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    Thank for the report on the 444 and capabilities. I hope to one day join the 444 club and this report just furthers my desire to purchase a Marlin in 444!
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    How about posting some details about you brown bear kills with the 444 and cast. How far did they travel after the shot ? Thanks.
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    Thanks for all the welcomes! I will describe how the 444 performed on a Kodiak bear. First I would like to say that you should never take just one shot on a large bear. They are very tenacious animals. You should be ready to shoot everything your rifle holds. I don't care if you are shooting a 505 Gibbs. Recently I shot a big brown bear 30 yards away. The first shot destroyed the right front leg near the shoulder. The 355 gr bullet completely broke the largest part of the bears toughest bone in half. I found the bullet and the gas check. The bullet had retained an estimated 75% of its weight. I launch these 355 gr Beartooth bullets at about 2200 fps. The bones and muscles of these animals are huge. To appreciate what I am saying you need to see what a skinned Kodiak bear looks like. A lesser bullet would have likely come apart. Next I took a direct broadside shots and then a third follow up shot. The direct broadside shot went completely through the bear taking out ribs and lungs and leaving a hole on the far side about the size of a 50 cent coin. All the shooting happened in less than 30 seconds. I hope the details are helpful.

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    Skywagon, welcome to the forum. I know what you mean about the versatility of the 444; just this past January I took a nice bison in South Dakota with my 444, and it did a fantastic job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywagon View Post
    Thanks for all the welcomes! I will describe how the 444 performed on a Kodiak bear. First I would like to say that you should never take just one shot on a large bear. They are very tenacious animals. You should be ready to shoot everything your rifle holds. I don't care if you are shooting a 505 Gibbs. Recently I shot a big brown bear 30 yards away. The first shot destroyed the right front leg near the shoulder. The 355 gr bullet completely broke the largest part of the bears toughest bone in half. I found the bullet and the gas check. The bullet had retained an estimated 75% of its weight. I launch these 355 gr Beartooth bullets at about 2200 fps. The bones and muscles of these animals are huge. To appreciate what I am saying you need to see what a skinned Kodiak bear looks like. A lesser bullet would have likely come apart. Next I took a direct broadside shots and then a third follow up shot. The direct broadside shot went completely through the bear taking out ribs and lungs and leaving a hole on the far side about the size of a 50 cent coin. All the shooting happened in less than 30 seconds. I hope the details are helpful.
    Your attitude is exactly the same as mine when I hunted in the Brooks Range area and Ft. Greely Training Area some 20 years ago. Be prepared to empty your firearm into a very mean and tenacious critter. I had two brown bear confrontations as a soldier while hunting in AK. Both times the bruins decided that a hunting group of well armed infantry/engineer soldiers wasn't worth the trouble. I am glad to hear that the 444 Marlin does very well up there in Sourdough country. I hunted up there with either a 338 Win Mag or 45-70. I never got a bear but did get a moose and a caribou while I was stationed at Ft. Wainwright--they were very good eatin'.
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    Mr. Skywagon, you just put a smile on the faces of a lot of 444 shooters. Most of us can just opine about the 444 in that role, but that and a dime won't even get a cup of coffee.
    So thank you for coming here and sharing your experiences. I am hoping you get to share more 444 exploits from Alaska in the future.

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    Skywagon, what is the year of manufacture of your 444? Is your gun MG or Ballard rifled?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywagon View Post
    Thanks for all the welcomes! I will describe how the 444 performed on a Kodiak bear. First I would like to say that you should never take just one shot on a large bear. They are very tenacious animals. You should be ready to shoot everything your rifle holds. I don't care if you are shooting a 505 Gibbs. Recently I shot a big brown bear 30 yards away. The first shot destroyed the right front leg near the shoulder. The 355 gr bullet completely broke the largest part of the bears toughest bone in half. I found the bullet and the gas check. The bullet had retained an estimated 75% of its weight. I launch these 355 gr Beartooth bullets at about 2200 fps. The bones and muscles of these animals are huge. To appreciate what I am saying you need to see what a skinned Kodiak bear looks like. A lesser bullet would have likely come apart. Next I took a direct broadside shots and then a third follow up shot. The direct broadside shot went completely through the bear taking out ribs and lungs and leaving a hole on the far side about the size of a 50 cent coin. All the shooting happened in less than 30 seconds. I hope the details are helpful.
    Welcome to the forum and thank you very much for the detailed description of the 444 performance on Kodiak bears.
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    How far did the bear travel and how long did he live after the first shot?
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    Who need's a magnum. I do not own one and never will have a need for one as long as I have a T4. I have always walked a different path I hunted with a bow when a lot didn't I use a recurve even when crossbows are all the rage. I always use a different caliber then the mainstream I started using a 7mm08 when people did not know what it was knowing its true potential. I had and have a ongoing love affair with the 358win even when they say it is dead and gone. When I have the urge to pound something to the ground hard enough to cause a earth quake I let one of my T-REX's bark (that's what I call my 444's). I have always said there is nothing I will ever need a magnum to kill and this proves it. Widow
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