This is my first post to this fourm. I have been reading all the posts on the 444 Marlin. I am looking at the new 2001 Marlin catalog and just love the Model 444 and the 444P. I want them both but can only get one. I like the 22 innh barrel of the Model444. I have never shot a ported rifle and have been told that they make a loud bang. Has this been a problem with any of you that have hunted with ported model rifles?