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    Though the 444 Marlin Hornady Superformance is great factory ammo, I have been able to recreate it by reloading for about half the cost.
    Last edited by Ret_Eng; 06-10-2019 at 08:06 AM.
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    And, if you want something a little less powerful, you can load it down. I load 240 grainers at 2150 fps for deer/pigs. Softer recoil and plenty of punch for the job.

    That said, the 444 Marlin is one of my favorite cartridges. And, Hornady does load toward the top end in performance.

    T.S.
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    I reload but still like Sharkbait's strategy.

    Am I correct in thinking that the 350 Legend brass can't be formed from 5.56 brass?

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    Supposedly the 350 Legend is a blown out 223 casing.
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    I think the velocities advertised were with a light bullet in 140gr range. This may be a winner in sales for Win. It's a triple threat. It meets the Straight case laws, Case length laws and is friendly to ARs. Actually another plus is ammo at $9.99 per 20 box. I'm pretty sure it's blown out 223/5.56 so brass is no problem. Bore is .357 so bullet choice is wide. I don't want one but maybe a good choice for kids & women or guys just wanting legal deer gun in one of the states with calber restrictions. The black rifle crowd here in Ohio can't wait to get their hands on the uppers. I can see a lot of 1895 Marlins on the used market here. Most of the young guys with ARs have bought 45/70 to use on deer. If they can use their ARs the 95s will go to market in a heart beat. It's the ghost of the old 351 win.
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    Well, Iím enjoying the snot out of the 2 350 Legend ARs Iíve built. Mild blast and recoil. Groundhog accuracy at 125yds so far with the cheap FMJ ammo. Iím pretty sure one of these 2 will be with me opening day for Ohio deer this fall. I gave up hauling around my 1895 SBL 3 years ago.
    In all seriousness this is turning out to be a great round. I was looking to cut down on the blast of my 450BM after a freehand shot rattled my head last season. Iíve come to enjoy hunting with an AR and built these to see what they could do. I need to do a good cleaning of both and will see what the 180gr power points will do for accuracy. Federal and Hornady will have more ammo out soon.
    I bought a case of the FMJ so Iím not worried about brass. Itís legal, light, handy hunting gun that is certainly capable of killing a deer.
    Someone please tell me the downside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke Ratchet View Post
    What will this cartridge do that a .30-30 or .38-55 will not do?

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    It will fit in a CZ 527 and make the neatest, compact 5.5 pound bolt carbine for straight-cased rifle States. It's a .223 Rem/5.56 NATO case blown out straight and trimmed to 1.71", so brass is essentially free. Range pick-ups should provide all the shell cases a guy needs forever. It's a 200 yard brush cartridge, and it gives hunters in straight-case States another choice.
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    Why would you want to do that? My 44 mag reloads almost match that in a carbine and beat it in my CB LTD.

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Shooter View Post
    And, if you want something a little less powerful, you can load it down. I load 240 grainers at 2150 fps for deer/pigs. Softer recoil and plenty of punch for the job.

    That said, the 444 Marlin is one of my favorite cartridges. And, Hornady does load toward the top end in performance.

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    Fact is, I no longer own a rifle in 44 mag. I traded it for a sweet Savage 99H takedown in 25-35 circa 1913. Beyond that, my 444s offer more flexibility than the 44. And, I have quite a few 444s.

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