Reloading a 444 Marlin w/ 300gr


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Bullnettles
December 6, 2008, 03:44 PM
I have been looking at recipes from a few books and thought that would be an awesome load (for hunting bear) to try out. But I have been reading about certain types of bullets wearing down barrels in various guns. Would this potentially harm my 444? Thanks

BN

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rcmodel
December 6, 2008, 05:12 PM
NO.

Jacketed bullets do in fact wear out barrels faster then pure lead alloy, grease lubricated bullets.

But the barrel life of a .444 Marlin would be measured in the many thousands of rounds, regardless of the type of bullet used.

What wears out a barrel quickly is erosion, from burning huge loads of powder, at very high pressure, and driving the white-hot gas & bullet through a very small hole at extremely high velocity.

The .444 doesn't fit any of those criteria.

What you may have read pertains to very old black-powder rifles. The barrels on those were made of low-grade soft steel, because they were designed only for lead bullets & black powder. And better steel was neither available, or needed.
Jacketed bullets will shorten the life of those barrels.

Your .444 Marlin barrel is made of much better stuff!

rcmodel

Bullnettles
December 6, 2008, 05:52 PM
Thank you for the info. I should be loading some up sometime this week. :D

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