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    Steve at Alaska Custom Firearms did a great job cutting the 444XLR down to 18. Had him install a big lever loop and bear proof injector too. Hoping to shoot some LeveRevlolution and handloads thru it if I can find the mystical shooting range that does or does not exist in the Gulkana/Glennallen area.

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    Good looking rifle for sure.Hope you get many great memories from it.
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    Dandy rig!

    Try some 300 grain Hawk bullets in it, and I bet you'll be a happy camper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tccak71 View Post
    Steve at Alaska Custom Firearms did a great job cutting the 444XLR down to 18. Had him install a big lever loop and bear proof injector too. Hoping to shoot some LeveRevlolution and handloads thru it if I can find the mystical shooting range that does or does not exist in the Gulkana/Glennallen area.

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    Gotta love a 444 just for you. I hope she remains one of your favorites.
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    I too just acquired a 444. And like you I couldn't live with the 24" barrel on the thing. I know it will cost me some velocity but the thing just handled like a telephone pole with that long tube. Mine is a second year of production gun, with the wacky Monkey Carlo straight grip stock and the bbl band forend and mag tube arrangement, strange looking rifle in factory form. I cut mine back to 20" and mounted an old Redfield Sourdough front sight in a new style Marlin ramp with one of our Ghostrings on the rear. The more I handle it now the more I'm liking the idea of having a 444, wasn't sure at first what with having a 45/70 and all. Let me know what you come up with when you start loading for it. I plan to use either the 300gr Speer Unicore or the 270gr Speer Golddot FN as of now. I need to come up with some brass though, haven't been able to locate any in town as of yet. Any of you guys with more 444 experience than me have a better powder suggestion than H4198, that's what I've been using for a friend when I load 444 for him but I haven't chronoed any of it, if it's loud he is happy.

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    Try 310 gr GC on top of RL 7. Works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kid View Post
    I plan to use either the 300gr Speer Unicore or the 270gr Speer Golddot FN as of now. I need to come up with some brass though, haven't been able to locate any in town as of yet. Any of you guys with more 444 experience than me have a better powder suggestion than H4198, that's what I've been using for a friend when I load 444 for him but I haven't chronoed any of it, if it's loud he is happy.
    The Speer 300 will be dandy at 444 velocities, giving reliable expansion and penetration up through moose-size critters. I pushed them a couple of hundred feet faster than a 444 from a wildcat (2200fps), and based on expansion on deer inside 50 yards, I'd be leery of it going much faster than 2k on moose up close. That's why I went to the Hawk, and it's enough tougher to make a big difference at over 2k.

    4198 was my go-to powder with 444, giving better accuracy and velocity from my gun that RL7. Interesting enough, RL7 gets the nod in my wildcat, perhaps due to the greater case capacity and a small shoulder.

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    Very nice rig! Stuff'r full of Leverloutions and hang on for the ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tccak71 View Post
    Steve at Alaska Custom Firearms did a great job cutting the 444XLR down to 18. Had him install a big lever loop and bear proof injector too. Hoping to shoot some LeveRevlolution and handloads thru it if I can find the mystical shooting range that does or does not exist in the Gulkana/Glennallen area.

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    great looking rifle! i agree with the leverevolution ammunition suggestion as it combines velocity with penetration. cast bullets are useful as well, and can be much cheaper. with the right ammo, what a 45-70 will do a 444 will do. i have tuned several marlins, and found the benefit from working jb paste on the bolt and lever. it is a simple chore requiring only application, then spend time working the lever. jb cleans up easily afterwards.
    with my short rifle i mounted talley extra low mounts and like them! best of luck with your fine rifle!!
    happy trails.
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    Mine is a second year of production gun, with the wacky Monkey Carlo straight grip stock and the bbl band forend and mag tube arrangement, strange looking rifle in factory form.
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    Pine, as per usual, sharp equipment ya got there!
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    10-4 there Chief, I might even be in on time tomorrow.

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