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Old 01-05-2008, 07:09 PM
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Finally scored with my 444.

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I have been hunting all season with the new Marlin 444 I bought this year but this season has been hard hunting. This afternoon right at dark I finally shot a nice whitetail doe. The BTB 280 gr with 45 gr H4198 folded the deer up like a cheap lawn chair. One shot at 125 yards is all it took. Looking forward to some deer chili.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:12 PM
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Like a cheap lawn chair.... yup, that's what it does. I have put the skids to a few deer with mine.

Been using the 290gr. LFN, myself. What load are you using with the 280s? I figured that bullet ate up too much case capacity, and so haven't tried it.

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:15 PM
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I was using 45 gr of H4198 at 2000 fps. I bought them for use in my 44 mag rev but I discovered they shoot good out of my 444. That wide meplate really puts a whomp on anything it hits.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:26 AM
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Good work jodum. Glad you got your doe and some data on the 444. The reports just keep on coming on this amazing round.
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:04 AM
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Way to go, jodum! I agree, that 444 really hits hard.
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