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Taurus .40 or .45 ?

Planning on buying my first handgun this weekend,just not sure which one is the better gun.I have decided on a Taurus Millenium,and can buy it in either a .40 or .45 for 299.00 from Academy.It will mainly stay in my service truck( I go to some pretty shady areas)so post up the pros and cons,and help me make my mind up.
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If you have the option why not go .45? All things considered .45 ammo is only slightly more expensive than .40 and has considerably more knock down power.

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If you have the option why not go .45? All things considered .45 ammo is only slightly more expensive than .40 and has considerably more knock down power.
I asked the guy at the counter and he told me over and over to buy the .40,just curious as to why.
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I asked the guy at the counter and he told me over and over to buy the .40,just curious as to why.
The Taurus could be a POS as a .45 and okay as a .40, I don't really know. As far as ammo size though I'd always go for a .45 over a .40. It'd depend on which model you are going for.

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I love my .40...wouldn't the capacity in the mag be higher for a .40 than a .45?




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I love my .40...wouldn't the capacity in the mag be higher for a .40 than a .45?
cant speak for the Taurus, but I know it is for my HK USP. Also my .40 frame is smaller than the .45's so thats what sold me as well

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i have a taurus .45 as a concealed carry. i am very happy with all around performance and best of all size! thing is so easy to tuck away and it doesnt get uncomfortable...
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cant speak for the Taurus, but I know it is for my HK USP. Also my .40 frame is smaller than the .45's so thats what sold me as well
Yep. I can't speak for Taurus, either, but a full-sized Glock in .40 S&W will hold 15 rounds while a full-sized Glock .45 will only hold 13. Also, one of the big reasons the .40 S&W is so popular is because it's as powerful as the .45 ACP but can fit into a 9mm-sized platform.

I'd go with the .40 if it were going to be my carry weapon, but .45 isn't a bad call, either.


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I have a taurus .45, and love it. I've never had a problem with it...not even a jam that I can remember. And that's after several thousand rounds of cheap ammo.

I am no real fan of .40's because to me they just have less size and nearly the same recoil. Gaining another bullet or 2 isn't worth it to me if it's not as powerful. Thats like trading a $10 for the $5's.

Go with the gun that was made for a man. haha
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Another vote for the .40. I love my .45, but the .40 is easier to carry...
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Planning on buying my first handgun this weekend,just not sure which one is the better gun.I have decided on a Taurus Millenium,and can buy it in either a .40 or .45 for 299.00 from Academy.It will mainly stay in my service truck( I go to some pretty shady areas)so post up the pros and cons,and help me make my mind up.
heres my opinion...a good friend of mine just bought the taurus stainless steel version .40 cal..and we went out and shot about two boxes of hollow points and talk about loud and very powerfull...the reason why the gun smith is trying to get you to purchase the .40 cal..is probably because it is standerd issue for most swat units.meaning it is a very convencing hand gun..plus you can use it to get your concealed hand gun permit.. if i was gonna puchase one it would be the .40 cal...but for now my 380 browning is doing the trick..

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More things to consider:

As your first pistol, you need to learn to shoot it well. A box of .45 (50 rounds) at Wal-mart will run you around $15. A box of .40 will be around $12.50. How many trips to the gun range before shooting that gun becomes natural? How many rounds? That's up to you.

Shooting the .45 is more like a push back. The .40 is more like a snap back and up. You'll need to put more effort in learning the proper grip with the .40. The .45 is popular in competitive shooting circles because the recoil is a push not a snap. You get your gun back on target quicker. Also, .45 is economical to reload. Many people don't like the .40 round because it packs a punch when it shoots. Many complain of the harsh recoil. As a new shooter, this becomes an important issue as you learn how to grip it right.

Choosing the right gun is a long journey. There are so many variables and so many people that are loyal to their choices. You really need to shoot some guns first before making your decision. Go to Elk Castle on I-30 and Cherry Lane. See if the have the Taurus PT-140 and PT-145. The Range Officers there are pretty nice. Tell them you are looking to buy your first pistol and would like to try some out. Ask them for advice. The good thing about Elk Castle is you only pay one rental fee and you can shoot any gun they have as long as you shoot their ammo. Other ranges will charge you a fee per gun you touch.

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Go with the gun that was made for a man. haha
I agree, but I didn't see 10mm (or .45 Win Mag, just for Casper) as any of his options.


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I would not worry about the caliber of the weapon as much as the fit to your hand. One of the first rules of a pistolsmith is one hit is better than two misses. You need to handle the weapon system and make sure it fits your hands, how is the natural point of aim with the system? What is the loaded weight of the system? How do you plan to carry?

I have seen a few people in my time shot dead with very small calibers of weapons, so in some cases bigger is not always better.

Is there a place where you can rent the weapons and shoot them before you buy? I understand that money might be the reason you are looking at that weapon, but if you cannot shoot it then dont buy it.

If you want ballistics then do some research on the pro's and con's of both cartridges as there are many.

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I went to bed early and missed most of this great advice,I purchased the .45 early this morning.I have fired 20 rounds of target ammo,it took me most of those to get used to it, but the last 6 shots from around 40ft. or so were in a grouping of about 5.5-6 inches (not sure if that is decent or not ,but seems pretty accurate to me).The two things that really suprised me was #1 this thing is very loud,and #2 the suprising lack of recoil for such a big gun.Overall it appears to be well made for a cheaper gun,a considerable amount better than the High Point that I first looked at.
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The two things that really suprised me was #1 this thing is very loud,and #2 the suprising lack of recoil for such a big gun.
Number one - it's only loud compared to little things like a .22, 9mm, or .380.

Number two - if two different guns are firing the same round, the lighter gun will almost always have more recoil.


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i cant comment on the taurus performance, but the guy @ academy
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I went to bed early and missed most of this great advice,I purchased the .45 early this morning.I have fired 20 rounds of target ammo,it took me most of those to get used to it, but the last 6 shots from around 40ft. or so were in a grouping of about 5.5-6 inches (not sure if that is decent or not ,but seems pretty accurate to me).The two things that really suprised me was #1 this thing is very loud,and #2 the suprising lack of recoil for such a big gun.Overall it appears to be well made for a cheaper gun,a considerable amount better than the High Point that I first looked at.
You'll still need more than that when you come to my 'hood. Bring extra ammo.

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I would reccomend that you go to a local gun range.
Many of them have guns for rent. Like 35$ includes a box of ammo.
Try both 40. cal and 45. cal. That should help.
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As for me, I have a .45 and a .40 and I prefer the .40 over the .45 for comfort and controllability, but I prefer the .45 for the bang and knock down. I'm also a pretty big guy and I don't normally have a whole lot of difficulty holding a gun on target.
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