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Old 03-28-2019, 07:49 PM
Reacher 6 Reacher 6 is offline
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New ammo for old soldier

I have a Belgian Hi Power made in 1963. It was bought in a PX in 1968 and went on an Asian vacation. Ammo was Inglis FMJ and was fairly warm.
Upon return it has lived in my safe and had 115 grain target ammo run through it from time to time, probably
10K over the last 50 years.
I have carried it from time to time with a good hollowpoint,but haven't put more than 100 through it. it still runs perfectly.
I have been looking at Underwood 65 and 90 grain +p, as a carry round. Am I likely to damage the weapon using them?
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:08 PM
Donny Donny is offline
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Reacher, welcome to the forum. Well, yes, you are more likely over time to cause more wear and potential damage with +p over regular rounds. How much and how soon? Who knows? As I recall, Stephen Camp, in his BHP book, does not advise the use +p.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:18 PM
Sistema1927 Sistema1927 is offline
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I would be more concerned about the use of lighter for caliber ammo. You are going to limit penetration. I am not a fan of novel bullet designs. If you are going to use +P, then Federal HST in either 124 or 147 would be good choices. However, standard pressure 115-147 ammo should be good to go in your HP.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:38 PM
BBBBill BBBBill is offline
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Modern 9mm hollow point ammo is much more effective than the old hollow points or ball. No need for exotics. Just buy some quality standard pressure Hornady, etc and be well protected.
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Old 03-30-2019, 04:46 AM
mlg mlg is offline
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Federal 115 JHP has had a good track record for years and I would recommend regular replacement of your recoil springs. You can by from Browning for about $3.00 a piece.
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Old 03-30-2019, 08:34 AM
Rob S Rob S is offline
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Check your feed ramp--the earlier Hi Powers such as yours (and the FEG's) had a "hump" in the ramp that didn't affect feeding of FMJ rounds but might adversely affect hollow points. I have two of these Hi Powers (although one has had the "hump" removed when customized) and a FEG. Using Remington Golden Saber/147 grain JHP, I have had no problems with feeding and reliability.
Stephen Camp was the Hi Power guru a few years ago until his untimely and premature death. However, the information in his book and at his website is still excellent today: IMO, this is a must read for all Hi Power shooters.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:00 AM
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As noted above...modern hollow point and self-defense ammo is a whole lot better than it once was. Don't get overly clever. Skip the +p and just use one of the better hollow point ammos available on the market today.
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:15 PM
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What I found to be a good Hollow Point in my 1981 BHP is Remington 115 grain JHP (R9MM1) It feeds 100% and gets the job done.
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:28 PM
Railguy2342 Railguy2342 is online now
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I have settled on 124 grain Gold Dot (not+P) in all my 9mm pistols and it feeds well in both my Hi-Powers.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:25 PM
Warthogge Warthogge is offline
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If you want to shoot +P ammo in your hipower, I suggest you use a recoil buffer.
Best Regards,
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