I found out today what I have been missing
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    Sidewinder
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    I found out today what I have been missing

    Dang, took the new Marlin .444 XLR out and what a sweet shootin rifle this is. Here I have been stuck in 45-70 land shooting big bores with single shot rifles ie C Sharps 45-70, and Remington Rolling Block in 45-90.

    But now I am hung up on this new cartridge :roll: got the dies, bullets and primers and will begin to reload my empties tomorrow. No one locally has any empty brass to sell... don't carry the .444 Marlin and look at ya strange when you ask for it. So gonna order 100 from Midway as it is cheaper that way.
    b]JP[/b]

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    I found out today what I have been missing

    [size=18px]Congrats on your new Marlin 444 XLR, I sure love mine!

    --Ken
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    I found out today what I have been missing

    Enjoy the new toy JP...
    Danny

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    I found out today what I have been missing

    The purists are quick to say nasty things about the XLR, but I think they are very slick and very accurate. They are also very practical for a hot, wet and sweaty hunt.

    Congratulations and enjoy your fine rifle in a great caliber.

    Snow.
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    Sidewinder
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    I found out today what I have been missing

    Usually the hunting season here is not hot and sweaty, but very cold and wet, so a good all weather anti rust rifle is proper.
    b]JP[/b]

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    I found out today what I have been missing

    I think you'll like the .444 and the XLR.

    My .444 is a 444S (22", blue, walnut) but "close enough." It's my only big bore and I've never even fired a 45-70. I am sure they are good guns, too.

    What I like about the .444:
    1. the cartridge was designed specifically for the Marlin platform,
    2. although there are plenty of combinations of components that can be made into effective handloads, a relative small number of (jacketed) bullets and powders will give optimal results,
    3. factory ammo, which I choose to hunt with, is optimized for use in the Marlins, and
    4. the .444 Marlin fits my hunting style (up close and personal) for the game I hunt most, deer and elk.

    What's not to like about the .444 Marlin?!
    "Hunt close, then get closer."
    Team .444 -- Member #22


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