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    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.

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    Welcome from Oz. I would love to see Alaska one day. Preferably in summer.lol.
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    Thanks, It should be obvious that a .444 can handle all North American game. Real life experences like yours kills the Naysayers debate.
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    Welcome to MO, I think you will like it here, I only hunt with 444's with the 1-38 twist MicroGroove, and I only use Reloader# 7 powder, one day God willing and if I can save enough money, I would very much like to hunt the big Bears, most likely one of my 350gr loads will be used, maybe even the 444AA. I do believe you can hunt the World with the 444 Marlin, if you have it loaded like it should be!

    Their are only two kinds of people, those who own a 444 and those who wish they owned one, and yes folks, denial is bliss!

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    Welcome to MO! Thanks for the info.
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    A big welcome from Georgia and much thanks for the first hand performance information!
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    How did the bullet perform on the bear penetration, tissue destroyed, shot angle and were did you hit him. Thanks. Widow
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    Skywagon, welcome to the MO Family, from here in west central Mo. Thanks for the first hand experience info on the triple 4, we hear alot sometime about what a caliber ''won't do'', good to hear what it will do. I think that too many folks are caught up in the Magnumitis of a caliber, if it ain't Magnum, it won't kill whatever. People forget that man has been harvesting game with all sorts of firearms that weren't Magnums, I know I sometimes let logic enter an equation, but I think it is needed here. Take care, John.
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    Welcome to MO from South Carolina! Great report on the triple 4! I always liked that round, great to hear it is doing what it was designed to do!
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    Welcome from south Alabama. My research team (me ) is ready to join you and do the same research with the ole 45-70. I need to be there with you to validate this very important research. Lol


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