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.444 marlin

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by airbornekyle1, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. airbornekyle1

    airbornekyle1 New Member

    Mar 16, 2005
    whats the recoil like on a .444 or .450 or 45-70
  2. JohnBT

    JohnBT Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Richmond, Virginia
    To me a .45/70 kicks about like a 12 ga. magnum duck load in an 870. I haven't shot a .444 since my uncle sold his years ago, but as I remember it kicked a lot more. Oh wait, he didn't sell it, he returned it to his brother-in-law after shooting deer with it for 7 years. He went back to using his .30-06 BAR. John

  3. meh92

    meh92 New Member

    May 31, 2004
    N.E. OH
    It depends. I have a Marlin 444P Outfitter with the 18" factory ported barrel. I added a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad and now I can shoot pretty much the full range of loads in relative comfort. I'm not sure how effective the ports are, but the difference in recoil pads (versus the hard-rubber factory piece) is night and day. My favorite load for it is Hornady's new light-magnum 265gr FP. It recoils like a 20ga with slugs. My last trip to the range was accuracy testing with about 6 different loadings ranging from 240gr SP's (powder puffs) to 300gr SP's, all at full-power. I shot 90 rounds in one sitting, from the bench, and wasn't too beat up at all.

    The recoil would depend a lot on the rifle settup and load, but I don't have any problems with mine at all. I'm no glutton for punishment, either.

    If you handload, the versatility of the 444M is outstanding. If you plan on only using factory loaded rounds, your choice is a bit limited, and quite expensive.

    I love my Marlin and it is solidly on the "never sell" list.
  4. 444

    444 Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    I have broken two Lyman peep sights with my handloads using a 300 grain bullet at 2200 fps out of the .444 Marlin.
    I have a picture of me shooting a .45/70 off the bench with a MAX loaded big bullet. The picture shows my ear muffs, and hat flying through the air.

    On the other hand, I have loads that are nearly silent and have no perceptable recoil.
    Your question is far too broad.
  5. esldude

    esldude Member

    Feb 28, 2003
    Have shot both 45/70 and 444 Marlin. Both were pretty accurate. And I too would put them in the vincinity of 12 gauge birdshot.

    The 45/70 wasn't so much different in amount, as the proverbial big push rather than the sharp jab. The 444 was more along the lines of a sharp jab, though not so sharp as a 300 Win Mag.

    Some 30-06's with bad stocks I don't like in recoil. I thought however the two big Marlins had invigorating recoil if that makes any sense.

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