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Posted: 1/29/2006 10:24:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2006 10:24:25 AM EDT by 1GUNRUNNER]
So, last summer my Mom won a Model 94 chambered in .444 Marlin. She was asking me about it and I had to tell her that I know NOTHING about this round. Any of you guys hears of this? I kept saying "you mean .44 Mag?" I found 450 Marlin but not 444 Marlin...

~Dg84
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 10:19:36 AM EDT
A good round for deer hunting in heavy brush.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 10:30:52 AM EDT
It is a very good cartridge and is strong enough for most anything, it can run a 320 cast to around 2200 fps. It is comparable to a 405 Winchester.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 10:33:45 AM EDT
I had one for awhile, like others said excellent woods range deer gun. If you reload be careful with the lighter .429 bullets as the .444 velocities will sling them apart. The Hornady 265 gr. bullet is an excellent bullet for these guns.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 11:11:00 AM EDT
www.marlinowners.com/board/viewforum.php?f=9

Stop in on this big bore site!
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 11:34:22 AM EDT
Well, I dunno about YOUR mom, but MY mom would have the shit about knocked out of her with a .444 Marlin!
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 1:04:54 PM EDT
Good cartridge, kicks hard in the Marlin lever guns.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 3:26:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
Well, I dunno about YOUR mom, but MY mom would have the shit about knocked out of her with a .444 Marlin!



Yeah, she said she took my cousin out and he shot it... She didn't want to shoot it after seeing the thumping it gave him. I think that's why she was asking if I wanted it.

~Dg84
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 8:52:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
So, last summer my Mom won a Model 94 chambered in .444 Marlin. She was asking me about it and I had to tell her that I know NOTHING about this round. Any of you guys hears of this? I kept saying "you mean .44 Mag?" I found 450 Marlin but not 444 Marlin...

~Dg84




I owned one almost 30 years ago. They were on sale at the hardware store in town and I remember the saleman stating that no matter what I wanted to hunt this rifle would do the job. Never took it hunting, but went through a box of ammo blasting an engine block to hell.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 9:45:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2006 9:47:00 PM EDT by Milldude]

Originally Posted By AeroE:
Good cartridge, kicks hard in the Marlin lever guns.



Try it in a MRI Lone Eagle with synthetic stock and NO muzzle brake........

ETA- Been there, done that. Shot 10 rds. Wrist swelled up for three days. OUCH!
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 4:19:06 AM EDT
Try a Contender Super 14, rechambered by SSK/JD Jones from 44 magnum to full length 444 Marlin. It throws 300 grain hard cast bullets at 1900 fps over my chrony USING THE STARTING LOAD of H4895.

444 Marlin rocks if your targets are large and tenacious, but practice is NOT fun...

Paladin
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 11:51:22 AM EDT
I'll second the "practice is NOT fun" comment. I had a Marlin 444 and man was it brutal. I had a Decelerator pad installed on it and it helped just a little. I ended up selling it. It hurt just to look at it!



R
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 12:13:19 PM EDT
Once upon a time it was "King of the Hill" for the lever action Bigbores. It's basically a .44 Remington Mag stretched to a 45-70 length. It packs a lot of punch.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 12:24:04 PM EDT
Zippy round with lots of power. I had a 444P which had the porting on an 18" barrel. It was bearable even for practice.

The 22" version without the ports and a thin pad was a bit stout on the bench for zeroing and such.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 12:28:10 PM EDT
anecdotal info:

As stated in John Plaster's book on SOG, Jerry Shriver (a SOG operator) in Vietnam supposedly ordered a Marlin .444 lever action and had it shipped over to use as a "Bunker Buster" while on operations.

Blitz
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:02:24 PM EDT
I really want to get one of those new Marlin XLRs in .444. Those sick awesome. The stainless steel on pepper laminate stock, oh damn that looks good.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:31:12 PM EDT
My friend has one he calls it "tha mule" because of the way it kicks!! i would sell it and get a .44 lever action. that is what my friend wanted but wound up with this one instead, lol but it's great gun if ya don't have to shoot it all that often.
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