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    .444 marlin

    Anyone have some nice reloading data they have used for the .444 marlin.
    I know taking the details of others reloads isn't always wise but be interesting to see some.
    Just reloading some for my marlin , original marlin 80s micro groove barrel, using hornady 265 interlocks and IMR 4198.
    I went for some on a safe load of 44g should give 2190fps coal 2.550. I did have some of these loaded for me years ago by someone who had them over 3000fps I believe, but this was on the 240gr remmy heads. Was punchy but enjoyable.
    Anyone got some good data

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickW View Post
    Anyone have some nice reloading data they have used for the .444 marlin.
    I know taking the details of others reloads isn't always wise but be interesting to see some.
    Just reloading some for my marlin , original marlin 80s micro groove barrel, using hornady 265 interlocks and IMR 4198.
    I went for some on a safe load of 44g should give 2190fps coal 2.550. I did have some of these loaded for me years ago by someone who had them over 3000fps I believe, but this was on the 240gr remmy heads. Was punchy but enjoyable.
    Anyone got some good data
    Ive been reloading 444 since 1982 and chronographing my results. I doubt if you even came close to 3000 fps without losing an eye or some other valuable chunk of your anatomy. I would flatten primers and warp brass trying to get 2500 fps sing a compressed load of 4198 and a 240 JHP Hornady. With 265's and heavier i liked H4895. Good speed. low pressure.~Muir

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    3000 ft lbs yes 3000 fps no way

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    I have no idea what they were loaded at, when I went down to pick the gun we both went down the range and he didn't want to fire it again after putting a dozen rounds through the day before, whatever they were they were fun. Same day was watching someone fire a 357 6"colt python at 400 yds which I thought was crazy.
    Muir if your happy to share any load data I'd be very grateful for any info.
    N

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    I just used Hodgdon's data and worked up. You'll like H4895. My last 444 was a custom single shot with a 1-18" twist barrel. Shot like a house-a-fire.~Muir

    FWIW: I regularly shot my .357 and .44 magnum handguns in 200M competition.

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    As Muir says, H4895 works well in the T4

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    The 4198s are certainly traditional favourites. Unfortunately both H. and IMR versions were unobtainable in the UK, or were so anyway at least a few months back in northern England. I had to help a friend who has recently built a .30BR bench rest rifle out with my supplies. (It's also the powder for the 30BR.)

    Of the more commonly found powders here, Viht N120 looks a very good match on QuickLOAD for the 265gn FP and is listed by Viht if you can find any of that around.

    http://www.vihtavuori.com/en/reloadi...44-marlin.html

    (I have a 444, but have restricted myself to nice gentle 240gn subsonic loads over IMR Trail Boss for 100 yard range outings. Keep meaning to load up more normal performance jacketed bullet combinations, but I found the factory Hornady 265gn ammunition a 'little fierce' shot off a bench or prone.)

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    The Hornady 265-gr bullet and the ammunition are great in the .444, but it is not a bench rest rifle. Get it sighted in, then shoot it offhand, as was intended.

    The original 240-gr Remington loads are not bad, offhand, at about 2,400 fps. They get a lot of bad press, but the last time I looked at an Alaska DNR compilation of attacking bears, including lots of grizzly bears, and what dispatched them, the .444 with that 240-gr was in a far lead. Of course, the big Marlin lends itself to spewing multiple shots of .444 and .45-70. The Speer 270-gr bullet is a favorite of mine, I guess because I worked up some nice loads and stocked up, before the Hornady 265-gr came out.

    A 240-gr Hornady or Speer JSP loaded to a little over 1,800 fps is mild to shoot, very accurate, and zeroed at 100 yards, kills deer handily.

    Boy, I wish I had a double rifle, like a Beretta O/U, in .444 Marlin.
    Why the brain trust at Ruger won't chamber up a No.1 with 24-inch barrel and nice sights, beats Hell out of me.

    Same for the geniuses at FN/Browning/ Winchester who think there is no market for an 1885 with open sights and a 26-inch barrel in .444. Heck, make one in Traditional Hunter with a crescent steel buttplate and tang peep sight, and I'll buy two of them.

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    Thanks all for the info, I do love my .444 gonna have to stock up on powder so I'll see whats around , again thanks all.

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    NICK
    I use reloaded 7 in my T4 and 265 gr interlocks running around 2300 fps flatt out!! Kills boar and deer very well.
    Vhit 120 & 130 both work well in my rifle also.
    For plnking / indoor range work I use 19 grs of 2400 and a cast boolet

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