View Full Version : The .444 Marlin

01-29-2014, 10:59 PM
OK guys and gals, I've been wanting to do this thread since about 2 weeks before Christmas. I've been dealing with net problems since I moved at the end of the year, but that's a different story all together. My point is, here is the newest addition to my toy box.

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01-29-2014, 11:15 PM
Nice looking rifle.

01-29-2014, 11:22 PM
Dam nice looking and I bet one good shooter

01-30-2014, 12:12 AM
So first a little history on the round and rifle, then I'll give a rundown of mine. The .444 Marlin round was developed in 1964 by Marlin and Remington to fill the role of a large bore round similar to the 45-70 in a lever action rifle. At the time, it was the largest lever action round available until the Marlin company reintroduced the 45-70 caliber into their lever action rifles. The round had a rocky start in it's early years due to misconceptions about the bullet diameter. People that reloaded their own ammunition thought the .444 used the same bullet as the .44 magnum, which is a pistol round developed for lower velocities. When used in the .444, it had issues with accuracy. The round did gain in popularity after better ammunition came onto the market. As for ballistics, the .444 can push out a 240gr. bullet at around 2400 fps, with somewhere around 3000 ft/lbs. of energy, making it a suitable round for large game animals. The rifle I have is the Marlin model 444. It was first introduced in 1965, and came with a 24" micro grooved barrel with 1 in 38" twist. In 1971, they changed the barrel length to 22 inches, and incorporated the full pistol grip design into the stock. The last modification done was in the late 70's. They started using ballard type grooves, and changed the twist rate to 1 in 20".

01-30-2014, 12:15 AM
Beautiful rifle! :)

01-30-2014, 12:37 AM
So now that I have the overall history out of the way, I will tell the story of my rifle. A really good friend of mine bought this rifle new, with 2 boxes of ammo, at a hardware store back in 1974. It is the Marlin model 444C, 22" micro groove barrel, 1 in 38" rifling, with the full pistol grip stock. The price he paid was somewhere in the ballpark of $300 dollars. He shot a few rounds to get familiar with it, took it hunting one time, and placed it in his safe, where it has sat for over 30 years. Well, about 6 months ago we were at his house talking guns, when he mentions that he has this rifle. I had never heard of it before so I was immediately interested. So he goes and digs it out of the back of his gun safe, and i spent the next few minutes just drooling on it. He also shows me the 2 original boxes of remington ammo he had bought with it that only has about 8 rounds missing from them. After I was done looking it over, he put it back in the safe and I left. As the months went on, every time I saw him, I would ask him when we were going to go shoot it. Well, about 2 weeks before Christmas, he shows up at my shop. He just walks right in, hands me the 444 with ammo, and says Merry Christmas. Now, I ain't gonna lie, I almost thought I was imagining what had just happened. This friend of mine just walked up and gave me a rifle for no apparent reason, other than it's Christmas. I mean, we are friends, but damn, this guy just gave me a rifle for the hell of it. So, i did what any respectable gun nut would do. I stopped everything I was working at that moment, and took it out behind the shop and shot it. This thing has some freakin kick behind it. Imagine a short, lightweight rifle, that kicks like a dang 30-06. That's the best way I have of describing it. What really surprised me was the accuracy. It is 88 yards from the back of my shop to the dirt wall at the back of the parking lot. I frequent this range often, as I work 5 and 6 days a week. Kinda nice when your the boss and can go shooting any time you want. So, I aimed at a Gatorade bottle I had set up, and the first shot hits it dead on. I rack the lever, take aim, and the second shot hits it too. This thing is shockingly accurate for a 40 year old rifle with iron sights. I haven't actually put it to paper yet, but when I do I will post some pics up.

01-30-2014, 12:46 AM
Thanks guys. This rifle is one that will be with me til I'm dead, then I'll pass it on to my son. It really is a great shooting gun. Now if I can just find something around Alabama to hunt with it. :D

01-30-2014, 01:41 AM
a gorgeous lever action, congrats :)

01-30-2014, 03:21 AM
Excellent deer rifle. In LA, the breech loaders qualify as primitive weapons.

01-30-2014, 10:17 AM
I'm a sucker for lever actions. Very nice rifle.