Marlin

The popularity of the .44 Magnum revolver cartridge as a rifle round prompted Marlin, in 1964, to introduce their .444 Marlin. This cartridge is, in essence, an extra long .44 Magnum.

It fires the same 240 grain soft point but at nearly 2400 FPS as compared to about 1800 FPS for the average .44 Magnum rifle. The .444 Marlin is much more powerful than the older .3030 Winchester or .35 Remington, and at close ranges is on par with the .348 Winchester. However, the bullet sectional density is insufficient for deep penetration on larger game and contributes to a rapid loss in velocity. Therefore, the .444 Marlin should be limited in hunting large North American game to about 150 yards. Use of Hornady's 265 grain soft point will improve its effectiveness on large game.

The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the .444 Marlin is 44,000 C.U.P.

.444 MARLIN

Gun

DOUGLAS

Max Length

2.225"

Barrel Length

24"

Trim Length

2.205"

Primer

REM 9°

OAL Max

2.570"

Case

REM

OAL Min

2.500"

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

C.U.P.

Length

Comment

200 (L) FNGC

5744

34.2

1958

5744

38.0

2225

41,000

2.560"

Penny's

240 (L) SWC

5744

32.4

1804

5744

36.0

2051

39,200

2.570"

Penny's

HDY 200 XTP

5744

36.0

2021

5744

40.0

2297

42,400

2.520"

1680

54.2

2566

1680

57.0

2730

41,300

Case Full

2015

57.0

2409

2015

60.0

2563

42,700

Compressed

2230

58.0

2326

2230

61.0

2474

42,700

Compressed

2460

58.9

2338

2460

62.0

2487

42,800

Compressed

SRA 240 HP

5744

33.3

1820

5744

37.0

2069

41,900

2.520"

2015

52.3

2217

2015

55.0

2359

43,000

Compressed

2230

54.2

2181

2230

57.0

2320

44,000

2460

54.2

2138

2460

57.0

2274

42,700

HDY265 SP

5744

31.5

1692

5744

35.0

1923

40,500

2.570"

2015

49.4

2088

2015

52.0

2221

41,500

2230

52.3

2074

2230

55.0

2206

44,000

2460

53.2

2084

2460

56.0

2217

43,700

Compressed

2520

52.3

2036

2520

55.0

2166

39,300

Compressed

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