Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TimM, Mar 4, 2016.
People that have them seem to love them. You will find a lot of info about them on the Marlin Owners forum.
2.205" against 2.06" for the Hornady
Me either. That is really what my question is about. I can't find any useful info on it and my gun dealer didn't have any info in his books about it either.
Take the first 2 numbers from the serial number, subtract that from 100...that's the date of manufacture. For example if the serial # was 28xxxxxxx, the year is 100-28=72 (1972)
It will shoot both like said above. But all loads listed in the manuals, except for ones for Hornady FTX bullets, use the standard length brass. Trim to length is 2.215.
I should have been a little more clear. Hornady makes both standard length brass. As well as short brass for use w/ their FTX bullets. If you use short brass w/ standard length loads you are going to increase the pressure by a good bit. I like the short brass for reforming into other cases. Most people don't want them and can be picked up fairly cheap.
I have a friend who has one from the 1st year of production with that butt stock. His has a 24" barrel.
You can look up the DOM here. Subtracting the 1st 2 digits from 100 only works on 1972 and newer guns. I'm betting this is a 1960's production.
On the 336's with straight stocks and either 18 or 20" barrels (mostly 20") they were known as Texan models. Some early versions were stamped 336T. Most were just 336.
They have made a few 336's with 16" barrels, the Mauraders from the 1960's and the LTS from the 1980's as well as a youth gun from a few years ago.
The only big bores I've ever seen with barrels shorter than 22" were the guide guns.
new Marlins will gladly pay it. Yours would have been call a Maurader with a 16" barrel, and they never made a .444 Marauder . John Taffin talked of some modifacation back a fes years on his blog. I never heard of a 444 outfitter with 18 1/2" barrel either: http://www.sixguns.com/BookOfThe44/bot44c39.htm
This is a very interesting carbine and probably one of a kind with this shorty barrel.
Good hunting to you.
The market soon convinced them that a lower stock and a shorter barrel would fit the character of the cartridge better. My guess is that somebody shortened the barrel since it was new.
Here's a link to an old auction where a rifle very similar to yours is pictured with its original long barrel.
That's one sweet looking carbine! Enjoy!
,nice gun I have the 444P,great shooters.
I started a thread on Cast Boolets a few years ago about my "new" Marlin 444S. There was a lot of discussion and some of it included some mention of the 444T model.
The thread is here: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?172885-Tell-me-about-my-Marlin-444S
It has a 1972 serial number.
Gordon, Thanks for the link, that was very informative reading.
I'm tossing that idea around but I'm probably gonna remove the Williams peep and put a Skinner on it. I have several lever actions and I just can't bring myself to scope them, for me personally it ruins the lines and the nostalgia.
natman, thanks. It was nice to see it in it's original configuration.
Reloadron, I grew up in WV, lived there for the first three and a half decades of my life. I go back every year to hunt.
Elkins45, thanks. There's a lot of good info in that thread. I bookmarked it.
What ever it is, it is certainly different than any I've seen. I can't tell whether it is modified, or a very rare production rifle that was never cataloged. Either way it looks like a keeper.
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