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Local Gun shop has a '78 model 444 in very good to excellent condition.
Bluing is a strong 95% or better.
Wood seems to be more of an oil finish rather than "Mar-Shield" finish.
Price is $399.
I've never owned a .444 and do not know what they are bringing these days.
Fair price or should I hold out for an older model or better price?
Thanks!
WFR
 

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Since the bluing is good as is the wood I would check the action for smoothness and take a look at the bore. If that all checks out I would say that 399 is a great price I would jump on it. ;D
 

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As a feller told me once, "It's a Marlin and they ain't makin' any more of them."

You might go a long time to find a better one that old for less money.
 

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I would jump quick on buying that gun; it's very reasonably priced!
 

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My wifes 444 is a 1979 444S, great gun, fit and finish is outstanding! Plus it's a shooter.
 

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If the rifle checks out it is a good price. I paid $350 for my 82 production two years ago. The shop was asking 425 but prices drop after hunting seasion. Do not tell the shop I would have paid the 425 ;D. Good price on a great rifle.
 
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