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Recently my dad passed away, and in the process of cataloging everything, I've ended up with a few firearms: A Ruger M77 .300 Win Mag; A captured WWII Vintage sporterized German 8mm Mauser (that's for another post); and a Marlin 336 in .444 Marlin.

The .300 has no issues, and will become my long range elk rifle. The 8mm, while I hunted with it as a young lad is more a curiosity than a go-to. The .444 however has a little more meaning to me, as it was the rifle my dad packed when I was a kid. He got it new back in the 70s, and while it may have ended up in the back of the safe after we bought him the .300 mag in the 90s (and he ended up being more into archery than rifle hunting) it has done it's share of putting the meat on the table.

Anyhow, I plan to make this my go-to deer rifle, since a lot of my whitetail hunting is in the thicker brush and close range. Luckily, I have the supplies to reload since it uses the same bullet as the .44 Mag (just gotta get the dies).

My hangup is finding factory ammo locally. I have searched, and AmmoSeek does list a bunch of vendors. What surprises me most is that there are really only offerings from Hornady, Remington, and Buffalo Bore.

So, all that being said, who's the best go-to guys for online ammo purchases? thanks.
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For that ammo, I think you are going to have to go with whoever has it in stock.

Also...if you have a mom and pop place, ask them what they would charge you to order some for you; they can do it, and they may make it worth your while.

My LGS would regularly beat the sporting goods store prices, and without paying shipping, I could even beat the online bulk guys sometimes, and almost always for things like 6.5 Swede.
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I know someone who has a .444 Marlin. Fun rifle to shoot. But he handloads for it. Since you handload as well, have you considered just picking up once fired brass and only rolling your own instead of a mix of factory and handloaded ammo?
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. . . Since you handload as well, have you considered just picking up once fired brass and only rolling your own instead of a mix of factory and handloaded ammo?
Yes.

But I'd like to create that once-fired brass
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Buy your new brass here. https://www.starlinebrass.com/brass-cases/444-Marlin/

IIRC you can load the 444 with your 44 mag dies. The most you would have to buy is a full length sizer die. But I would try it with the mag dies first. Straight walled cases don't expand much. As long as the brass is fired in your rifle you shouldn't need to full length size the brass.
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You can also find brass at www.midwayusa.com. It most likely will be starline though

I would use an actual 444 Marlin seating die to get a roll crimp on the bullet, if not a dedicated crimping die. Might as well buy the full set

Handgun bullets expand faster at rifle velocities so choose your bullets carefully

I wanted one back in the day and ended up with a Marlin in 375 Winchester, a guy offered me a pretty penny for it and I let it go, don't regret it but I still do want a 444

I use to have a lot of load data for it including multiple ball rounds. I'll do some digging for it

Good luck with it
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444 Marlin is not a straight case. Unless you plan on kinda/sorta neck sizing, you need dedicated dies. Ammunition can be had at Graf for reasonable money, call it ~$35 a box.
Should you reload make sure to check case length as this is one of those that Hornady decided to **** with a la leverevolution.
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My advice is to order dies and new brass from a dealer or mail order house. Most of my guns have never fired a factory round. You might as well pick up a couple of bullet moulds while you are at it.
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Nice!

Those 70's 1895 Marlins are outstanding firearms.

.444 Marlin is a excellent round for everything here except maybe long range antelope or prarie dogs.
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Would 2nd the recommendation on Starline brass...

https://www.ammunitiontogo.com/searc...rds=marlin+444

For once-fired...
https://www.diamondkbrass.com/.444-M...P-H.S.-25.html
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If you look you can find a Lyman 310 loading set for the 444. I would get the optional tap in full length case sizer and the cast bullet sizer for it also. Fully functional reloading kit that weighs only a few pounds, with supplies.
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Recently my dad passed away, and in the process of cataloging everything, I've ended up with a few firearms: A Ruger M77 .300 Win Mag; A captured WWII Vintage sporterized German 8mm Mauser (that's for another post); and a Marlin 336 in .444 Marlin.

The .300 has no issues, and will become my long range elk rifle. The 8mm, while I hunted with it as a young lad is more a curiosity than a go-to. The .444 however has a little more meaning to me, as it was the rifle my dad packed when I was a kid. He got it new back in the 70s, and while it may have ended up in the back of the safe after we bought him the .300 mag in the 90s (and he ended up being more into archery than rifle hunting) it has done it's share of putting the meat on the table.

Anyhow, I plan to make this my go-to deer rifle, since a lot of my whitetail hunting is in the thicker brush and close range. Luckily, I have the supplies to reload since it uses the same bullet as the .44 Mag (just gotta get the dies).

My hangup is finding factory ammo locally. I have searched, and AmmoSeek does list a bunch of vendors. What surprises me most is that there are really only offerings from Hornady, Remington, and Buffalo Bore.

So, all that being said, who's the best go-to guys for online ammo purchases? thanks.
Underwood ammo has a factory load, but I wouldn't call it a whitetail slayer. ( too mention it is expensive.

Midway and cheaper than dirt both carry 444 Marlin last I looked.

Since you want to use 444 to hunt whitetails in the brush, the Remington Core lokt is one of the better bullets for that endeavor. ( Factory ammo)

Worth it to hit up a fee gunshows in your area as well. ( Factory ammo, once fired brass, etc.....)

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Friend of mine, a member here also, showed me an article on the.444 for survival that was extremely interesting. I'll mention it to him and see if he can forward it to you.
We used the article info to make a bunch of really neat .45-70 loads by extrapolation of the data.
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Robert K Sherwood wrote an article, "The 444, formula for survival".
An excellent piece it gives a lot of data for unusual handloads.

Anyone interested, I can send a copy on.

Late2Prep, fun loads weren't they?
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SG ammo has 444 leverevolution in stock for $32 and change. This is my go to ammo dealer and I have always been happy with them for 7 or 8 years. It does help that they are in Stillwater Ok and I am in N Texas so it gets here in 2 days.
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