444 Marlin

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Speed Trap, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Speed Trap

    Speed Trap Member

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    Just picked up TC Encore in 444 Marlin. Its a TC Custom barrel and is 20" long. Looks wicked! Don't know much about the 444 Marlin, so looking to you for input....
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    as far as I know its a 45-70 necked down to 44cal. I have a 450 marlin which is a 45-70 on steroids
     

  3. ROBSTER

    ROBSTER Well-Known Member

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    If I rember right it is a 44 mag only about an inch longer. A good brush gun also.
    Robster
     
  4. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I believe the 444 Marlin came out about 1964 and was first chambered in the Marlin 444:D. I have never owned one but had three different friends that did and they ALL shot sub MOA with good loads at 100 yds. I really have been quite amazed at the accuracy for a lever gun! I don't know how they shoot in other rifles. They are a real stopper inside two hundred yards......Rich
     
  5. Too Tall Rosenwald

    Too Tall Rosenwald Well-Known Member

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    It is not a necked down 45-70. Different size case.
     
  6. Crane

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    Correct. It is a different case entirely, much stronger. I also have an Encore in this cartridge but mine was a .44 Magnum reamed to .444 Marlin by David White at D & T Custom Gunworks. D&T Custom Gunworks Forum

    It is quite a handful in a pistol. Mine likes the Hornaday LeverEvoloution 265 grain ammo in factory form. Check out HAWK bullets for reloading, the 300 grains x .025 HP will nearly tear a whitetail in half. Be prepared for a little meat loss, tracking is nearly nil. Farthest I've had to track one is only the distance from where is was standing to where it hit the ground after it was knocked off it's feet. Some of the other HAWK offerings might be a little less destructive.
     
  7. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    well there you go I was wrong.