time two of the guys on the powerfactor show use squaredeals with no problems.

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