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#6009140 - 01/06/12 01:06 PM R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express
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Got the 2012 Marlin catalog today. No mention whatsoever of rifles chambered in either .444 or .338 Express. That's an especially quick death for the .338. Guess I shouldn't be surprised since neither has been a huge seller, although the .444 had been available for a long time. I kept hoping for a "SBL" version of the .444 but I guess that's a pipe dream now. Maybe, hopefully, they'll bring these calibers back if/when Marlin gets all their production issues resolved but at least for 2012, they appear to be defunct...

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#6009157 - 01/06/12 01:10 PM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: SCGunNut]
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Registered: 12/21/08
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Sad. I have always wanted a .338 Marlin. I may have to see...
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#6009507 - 01/06/12 02:37 PM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: Ready]
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I hate to see that, especially in the case of the .444. I have always wanted to own one of those, but never got around to it.
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#6011444 - 01/07/12 04:56 AM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: CrimsonTide]
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I thought about buying a .444 Marlin several times, but with already owning a Marlin in the 45/70 GOVT just couldn't see the need and never bought one. There will be plenty of .444 Marlins floating around the used gun market, not so many of the .338 Marlin - that would be a good one to stock up on brass now if you own one.
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#6014894 - 01/07/12 09:14 PM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: SCGunNut]
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Come to think of it, there are no .450 Marlins listed either.

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#6016007 - 01/08/12 08:49 AM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: SCGunNut]
Swampman1 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/06
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The .308 Express, .338 Express, and .450 Marlin were/are answers to questions never asked. The .444 is a fantastic cartridge, and will be missed.
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#6016644 - 01/08/12 11:35 AM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: Swampman1]
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Registered: 09/25/01
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Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
I hope they get the 444 back in the lineup at some point.
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#6046369 - 01/15/12 07:14 AM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: MontanaMarine]
tbear99 Offline
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Registered: 11/29/02
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Loc: UPSTATE NY
i bought a 444 long time ago and love the gun
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#6075340 - 01/21/12 07:26 PM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: tbear99]
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Registered: 12/13/11
Posts: 283
Loc: California
That's to bad. I've got a .444 and a .450. The .450 is flat out the most best big pig gun I own.
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#6076340 - 01/22/12 04:47 AM Re: R.I.P. .444 Marlin & .338 Marlin Express [Re: Big_Iron]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Registered: 11/28/10
Posts: 10954
Loc: Central Louisiana
I have a couple of 45-70's, no .444's. If one was going to hand load and push the envelope, I think the .444 may be safer as it has more metal around the case. I 've seen photos of blown .45-70's on this forum. They're pretty thin thru the forward receiver and threaded part of the barrel. I don't push mine that hard; just saying.

DF

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