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Good luck to Michigan deer hunters tomorrow. I live in firearm restricted zone so I'm hunting with my 444 Marlin with modified ammo, what are you guys hunting with?

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Good luck out there. EG in 300 for me. 303 for my oldest son and 44 mag in a Marlin lever for my youngest. St Hubert grant me a buck so big that when recounting the tale, even I will have no need to exaggerate. Amen.


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Originally Posted by Polecat
Good luck to Michigan deer hunters tomorrow. I live in firearm restricted zone so I'm hunting with my 444 Marlin with modified ammo, what are you guys hunting with?

Lee

How are you modifying the 444 ammo. Loading it down? I'm working on a 444 Rimless.


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I’m hunting with my 45-70 in between Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Shortened case , full powder charge. Stupidest thing I ever heard !!


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How are you modifying the 444 ammo. Loading it down? I'm working on a 444 Rimless.[/quote]


Joe, the restrictions only allow for rifles using a straight wall case no longer than 1.8 inches. I shorten the case and seat the bullet shallow to keep the same basic cartridge over all length and powder capacity. So I'm not loading down, I get 2300 fps with a 265 gr bullet.
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I make my reloads a bit shorter than factory rounds because the factory FTX loads don't feed reliably in my old Marlin.


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Good luck to all ye Michiganders.


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All set to go, going to bed soon. Going to use a 50 Beowulf ,at least a day or two. Than a 300 T good Hunting to All.

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I be using your buddy’s 45-70 barrel.


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Originally Posted by Polecat
How are you modifying the 444 ammo. Loading it down? I'm working on a 444 Rimless.


Joe, the restrictions only allow for rifles using a straight wall case no longer than 1.8 inches. I shorten the case and seat the bullet shallow to keep the same basic cartridge over all length and powder capacity. So I'm not loading down, I get 2300 fps with a 265 gr bullet.
[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]
I make my reloads a bit shorter than factory rounds because the factory FTX loads don't feed reliably in my old Marlin.


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Fascinating, thanks.


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Originally Posted by Polecat
How are you modifying the 444 ammo. Loading it down? I'm working on a 444 Rimless.


Joe, the restrictions only allow for rifles using a straight wall case no longer than 1.8 inches. I shorten the case and seat the bullet shallow to keep the same basic cartridge over all length and powder capacity. So I'm not loading down, I get 2300 fps with a 265 gr bullet.
[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]
I make my reloads a bit shorter than factory rounds because the factory FTX loads don't feed reliably in my old Marlin.


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Gotcha. When MD went straight wall they didn’t put a case limit on them. If I can get these to work in my 99C, they will be legal in MD, but 30-30 isn't. Yep stupid laws out there. Guess we take what we can get?
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The legalities of which you speak, Joe, only pertain to the old "shotgun only", densely populated/flat portions of the state. In the "good" areas we've enjoyed sensible unhindered cartridge selection all along.


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I've been trying to call oldotter all morning to wish him luck. I guess he's sitting in the woods with his phone turned off. Silly man. On the other hand maybe he's too busy dragging one out.

Saddlering on the other hand is probably perched in a tree with a knife clenched in his teeth, waiting to pounce on a deer and wrestle it mano-a-mano.

Those Michigan hunters don't mess around.


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Feeling 112 right now! The big wulf, came thru for me at 2:30 big 8 chased 2 does out of the thick stuff! He went 60 yards back in the thick stuff and died. Had a couple of inches of tracking snow, snowed all day! I found him ,and tagged and gutted him. Good rack but big deer, draged him 160 yrds 50 up hill. A buddy came to help me drag him in the sled the 200 yards to where I could drive to him. 1/4 mile walk to the Jeep tho! Buddy's side by side is in the shop.


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Congrats!

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Need some pictures please!


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I'm not able to post pics! Didn't get any with me and the deer, just a few with the deer and rifle!


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Congrats!

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Congrats John. I don't need pics to believe you...... cool

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