Ruger P345


November 15, 2012, 08:40 PM
The Ruger P345,whats the overall opinion of those who have shot it?

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November 15, 2012, 09:03 PM
I love mine
It fits my hand, shoots where it looks and has eaten everything I feed it, even some 20 year old reloads

November 15, 2012, 09:05 PM
Mine shot very well and recoil wasn't much of an issue. IMO, it's due to the excellent locking system used in the P-345. Very much comparable to the H&K recoil reduction system used in USP pistols. I shot a good number of +P loads as well and didn't find them uncomfortable. The P-345 is an excellent value for a DA/SA .45 ACP pistol. I only lost mine due to a trade for a CZ-75B in .40 S&W which my shooting partner and I decided to consolidate to, but never carried out. My main defense pistol for home and auto is now an excellent SA XDm in .45 ACP but I wouldn't have any problem owning another P-345 and I definitely have no qualms about recommending it to others. ;)

November 15, 2012, 09:06 PM
I personally could never warm up to them, despite my well known love of Ruger products. The few that I have shot functioned well, and the owners of those pistols seem to like them fine. One of those was an early model with lots of miles on it and if the owner is to be believed, it has run flawlessly.

November 15, 2012, 09:09 PM
I despised the trigger, but it hit right where I aimed it. Wish I hadn't sold it. It was the original without the rail.

November 15, 2012, 09:39 PM
There is a very easy to do cure for the poor triggers in P series pistol. They are easy to disassemble and what I've done to mine is to polish all of the parts where metal contacts metal and on the trigger bar where it contacts the frame. Probably not as much an issue with the trigger bar in the polymer frame. With a good polishing job the SA will be better as well as the much improved DA pull. Just be careful to stay away from overpolishing the sear and hammer engagement surfaces as well as the hammer engagement part of the trigger bar. If Ruger did all of this you'd be paying a good bit more for the pistol. ;)

November 15, 2012, 10:44 PM
Ive been shooting one belonging to my neighbor. We're back at 35yds on a bench using 230 gr LSWC's 5.1 gr's of Unique, cci300 primers, moderate taper crimp. The loads over my chrony are showing an avg vel of 780 a SD of 8.12 (4 subs of 8) so the loads are consistent, just not grouping very well.

With the rear sight centered the initial poi was way left and the sight had to be be moved almost 1/8" to get centered. Elevation no issue.

The sights are hard to look at with what seems like too wide a front blade and too big a white dot same with the rear but its too narrow. Hard to get a crisp line.

The SA trigger is rough with what seems like a country mile of creep, I smoothed it a little by dry firing forcing the hammer forward a half dozen times with my thumb while pulling the trigger. It did help.

I'd say the jury is out on this one. Chambers well just hate those sights and Im sure from your feed back there is hope for the trigger.

I get far better results with my 1911's off the bench at the same distance but I would expect to.

I dont see changing the loads trying both 5.4 and 5.0 grains and the grouping was about the same. By groups Im saying 8" but I think with some improvement in the sight picture I could cut that in half. Maybe.

We'll see, thanks for the straight feedback.

November 16, 2012, 06:39 AM
I had one for a while and liked a lot about it. The magazine disconnect is a concern. With most guns with this feature if the magazine is not in the gun it won't fire. With the Ruger the hammer will drop without the magazine but a firing pin block will prevent the gun from firing. It will also damage the firing pin block. Ruger advises not to dry fire the gun unless the magazine is in the gun.

If you dry fire with no magazine in the gun the damage will prevent the gun from firing at all. It takes very few dry fires and you have a useless gun that has to be sent back to the factroy.

Ruger wasn't even aware of this issue with the 1st guns made and had a lot returned, including mine. When mine came back it came with the revised owners manual warning not to do this.

While there is a lot to like for the money I decided that I couldn't trust a gun for SD that could be damaged so easily. The block can be taken out, but I chose to sell mine and go in another direction.

November 16, 2012, 06:52 AM
35 yards will make most handguns look bad.

Double Vision
November 16, 2012, 08:51 AM
I personally could never warm up to them, despite my well known love of Ruger products.

Same here.
That being said, it is very comfortable in my hand. My 1911s beat my hand up (basal arthritis) but the P345 does not. It also shoots well. I'm just not in love with it like I am with some other guns.

November 16, 2012, 06:14 PM
I had one and it was very accurate but would choke on my reloads. I did have a click-no-bang once too. I got rid of it when the slide stop started popping loose when I would release the slide by pulling the slide back on a loaded magazine. I didn't want a gun that fell apart every time I used it. I traded it off for a P90 two-tone to match a P89 two-tone I bought several months after picking up the P345. The P90 wasn't any better with my reloads and wasn't nearly as accurate so I have since traded the P89 and P90 for Witness Elite Matches. They are a whole different class of pistols and not that much more money either.

November 16, 2012, 11:05 PM
I looked at and handled one tonight. Really nice fit for my hand. Giving it serious consideration.

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