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Old 06-09-2011, 09:54 PM
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Best bullet for a 444 marlin?


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What is your vote? From Deer to moose.

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Old 06-10-2011, 05:01 AM
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Pop, I use two bullets in my 444 for hunting, the Hornady 265 gr jsp and the Ranchdog cast 265 gr LFN. I think either one of these would be adequate for your hunting needs. My 444 like IMR 4198. I use 46.5 grs with both of these bullets. As normal, start 10 percent below this and work up.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:22 AM
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I found that although some say it isn't so, my .444S with Micro-Groove barrel shoots lights out with the LE 265gr FTX load by Hornady and I've stuck with it. Perhaps a few minutes reading this thread (below) might show you some bullets that have excellent penetration qualities. There are both jacketed and cast bullets here and also a "wildcard" tested in the form of a 180gr "X" load from a 30/06 for comparison purposes. Some interesting info here IMHO. You'll need to read through at least post #31 to get the all the results.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...c,81274.0.html
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.............and dont forget the 290 grain Beartooth! There are many folks that swear by this bullet, and it has a proven track record on large game!
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Hornady 300 gr XTP.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:20 PM
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Hornady 300 gr XTP.
You may want to give a look at that penetration test I posted a link for....
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Don't need to. I know how these penetrate from experience.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:15 AM
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Pop, I use two bullets in my 444 for hunting, the Hornady 265 gr jsp.
I had a heck of a time finding these as Hornady was pumping out the FTX's at twice the price. Then Graf's received a shipment, and I bought 5 boxes. I've used them in both .444 and .44M loads for a couple of decades.

When the 265's were not available, I picked up a box or Speer 270gr GD's to try, and found they were a good substitute. They shoot real well in my .77/44, and according to emails I swapped with a Speer techie, it was designed to be used in both cartridges. I now have a fair inventory of those as well.
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The 320 LBT LFN is a hard bullet to beat in the 444 Marlin. My short barrel Timber rifle will not generate high velocities but it does penetrate well on our light-bodied deer and smaller pigs.

I prefer a lighter bullet and the 310-grain Lee bullet meets this need for me. Using Hodgdon or IMR 4198, I push the 310-grain Lee bullet above 2,000 fps using loads between 39.5 and 42.0 grains. I have killed many light-bodied cull deer with this load.

Believe it of not the nulk Remington 240-grain JSP bullets driven to 2,250+ fps from the 17.5” barrel kill deer and pigs very well. The bullets never fail to exit for me - I am not shooting at long distance with my average shot at 50-yards - but the 240-grain Remington’s drop deer in their tracks.
Favorite loads for the 240-grain Remington are 49.2 grains of Hodgdon 4198.
56.0 grains of Hodgdon Benchmark.
62.0 grains of Hodgdon 335.
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Believe it of not the nulk Remington 240-grain JSP bullets driven to 2,250+ fps from the 17.5 barrel kill deer and pigs very well. .
When the .444 was first introduced, that was the bullet. I had one of the early models with a 24" barrel, and they were definately sizzlin when they left the barrel. I found them to be a bit destructive myself.

A bullet not on a lot of lists is the 300gr Sierra FP. I crimp right into the jacket, and haven't had a problem in the .444 or .44M's. It's fine for accuracy, and they are actually quite inexpensive.
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I would go with the 265 RD if I had access to cast boolits. 265gr Hornady FP if I didn't.
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.............and dont forget the 290 grain Beartooth! There are many folks that swear by this bullet, and it has a proven track record on large game!
+1. The BTB .432" 290g & 330g, pushed by a stout loads of H335, are my favorite for anything that needs shootin'!
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If anyone is interested I cast a 44 cal 320gr LBT style LFNGC for my 44 mag. Would be willing to part with some.

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Another vote for the 290 BTB over 52.5 RE 7 Elk and Deer DRT
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On the deer in the woods or fields, I will go with a Beartooth Bullet in the 280 grain bullet weight and for blackbear, moose, etc. I stay with the .325 WFNGC bullet for the bigger game animals.
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If anyone is interested I cast a 44 cal 320gr LBT style LFNGC for my 44 mag. Would be willing to part with some.

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Are you selling? I'm looking for 444 marlin for my Thompson
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