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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: 444 rounds?
Had a 444 Marlin for years (the original 24" bbl version). Shot very well with 200gr XTPs and 200gr SJHP Speers from about 25 years ago. Sold it, forget the charge of IMR 4198, think it was 46 or 47 grs?
Scoped it one year to see how accurate it could shoot rested @ 100yds. Generally two would be touching, the third shot almost touching the first two. Killed several deer with it (one scoped, others w/Williams peep), no problems. Pretty much de-lung a deer at 80 yards, which is about the farthest I ever dropped one with that rifle.
Rifle was heavy enough that recoil was neglibible with those loads. IIRC, the originals had Micro-Groove barrels, but they later went to Ballard-type rifling in them?
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B