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Magazine Woes

Discussion in 'The Browning Hi Power Club' started by elgoatropo, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. elgoatropo


    May 19, 2001
    Kenai, AK, U.S.
    I carried my hi-power today for the first time in a while. I dropped a spare mag in my coat pocket. It was a nickel-plated South African 17 rounder with 15 nickel-plated Golden Sabers in it. I got a little snow in my pocket, and later, when I pushed down on the top round, the ammo did not pop back up.

    It looks like there may be a little galling going on. Is there a problem with nickel-on-nickel? Is it unrealistic to expect a mag to work after it has been stowed in a coat pocket instead of a mag pouch? I have blued factory 13 round mec-gars which seem to be more forgiving of real-world conditions.

    Every day that goes by, I am closer to becoming a revolver guy.
  2. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    Use "Browning" or Mec-Gar mags, save everything else for range time or clearance drills.

  3. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    I agree with El_Ron1.

    I don't understand why so many guys will spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a gun and then carry it with cheap mags, cheap ammo, a cheap holster, or any combination thereof.
  4. elgoatropo


    May 19, 2001
    Kenai, AK, U.S.
    My primary mags are Browning mags. I bought the S.African mags because they came highly recommended by many on Steven Camp's forum. I don't think they were any cheaper than OEM mags.

    That said, these mags are going from reloads to range use.

    My P_35 is mostly a house gun. The one that goes outside the wire daily is a modded P-64 with a 22/45 in the glove box.

    The Hi-power is just too big and heavy for every day, and too nice to leave in the car.
  5. Lester R. Britton

    Lester R. Britton

    Nov 1, 2009
    I priced some new 13 round mags from Hi Power today and they said they would cost $69.00!!!!! Is that normal? I just bought my Hi Power and had no idea that mags would cost that much. Is there any other place I can go to get good Hi Power or equivilant mags at a reasonalbe price? Thanks.
  6. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Sapere aude

    Oct 20, 2004
    Republic of Alabama, by MecGar (they actually make the "browning" mags) less than half the price
  7. the perfesser

    the perfesser

    Jun 24, 2007
    CDNN and Cope's Distributing also usually carry Mec-Gar HP mags for much less.
  8. Lester R. Britton

    Lester R. Britton

    Nov 1, 2009
    thank you. Have a great and happy new year.
  9. Brian Dover

    Brian Dover

    Jul 31, 2002
    SW Ohio
    As mentioned already, the MSRP on the mags in Browning-marked packaging has gotten pretty carried away. The 13 rd. 9mm seem to be at least $60 now and the 10 round .40 S&W version is maybe $5 less. I switched over to the MecGar "generics" as well.

    Btw my experience with the KRD mags has been spotty. My nickel-finish 17 rounders have been 100% reliable. Good strong springs, they go in and out of the gun without difficulty, and are smooth to fill to capacity.

    My older blued/black ones share very little of these positive attributes.

    Don't think I'd bother with more KRD's, only reason I have the nickel ones is that they came with a recently purchased used BHP.
  10. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

    Sep 15, 2004
    Gator Nation
    +1 on the Mec-Gar mags. I have a dozen of 'em, and they're all I use in my HPs.

    Work of caution, though....the corners of the baseplates on those suckers are SHARP!
  11. isuzu


    Jul 3, 2005
    North America
    I had problems with nickel-plated Mec Gar mags on my 1911. They cracked on the rear of the feed lips. Never had issues with blued Mec Gar mags. The mags on my former MK III were a mixture of the factory Browning mags, FEG mags (which were well-made), and blued Mec Gars.
  12. elgoatropo


    May 19, 2001
    Kenai, AK, U.S.
    I find that the nickel KRD works well enough with brass cased ammo, but the Golden Sabers and Hydrashoks had their nickel etched by the KRD mag, like they had been roughed up with 400 grit sandpaper, resulting in no-feed. The same roughed-up nickel ammo slides fine in my blued Mec-gars. Live and learn.