Often overshadowed by the “big brother” .45-70 Government,
the .444 Marlin might not have the heritage but definitely has the power to
make it a round worth looking at. Created in 1964 by Remington Arms, by the
request of Marlin Firearms, after the .45-70 began to fade out of view as it
was no longer offered in any new rifles at the time. With the end of the
.45-70, a new need arose for a big-bore cartridge with substantial knock-down
power; enter the .444 Marlin.
Marlin released the .444 Marlin in their duly named Model
444 rifle, which was essentially a “beefed-up” version of their Model 336
.30-30. The .444 Marlin uses the same .429” bullet as the .44 Magnum. In fact,
the only difference between the .44 magnum and the .444 Marlin is an extra inch
of case. This extra inch, however, allows the .444 Marlin to give an added 600
feet per second more velocity. The bullet, though, has been the problem many
have with the .444 Marlin.
Since the bullet is intended to be used in pistols, it
doesn’t have the construction to withstand such high velocities. This can,
however, be overcome by reloading your own rounds and choosing a bullet best
suited for your particular needs. There is no doubt about it; the .444 Marlin
has the knock-down power for most any game in North America.
Each box contains 100 once fired brass shell casings. Headstamps are Remington-Peters. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been washed and polished, but not resized and may still contain the spent primer. It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.