There is no question owning a 45 can be expensive. It isn't the cost of the gun, but the ammo you have to expend before, a) breaking it in and b) becoming any good with it. Once you have done 200 rounds or so and are clear of the break in bobbles, then you start to play with different types of ammo. Initially your .45 will probably like some, but dislike others. Only way to tell is to fire another 50 rounds. $$$ Remember to try the bullet type in each magazine as some of them are finicky too. $$$ A bullet that feeds okay in 2 magazines, but not in the third is possibly not the one you want. Then again sometimes replacing that magazine is the best option. $$$ Most of us wind up going at least 250 rounds of break-in/practice ammo and maybe another 200 rounds before finding the perfect bullet. $$$ Sadly these costs are often not put up front by those urging others to buy a .45.