Alaskan Brown Bear with the 444 Marlin
I have seen posts over the years that ask about the capabilities of the 444 marlin. I have heard lots of debate. I will give you some real life research and experience. I have used the 444 Marlin as my main hunting rifle in Alaska over the last several years. I have used it from black-tail deer to Kodiak Brown Bear. The 444 is capable of taking any North American game. As with all calibers, it is important to match the projectile to the game hunted. The following loads have worked well for me:
1. Hornady super performance 265 gr flat point deer to moose.
2. Beartooth 290 gr with RL 7 powder deer to bear ( see load share beartooth bullets for details).
3. Beartooth 355 gr with RL 7 powder deer to large brown bear. *** I took a 9 foot Kodiak Brown Bear with this load. This load hits like Thor's Hammer.
The 444 is a very versatile big bore.