I have a Marlin, the barrel is stamped 444T. The serial number begins with 70, and the stock has the medallion. The rifle has a squared lever and the front sight is dovetailed right into the barrel, no ramp. It is a Texan I'm told, but I don't think it is super rare, but it is in really super nice condition. I got it from Badermans Auction house in Prescott, Az. These people are relatives of the late Bill Ruger, and have some of his guns on display. All they would tell me about the rifle was that it was from the estate of the original owner, who shot it exactly one time then squirlled it away till I bought it. Who that owner was is a mystery, but I have fired the rifle also exactly once and truthfully, I prefer my beat up old 444S. I have wondered what the 444T would look like with a cut down barrel, say 18 inches, but God forbid I would do that.
I'd post a picture, but don't have a clue how that stuff works.
That makes two 444 T Marlins scoffed up in Prescott this month.
It is your rifle and you will do what you like, but if your rifle is in such pristine condition, I wouldn't cut it. I'd find a beater to cut up. That is just my opinion.
My brother has a 444T - 1971 model.
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Naw, I can't cut it up. Hurts to even think about it.