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    Copper or Lead Free Marlin 444 Bullets

    Can anyone tell me where I can obtain lead free bullets for reloading my 444 shells. We are in the crap state of Cali.

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    If you reload you could use the Barnes xpb bullet. Load data for it in the 444 is listed on Barnes website.
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    My opinion is that the best unleaded bullet for use with a 444 Marlin is the 44 Cal 240gr handgun bullet from Cutting Edge Bullets.
    https://cuttingedgebullets.com/44-240gr-handgun-solid

    I used the Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator 220gr bullet with good results on a bison last winter.
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/75...free-box-of-50

    I think the Barnes Bullet gives decent performance, but I never fell in love with the Barnes 225gr bullet in the 444 Marlin.

    Of the three, I would go with the Cutting Edge 240gr Handgun bullet. That Big meplat is what you want to deliver a serious thump on impact. The Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator works on entirely different physics and it is effective, but very little thump on the front end. The Barnes bullet is a bit antiquated but will get the job done for deer.
    The big cannelures on the Cutting Edge and Lehigh bullets allows for much greater velocities than the Barnes bullet. With the 220gr Lehigh Xtreme Bullet I found 50gr H4198 to be a max load with great accuracy over 2500fps from a 24" Microgroove barrel. I haven't done any load development with the Cutting Edge as of yet, but that is the best of the three. When I do up a load for the Cutting Edge bullet, I will be looking at a top end around 47 to 48 grains of H4198 or 49gr of RL7 and a velocity in the 2300-2400 velocity range. But those numbers are just projections until I test.
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    Another Lehigh Defense is 44 cal 265 gr
    https://www.lehighdefense.com/index....e-265gr-bullet

    have not purchased as shows 1:34 twist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog#52 View Post
    Can anyone tell me where I can obtain lead free bullets for reloading my 444 shells. We are in the crap state of Cali.

    Bulldog#52,

    Midway, Midsouth Shooters, and Natchezss are a good place to search for reloading product offerings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3Xs4T4 View Post
    Another Lehigh Defense is 44 cal 265 gr
    https://www.lehighdefense.com/index....e-265gr-bullet

    have not purchased as shows 1:34 twist
    WHOA!!! I wasn't aware of that bullet. That might be my new favorite lead free 44 cal bullet now. It obviously has a bigger meplat than the Cutting Edge. I like the additional weight. I'm buying me some of those for sure.
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    I went ahead and ordered some of them Lehigh Defense 265gr. Now I just might do some sort of comparison of unleaded 44 cal bullets for 444. 225gr Barnes XPB, 240gr Cutting Edge Handgun 44 cal, 220gr Lehigh Defense Penetrator, 250gr Lehigh Defense Penetrator, and 265gr Lehigh Defense Wide Flat Nose
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    I hate having to pull the lead chunks from my thanksgiving condor. Should use unleaded ammo to get my Condor, Good call.
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    Here is a line up of some unleaded 44 caliber bullet options
    P7100037 (2).JPG
    Left to right -
    Lehigh Defense 220gr Penetrator
    Barnes 225gr XPB
    Cutting Edge 240gr Handgun bullet
    Lehigh Defense 265gr Wide Flat Nose
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