Taurus Millienium Pro 145


May 21, 2008, 01:35 AM
I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on good inexpensive ammunition for range shooting for my new Taurus 145.

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Old Dog
May 21, 2008, 03:12 AM
If you've got a Wal-Mart nearby, the best deal on .45 ACP in 230 grain FMJs is either the 100-round value packs of Winchester "white box" or the 50-round boxes of Blazer Brass. Either brand will run you about 15 bucks per 50 rounds.

May 21, 2008, 10:47 AM
Old Dog...I must recommend against that "white box" brand for practice. At least my PT145 is very sensitive to the hard primers on Wichester and I have to double strike some rounds in order to fire. Blazer Brass is better. I also recommend grains below 230 for the compact frame small barrel model.

OBTW...for carry ammo, I recommend the 160 grain Corbon DPX designed specifically for the compact frame/short barrel .45 ACP:


Old Dog
May 21, 2008, 04:01 PM
DawgFvr, you are correct -- I've used much WWB in some of my 1911s, and had forgotten that I had a box of the stuff that produced several failures to fire in both the family's PT-145s (hence, quickly deduced the hard primer issue) ... And I agree, the Blazer Brass is better (as well as a buck or two cheaper per 100 rounds than WWB at my local Wal-Mart) as far as reliabliity.

May 21, 2008, 05:29 PM
Yup, WWB or Blazer Brass. I've had zero problems with WWB.

I have one as my car gun and for that I use Pow'RBalls.

May 21, 2008, 08:25 PM
IMHO if a gun fails to ignite any commercial factory ammo its defective and needs to be fixed!


May 22, 2008, 10:18 AM
The cheapest I've found was Monarch, which I believe is the Academy brand of outdoor stuff, for a little over $13/box, but it's not always in stock, go figure. I've also had a couple of hard primers with this stuff though, so for the dollar or two more CCI or WWB will do well. Also sometimes Federal's American Eagle brand is pretty cheap. I haven't had anything light-strike in well over a year (the few I had were in the first two hundred rounds with this gun). WWB is going to be the most consistently available & priced practice ammo you can find, IME.

May 22, 2008, 10:37 AM
Hmmm, with that kind of rationale, one would pave the surface of the earth with leather rather than wear leather shoes. I disagree with you wally; it is poorly designed/cheap ammo that needs to be avoided...just because it's commercial ammo doesn't really mean squat now does it?

One just has to be smarter than the machine one works with...and you adjust to every situation. That, my friend is the story of life.

May 22, 2008, 09:22 PM
If the SHTF and Winchester white box is all you can get, you'll be sorry!

Any gun of mine that doesn't reliably fire non-surplus ammo goes back for repair! Do what you will with yours.


May 22, 2008, 09:41 PM
my pt145 has done fine with the WWB. At its price, it may be worth a try before you dismiss it.

July 4, 2008, 02:05 PM
Just bought a new Pro PT145. Ran down to the range to try it out. One of my boys noticed the strike on the shot casings looked different. I have a 9mm that we shoot all of the time (MFG with held to avoid ridicule) and he saw the different pin strikes looked different.
Does this mean there is some problem?

July 4, 2008, 03:14 PM

My interpretation of your photo is nothing to worry about it, as long as the function is reliable. Looks like a "drag mark" created during ejection because the stryker or firing pin has not yet retracted.

On a 1911 when you see this it usually means the firing pin spring should be replaced.


July 4, 2008, 03:17 PM
That's par for the course with a striker fired gun. My own PT145 does the same thing. So does my Glock 21 and 30, just not quite so deep an indentation with those last 2. I wouldn't worry about it as long as the gun functions well.

As far as the OP's question about inexpensive ammo, can't recommend anything other than PMC, WWB, or UMC - whichever functions best in your particular pistol. They should be priced about the same. Now, if you reload................

July 4, 2008, 08:33 PM
If the SHTF and Winchester white box is all you can get, you'll be sorry!

wally...wally...wally. Please do not use the chicken little defese, i.e., "the sky is falling...the sky is falling", defending cheap, hard primered, ammo and throwing out the perfectly good pistol with the bathwater...eh?

If, "the SHTF", I guess I would be sorry...wont we all? Of course, my last minutes will be defending me and mine with a rifle...not my .45 ACP plinker. We are, after all, a nation of riflemen. Oh...and I don't use cheap wally world ammo in my M1 either.


July 5, 2008, 03:57 PM
For what it's worth, I have two pt145s (2nd and 3rd generation) that have gone through thousands of rounds of WWB with no issues.

July 5, 2008, 05:07 PM
Nice M1!

July 5, 2008, 05:34 PM
My PT-145 had all kinds of problems with WWB, but was 100% reliable and scary accurate with Silvertips...Go figure.

July 6, 2008, 01:28 AM
I have had zero failures with inexpensive but surprisingly high quality Aguilla ammo in my 3rd generation PT-145.

July 6, 2008, 02:50 PM
I've had the same experience with my second generation PT145 as you, matheath. And I agree with you that "it may be worth a try before you dismiss it".

July 6, 2008, 03:08 PM
I use a Lee Classic Turret Press to load 45's for my PT-145 and Sig Sauer P220 Compact. I can buy the "fixin's" at a cost of $6.00 per 50 round box. (I pick up the used brass.) Using $15 as a low to ballpark price for decent 45ACP ammo, it will take me about 75boxes to pay for the loader and all the goodies that go with it, the tumbler the bench and the flourescent light. That's 19 trips to the range. So, now I have 2 hobbies!

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