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fn hi power .40 s&w question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by martinbr, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. martinbr

    martinbr member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I am trading my ruger p345 for a ruger p89 and a p95, plus 3500 rounds of Wolf 230 gr .45 ammo. I am going to turn around and sell the ammo. I think I have it already sold. I won't shoot this ammo in any of my guns.

    I am going down to my dealer and pick up another p345. Well maybe. They also have a really nice Fn Hi Power .40 that has been shot one time at the range for $425.00.

    I can get the p345 for a little bit more. Now honestly, which one is the better of the two?

    I know I would be giving up a little bit of power with a .40, but how much power are you giving up. I am talking about stopping power. If I had some 260 crazed drug addict barging thru my door, would the .40 be enough or should I go back with the .45? The only thing I don't like about both of these pistols is that they both have mag-disconnects. But that's life. You can't have everything...

    What do you guys think? Don't get me wrong. I am a die hard ruger fan but am always open to other pistols as well.
  2. Chuck Perry

    Chuck Perry Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    So far as 40 vs 45, with the proper loads they are comparable manstoppers. I would feel well armed with either. Your two pistol choices are apple and oranges to one another. The 345 is an 8 round single stack DA/SA, the Hi Power a 10 round double stack single action. Are you comfortable carrying the Hi Power cocked and locked? The Hi Power's magazine disconnect can be removed easily, if that is a serious problem for you. $425 may be a little high for a used Hi Power. You can find them new for $400.
  3. mbott

    mbott Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Central, OH
    I believe one thing that the Hi Power has over the Ruger is how it fits in ones hand. The one thing that keeps bringing me back to the Hi Power is how it feels like a natural fit. Bit of a nicer trigger, too ... at least on mine. And it even still has the mag disconnect installed. I believe the previous owner had some work done on the trigger before he/she sold it. :)

  4. bobaloo

    bobaloo New Member

    Dec 22, 2005
    My carry gun is a .40 Hipower, I feel very secure with it.

    First, it fits my hand better than any other gun I've held, and as a result I can shoot it better than any other gun I've held.

    Second, I'm shooting 180 grain hollowpoints at about 1050 feet per second, or 155's at 1200, that's a pretty good wallop.

    Third, I have the SFS system on mine, which I love although I know some folks don't like. The Hipower doesn't have the grip safety of a 1911, so I feel more comfortable carrying with the SFS system.

    Fourth, I've put 5,000 rounds through it in the last few months without a single FTE, FTF or FTAnything. It just always goes bang.

    Finally, the thin profile of the gun, like a 1911 but even more so, makes it very easy and comfortable to carry. 11 rounds of good .40 is a pretty good load unless you're reall in the deep doodoo.
  5. Moonclip

    Moonclip Senior Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    First off, you did very well on that deal. The ammo alone even if you valued it low at $100 per 1000 made it especially so. Of the guns listed I'd rather have the FN as I dont like the internal lock of the P345 and you already have 2 Rugers! The P345 sems very ergonomic though. The price of the FN is ok but not a steal. I lkie my Browning HI Power in 40S&W due to reliability but the acuracy is not that great.

    Maybe look for a better deal on some other handgun or since you like Rugers see if you can locate a P97 or P90 since you already have guns in 9x19 that are similar and you may like the 45acp ones as well.

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