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Thread: Marlin in .444 is back

  1. #31
    CGN Regular CzyHorse's Avatar
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    Aug 2017
    SW Ontario
    If I did not already have a 45-70 I'd consider a 444. I'm waiting/hoping the 38-55's are going to show soon .

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ_Brno View Post
    Not a little. A lot. Submerge it in it you mean. It rusts just sitting inside the house unlike my other guns with the exception of an 870 which also rusts to beat hell. The older Remington's were just fine though.

    Thanks for coming out. I'd owned many many guns for 50 years BTW and am not new to this.

    I wonder if all Freedom Group guns have this QC problem? They should be ashamed of themselves.
    I've had no rusting issues with my 45-70 GBL or any of the other Remlins I own. If it's primarily inside the barrel, it's usually unflushed blueing salts, if you have warranty left, put in a claim.

    I'm not saying I've had no Remlin issues, I've just had no rusting issues.
    - used 1895G 45-70G from EE would not cycle some brands of factory ammo, new 336W 30-30 constantly breaking barrel band screws, and a new 1894 44 Mag with a fore end issue & lever screw hole threads not finished properly .

    I do not recommend buying a Remlin sight unseen. They have a history of QC issues to live down first. Some of the common QC issues that can be picked up at the retailer.
    -canted sights
    -no rifling
    -bluing salts not rinsed from barrel
    -poor stiff cycling - if retailer won't let you cycle gun, walk away and don't look back
    -poor fit & finish
    For a more complete rundown of common Remlin issues look at the marlin owners forum 'rant' section

    Other issues they hide at the factory are hard to find until you dissemble.

    Stuff like this little piece of plastic in my 1894 44 Mag. It was between the fore end and receiver, to keep the fore end tight/snug .
    Remlin has non-standard treads that require ordering the proper sized taps to clean out threads. I had to order a tap from Brownell's to clean out the lever screw hole in receiver of my 44 Mag so I could reassemble it.

    My guide to buying a Remlin is to visit a retailer that has more than 1 in stock, check off stuff on common issue list and pick the best of the bunch. I looked over/went over 5 - 1895GBL 45-70's before I selected the one I wanted. The only Remlin I did not dissemble to smooth out action was my newest, 1894 357 Mag /38 Spl (production stamp May 2018).
    ATM I own 4 Remlins, 1895GBL 45-70 Gov, 336GBL 30-30 Win, 1894 357 Mag/38 Spl and 1894 44 Mag/ 44 Spl. I enjoy reloading and shooting them all, I can't really say I have a favorite.

  2. #32
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    Jun 2012
    North Bay, ON
    I had the Outfitter for a long time. Best bush deer rifle ever. I put the IER Scout mount and scope on, which gave the whole thing great balance. The Speer Gold Dot bullet worked very well.
    Sold it, and shouldn't have.

  3. #33
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    Jan 2015
    Ottawa Ontario
    Quote Originally Posted by Gravel Agency View Post
    It's back!!

    The long-awaited return of the 444 Marlin is finally here and more reliable than ever before. This hard-hitting big-bore rifle will shoot a lighter bullet, faster, with a flatter trajectory, more energy (inside 200 yards) and with less recoil than a 45-70 Govt. The 444 Marlin is perfect for medium-sized, thin-skinned game like whitetail deer all the way up to the big brutes like moose and elk.

    22" barrel, Ballard rifling
    1:20" twist rate
    Adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sights
    Polished blue finish
    Four round magazine (total capacity 5)
    American black walnut stock with pistol grip

    40 1/2" long

  4. #34
    CGN Regular m1978's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    Great rifle. So much more pleasant to shoot hot than 45-70.

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