.444 Marlin 14" Contender
Friday, November 18, 2022, 08:28

I have been shooting a 14" contender in .444 Marlin (rechambered .44 mag barrel) since '85. When I first started loading for it, we found the 265 Hornady was the lightest bullet that could bring out the cartridges potential (with no shoulder area to help build pressure, you need bullet mass and neck tension to get decent velocities. I quickly discovered the Barnes original .44 Caliber 300 grain bullet and shot it for years right around 1950fps. We tried other companies' 300 grain .44 bullets as they were introduced. Eventually I ordered a mold and now cast a 345 grain bullet; driving it to 1750fps.

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