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I was looking at a used 444ss Marlin in the shop for $325 and was thinking about it. Then started reading this and the Marlin forums and started thinking about a 375 instead. Can experienced users help me make a choice with their opinions? My hunting is primarily whitetail, maybe bear or hogs to 150 yds and plinking. I do reload. PS I have a Marlin 336A 24'' barrel rifle already, should I just stay with this?
 

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        Once that Marlin levergun bug bites, forget about trying to be practical. You're going to end up with both, sooner or later, so just admitt it <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo--> . Since the .375 is no  longer made, I would pick up one without hesitation, if you're fortunate enough to see one, on some used gun rack. This is a potent little package that packs plenty of punch, with handloads. How's a 270 gr FN at 2200 fps sound for some wallop ? There's not a deer, pig, or black bear that could stand against that.

          However, there is something to be said about owning a true big bore. The .444 is the most intrinsically accurate levergun round I've ever owned. I'm almost embarrassed to admitt that I own 3 of them(ok, so I overindulge a little). With a 330 gr LFNDCGC cast bullet at 2200 fps, lookout !

           Then again, If you want a bigbore, how about a .45-70, or better yet a custome .50 alaskan ? Or you could go the practical route, and get a .35 Rem 336(very efficient, by the way). As you can see the list can go on and on. Isn't this fun ?

            If you see the .375, grab it, or waite for one, if you're patient. If you need to hold something in your hands right now, and can't waite, go for the .444.

             Just remember what I told you, You'll eventially end up with both, and some <!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->

                        Jeff
 

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I would go with either the 444 or a 38-55 simply because their is more available factory ammo available for both, in both tame and heavy-duty versions.  I just picked up a 444P but haven't had a chance to slap a scope on it and take it out to play yet.  Another reason to get the 444 would be if you have a 44 mag pistola, it would same on some components.  I suppose you could stick with your 336.  I've got a 336 .30-30, 2 1895's, and the new 444.  I reckon cast-n-blast is right - you'll probably wind up with them both, anyway, you just have to figure out which one you want to get first.  Good luck.
 

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Hello from Scotland

Rich56 You lucky puppy ! I decided on a brand new Marlin outfitter about 7-8 months ago STILL not got it yet ! I want a gun to put Deer down, and some thing that chucks a bit lump of lead and the .444 wins for me.

Whilst waitting for my rifle to arrive ive had great fun trying my hand at bullet casting as well.

I have been told a shippment of Marlins is due into the UK this week end so hopefully mine will be in it.

Good luck with what ever you choose.

Regards Englander
 

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I don't have any experience with the 375 but I do have a 444 in the Winchester Timber carbine.  It is more fun than we should be allowed to have.  It does pack a punch with heavy bullets ( 300 + ) at decent velocities.

I would have a 375 if I ran into it.
 

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They are all fine calibers and will do the job you are asking, you will spend the least amount of money with the 444 because rifles are not hard to find or are not in great demand.
The 375 will cost you more and to find one in a marlin is a little harder A Winchester will be the easy one to find ( the winchester XTR that the 375 is in, is one of the better levers winchester put out ). The 375 is a very fine Game round, IMHO it is the most under utilized big game round in America.
Anouther one someone said was a 38-55 and it to is a very fine Game round loaded in modern firearms is a twin to the 375, it to will be a little more money because I think the Marlin Cowboy is the only lever rifle chambered for it............Marko
 
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