Well I as soon as the Marlin 444 came in ,I sold her...nice gun and caliber...
But didn't settle my Big bore itch...I went back to a 375 Win...Found a 94 BB XTR in 375 win in a local shop he had some 375 ammo in 4 boxes and we worked out a deal ......Why would i chose a 375 win. ?
As i was going over my old reloading notes while awaiting my 444 Marlin ...i also looked over notes from my reloading days of the 375... i never handloaded any Hardcast in the 375win... so I done research and discovered SD of a 250gr. .377 LHCFNGC was .255 and could easily be pushed to 2000 fps. with a Reloader -7 ... A .430 300gr. bullet with the SD of .255 could be pushed to 2000 -2100 fps but with a 24in barrel and a least 10gr.s more powder ,I know from having a 94 BB in 444 you lose bout 30fps. per inch with heavier slugs ... so vel. is equal for the same SD bullet with equal barrel lengths...between the 375 win and the 444 M
Now I know the 444 Marlin will out perfrom the 375 win... but with equal barrel lengths and equal Sectional Density Bullets... the two are awfully closed in perfromance ..and not may animals in North America would know the difference between a .377 bullet and a .430 bullet both of equal Sectional Density bullets travling at the same speed....
To me a more efficient cartridge is the 375 win. even more so when in a lighter more compact carbine the Winchester 94 ... than the 22in or 24in. Marlin 444...
the 375win. will deliver without as much fuss ...
I've always had an interest in the 375, but the closest thing I actually own is a Winnie in 38-55. Your BB has more potential for sure even though the rounds look almost identical. I do hope you enjoy it, but I think I'll keep my 444. Watching this year's buck fall at 150 yards like he'd been hit by the hammer of Thor is motivation enough to stick with the 444. 444 is an awesome round.
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I think you are putting too much emphasis on SD and too little on flat out mass. 50grs is very significant. That being said, there is nothing about the .375 to sneeze at. I would not hesitate to use it on moose and it kicks a lot less than the .444.
Yep ..the 444 is certainly is a hoss ..a step up in power over the 375 win...but as all things, at a cost. The need of a more recoil and barrel length..the 444 is a versatile cartridge.
i look at the 375 win.. as a mini 45/70 .
I wonder how the 400 Winchester would have faired ( a straight walled cartridge that , was dumped after development by Winchester ...was a straight walled case based on the 30-30 or 375 win. )
I think a straight walled case opened up to accomadate the .410 bullet like the 41 magnum would have faired better than a .400 bullet
(i'm gonna ask this question on the 375 /356 area...)
My hunting partner spends a lot of time hunting with his .375 BB. It shoots cast very well and knocks down little critters like deer and black bear with authority. He loves it, especially for its light weight and handling but when moose season open, he reaches for his .444. As good as the .375 BB is, it doesn't quite have the poop of the .444. The heavier boolit with the increased frontal area seems to make more of a difference between the .375 and the .444 than between the .444 and the .45-70. Good gun though, congratulations!
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Deal fell through on 375 winny...eeh gosh....
well that gives me more $$$$$ for other stuff & things & such...
sorry to hear that.my WIN 375 BB 94 XTR top eject would be the very last rifle to leave my house.marlins may come and go my winchesters are not forsale.