The stock design of the Marlin is pretty bad for heavy recoil. The lever raps your index finger, the drop at comb creates some upward movement and the overall effect is a bit unpleasant from a bench, better from off hand through sitting. Mine is ported which reduces muzzle flip a bit. It should be about 20 % heavier than the 444. You can see the recoil in this video...It's shootable but not enjoyable with full power 400 grain loads from the bench or prone. Quite a bit more fun bad from standing or sitting.

Last edited by North61; 04/24/21.