What Ammo for Your Hi-Point

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With Hi-Point firearms being world class in terms of affordability and obtainability, you want to (excuse the pun) get the most bang for your buck. With that being said, many Hi-Point owners ask what the best type of ammunition is for their guns? Here at Hi-Point Forums, we are looking at this

Loads that seem to work fine

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Hi-Point carbines such as the 995, 4095, and 4595 tend to be almost jam proof with just about every sort of modern factory ammunition. Full-metal jacketed rounds loaded to standard pressure feed the best, whereas sometimes hollow points have a feed issue. When this occasional feed issue is found, a little fine-tuning of the magazine feed lips can usually get the problem under control. Aluminum cased CCI Blazer, and steel cased Wolf/Tula imported rounds sometimes deform on extraction but that really isn't that much of an issue as these cases aren't typically valuable to reloaders anyway.

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C9 likes most FMJ rounds like Federal, UMC yellow box, Remington Green box, Wolf, Winchester white box, Magtech, or Independence. For high power stuff, Federal and CCI JHPs work more often than not.

Problem children

In the 9mm C9 pistol, heavier loads such as 147grain seem to give some people problems extracting. Snappier light loads such as 115-gain, and mid-size loads like 124s cycle more reliably. Some Hi-Point pistols such as the C9 have long had documented issues with feeding various hollow points and exotic rounds (such as plastic-tipped snake shot) reliably. Stay away from unjacketed cast bullets in your C9 due to fouling issues.

What the factory recommends

As a rule in standard testing at the factory, MKS/Hi-Point uses steel cased Wolf ammunition, one of the best deals on the market for function firing.

From the MKS factory YouTube Channel: This video is in response to the question we receive all the time about what ammo can be used in Hi-Point Firearms. Hi-Point firearms are tested at the factory with steel cased ammo; some shooters do not like steel ammo and feel that it is harder on the firearm. With Hi-Point this is not the case, any brand of ammo will work in your Hi-Point.

Closing thoughts

Here comes the bad news: any Hi-Point can jam with any ammunition you buy, but so can any other firearm. I once bought a new-in-the-box Kimber that had to be sent back to the factory three times before it fed anything reliably-- and it's still picky. In my 'day job' as a firearms trainer in the force protection industry I have seen brand new SIGs and Glocks come out of the box and bind right on up on the first magazine. It happens. Even with modern CNC manufacturing techniques and quality control, a firearm is still dozens of parts that all have to be exactly to spec and assembled perfectly or you will have a problem. With 300-million firearms in circulation out there, even 'one in a million' type of oddball problems happen 300 times by that logic.
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It's very possible to buy five C9's and have 3 of them shoot Wolf 9mm just fine and jam on every Winchester round they try-- but the 4th pistol will gobble the Winchester like gum drops and jam on Wolf. What about the 5th pistol? Well, it's like Mikey, he'll eat anything.
Find out what your gun likes and stick to it. And may every one of your guns be a Mikey.

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January 23, 2013  •  11:20 AM
I have a Hi POINT .45 and the only time it has acted up is when my 16 yr. old grand son weak wrist-ed it. It has been one tough piece of fire power. I bought one and when I can I will buy a second....Hope to one day get my hands on a .45 carbine too....
January 30, 2013  •  08:48 PM
my .45 hates the WWB.
February 3, 2013  •  08:20 PM
After 300-400 of 9mm S&B in my 995 I now shoot the 9mm steel case, FMJ, Russian WPA. I have NEVER had a problem.
March 1, 2013  •  03:31 AM
My 4595 has fired everything I put into it no problem. The mag tech 230 grain JHP coming out of that beast has made many of my friends HI Point believers. They knocked it til they tried it.
March 3, 2013  •  09:54 PM
Does the hi point 9mm have any other flaws besides the clips that are a easy fix and mine needs remington umc 9mm fmj. other than those problems I love mine
February 12, 2014  •  07:46 PM
I have three c9 HiPoint and a new carbine in 9mm. I shoot everything in my stash and don't even look at the box. Nothing stops my HiPoint. By the way I bought two c9 with sequential serial numbers. Just happens sometimes. Wouldn't take what I paid for those two. Never fired either of them. That makes five total plus the carbine.
December 7, 2015  •  01:02 PM
I reload for everything I own. I just purchased a 4595TS. Any one else reload for this carbine?