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    Always glad for a real world report. I'd love to have a 444, but 35 Rem is plenty for any oklahoma bears.
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    I would say Its a pleasure to here real Life.
    The 444 has more overall ability than any other caliber from trajectory to penetration to energy delivered. Not just one but the whole pakage.
    Hey I love the 45/70 but if I am stuck with only one gun in the north It would only be the 444 for all its virtues.
    For me if I had also only one bullet it would be the 290 BTB with A charge of 52 grains of RL-7 as it is mouse to T-Rex
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    Very good report, Thank you. I do not own a 444 YET but it is on my next gun list.
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    Another welcome and thanks for a great report!
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    A few people have asked what 444 rifle I use.
    It is a 2009 Marlin XLR 444. 1:20 Ballard rifling.
    Someone else asked "How far did the bear go after the first shot?" It went less than 10 yards, but I followed up immediately with a second and third shot, because going after wounded bears in the Alders is no good.
    Great to meet some real 444 fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utahtrapper View Post
    I would say Its a pleasure to here real Life.
    The 444 has more overall ability than any other caliber from trajectory to penetration to energy delivered. Not just one but the whole pakage.
    Hey I love the 45/70 but if I am stuck with only one gun in the north It would only be the 444 for all its virtues.
    For me if I had also only one bullet it would be the 290 BTB with A charge of 52 grains of RL-7 as it is mouse to T-Rex.
    That boolit would be my choice also, albeit pushed by H-4198 powder.
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    A number of years ago on this very forum, I was poo=poo'd by the naysayers when I made the statement that the 444 could take on the large bears with ease...which it can....a 300 grain bullet at 2200 fps, the power of the 405 Winchester, will get the job done. Just to "prove" the power of the 444, and remove all doubt, and lay the issue (and the naysayers) to rest, I developed the Safari Grade 444. The 410 grain bullet at 2160 fps (4000+ ft lbs), or the 445 grain bullet at 2100 fps (almost 4500 ft lbs), from my 444 XLR, removes all doubt in anybody's mind that the 444 will not only take the big bears, but, anything else that walks the earth!!! The SG (1-20 Ballard), and the AA (the All-American...1-38 MG barreled modified Marlins), are the most powerful OEM big bore Marlins that can be had....bar none....period! So, stories like the OP's should not be a surprise to anyone....the 444 has more than enough get up and go for the big bears........and, if you need or just want more than the OEM has to offer, the Safari Grade modifications can be had.
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    Hello and Welcome Skywagon to MO from a small bluff here in W TN.
    Thanks for your experiences with the T4. I picked one up last year and fell in love. I call it my BigGrin Gun. I took a nice doe with it two days after I got it.
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    Great story Skywagon, good to hear the 444 being used on big bears. The only Bears we have are Koala Bears, but thay are for lookin at, not shootin. . I do love shooting pigs with my 444SS though.

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    Welcome from SW Florida.
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