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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

Looking real hard at one, I have a bad sickness when it comes to guns, just can't quit acquiring them. Anyway as a big bore bear round, compared to the 45/70, also I don't reload so more than likely I'd try out the Leverevolution gummy tips to start as my 30-30 loves them. Recoil comparisons as well although I would put a Limbsaver Recoil Pad on her. Thanks Guys!
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 08:23 PM
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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

i don't have one but i have a box of gummies. next step will be to get the gun. i will get a marlin 444p when i see a decent price for one. i have the same sickness...

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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

i have one and love it. i shoot a reload my dad had worked up for it. Had the trigger smoothed out. Shot 2 bear and plenty of doe and bucks with it. Its not pretty to look at as ive used it hard but it shoots good and wouldn't part with it .
BTW, You dont need a limbsaver pad for it. It doesnt kick bad.

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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

It was the only modern big bore lever action available for a short while until Marlin re-introduced the 1895 in .45-70 in 1972. The .444 came out in the 60's, was popular for awhile, yet despite little fanfare over the years and exitement today with all the new fangled cartridges, it is still around. And because some think bigger is better, it's always been in the shadow of the .45-70.

Load it right, touch off a round or two, and you'll realize its no slouch. It drops deer in their tracks, at least that's been my experience.

I've been shooting mine since the early 80's. My rifle likes the 265 gr. Hornady. I have never tried the new Leverevolution rounds in my MicroGroove barrel.

I think where the .444 Marlin suffers is lack of more factory bullets since it shares the same diameter (.429) with that dinky pistol cartridge; the .44 Rem. Mag. Many .429 bullets are too light or are designed for pistol velocities, not rifle velocities. But, when Barnes made a heavy jacketed .429 for the .444, or when using the excellent Hornady 265 gr. FP Interlock, which I've used exclusively, I've never experienced any problems.

Over on the MarlinOwners forum there is a group dedicated to the .444 Marlin with lots of good info.

This is a pretty good read on the rifle and cartridge:
http://www.hwsportsman.net/444Marlin.html
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 10:41 PM
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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

I think the 444 is a great cartridge. I was looking for one a couple years ago but ended up with a 45-70 only because of the deal I got on the gun. My buddy shoots a 444 Marlin with the lipstick bullets from Hornady and it is very accurate. He really likes his. I say go for it, lots of fun shooting big bore rifles that make big holes.
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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

Had one for many years. The original version, with 24" barrel and "clunky" butt stock. Very accurate and I collected several deer with it over the years that I owned it.

Collected being the operative phrase, because when the Marlin barked, they pretty much toppled on the spot.

No recoil issues for two reasons: The rifle was fairly heavy and I primarily used reloads w/200gr HPs. Did shoot it some with Rem. factory 240gr SPs, but never used them on deer. I have fired 45-70 M1895 Marlins shooting 300gr reloads, that produced far more recoil than my 444 ever did.

Hard pressed now to come up with a good reason for having sold my 444 a few years ago? Moment of weakness/stupidity, most likely?


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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

I have three Marlins, a .444, a 45/70, and a 45/70 Guide Gun. Here in PA, I use the .444 the most. It's reliable, accurate, and usually drops them in their tracks.

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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

Great cal out of a great rifle.The 444 has since took back seat to the 450 Marlin when it came out.Marlinowners is a great site and has a category just for the 444.Join up we,d luv to have ya.
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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

Its a great cartridge for Pa deer hunting, don't pass it up!

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Re: 444 Marlin-Whats your take on it?

Another vote for this great cartridge, I love it!

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