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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-11-2018, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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browning hi power

Hi, does anyone have one of these? I just bought one and have been told they don't like Plus P loads only the standard loads. Is there anything I need to know about these pistols?
I haven't shot it yet but really feels good in my hand and points great.
any info would be great.
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I have a Satin Chrome 9mm. Factory adjustable sights, purty gold trigger and Pachmayr Signature grips........ Slickest operating SA pistol ever devised, IMO.

Never heard of the +P ammo being a no-no. Never ran any of it through mine. So I can't help you there.

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They're a fine pistol. I've never heard anything about the +P ammo. I wouldn't make a habit of shooting much +P through ANY gun.
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Found this elsewhere:

This discussion comes up frequently in the Forum, and as such makes an appropriate topic here. +P and +P+ ammunition, though not recommended for use in Hi Power by Browning, has been used in small quantities without adverse affect, and in larger quantities to properly prepped guns without issue.

"Browning...... forwarded a copy of an internal test report in which it fired 5000 rounds of Remington +P+ 9mm ammunition in a Browning Hi Power pistol. "Inspection of the Hi Power system reveled no unnatural wear to the locking surfaces or any other area. Headspace was checked and found to be acceptable." The conclusion: "...the 9mm Hi Power system appears to be durable enough to withstand long-term shooting of the new ammunition from Remington."

Please note that extended or steady use of +P and +P+ ammunition will accelerate wear in modern Hi Powers, as it does in nearly every other handgun. The use of extra power recoil springs (such as a Wolf 18.5lb variant for 9mm) or recoil buffers such as those from Shok-buff can counter this pounding, and add service life to those pistols using the higher pressure ammo. Use of +P and +P+ ammo should be avoided altogether in older Hi Powers however, particularly early WWII specimens. I myself restrict usage of +P ammo to my newer MKIII variants only."

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Thanks for the reply, this one is an older Belgium made blued, adjustable sights, from the early 70's. Price was right, owner couldn't find the mag so I have to pick one up.
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I have a Browning Hi Power Practical(Belgium made) 9mm I bought new in 1993. Likely shot over 5,000 rounds through it including +P. Still functions as new and never had a hiccup in over 25 years. Great choice....IMO you got yourself the best SA there is!! Best of luck!!

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I've always said that John Browning fixed all his mistakes on the 1911 with the Hi-Power.

I've got two, the 9mm and 40smith. Both newer production, 9mm was brand new like 15ish years ago. I've never tried the +P stuff, but I did find out that they beefed up the springs at some point. That was why I couldn't cycle lower power target stuff. I became a master at removing those dang hammer springs. One of these days I'm going to do a full work up on both, if I ever work through my backlog of projects.

Oh, and pony up for the factory mags. I've had nothing but problems with mine with the couple aftermarket mags I've tried. I don't think they use a heavy enough spring. Of course I didn't try them after I changed out the springs. I just pay for factory mags and don't worry.

Even without a mag, if you got it for less than $8-900 i'd say you're doing good. I watched one sell at an auction last spring for close to a grand, nothing special. Although, I am kinda envious of my buddy. He picked up a wartime Hi-Power that has Nazi eagle/swastika markings on it with one of the tangent German rear sights. The things we find when I don't have enough money.

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The Hi Power is used by many armies including many NATO members. NATO 9mm ammo is hot probably as hot as any commercial 9mm +P.

I put everything through mine including some Israeli 9mm that was loaded for use in the Uzi. I never had an issue or a concern.
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One of my purdiest toys!!


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That is pretty!!
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