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Just in from the range. The Safari Grade 444 project has met its goal. Today I pushed Marshalls 405 grain bullet to 2171 fps!...that is over 4000 ft lbs! There were no high pressure signs...nothing was amiss.... everything went according to plan....and, this modification has a lot more to give!!! All that is left now is to finalize an accurate load around 2150 fps (the ballistics of the 450-400 Nitro Express), and this will be a done deal. Also shot some 300's and pushed them to over 2400 fps (I am expecting to get around 2500+ fps when that project is complete. Over the years I have read and been told that the 444 Marlin cartridge in a Marlin lever gun is not up to taking large game. This modification "proves" without a doubt, that all that..... is nothing but B.S.!!!! With this modification the 444 in a Marlin lever gun can now take anything that walks the earth...period!