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    • #68972
      todd
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      today i got around to chrony two loads…..

      500L
      tc encore/ 23″ MGM heavy factory barrel
      450gr lfn gc made from MBW
      16.5gr of hs-6
      1237fps avg of 5 shots
      8.02 std dev

      444 marlin
      tc encore/ 23″ MGM heavy factory barrel
      300gr fn gc (saeco/ 12+/-bhn/ Bullshop)
      24.0gr of 2400/dacron
      1625fps avg of 5 shots
      9.11 std dev

      the 444 was about right on with my guesstimate(1600fps), while the 500L guesstimate(1300+fps) was a little off. the 500L goes around 1 1/2 – 2″ at 100 yards(5shots/bench). the 444 marlin goes around 3/4 – 1″ at 100 yards(5 shots/bench). all rifles are dead on at 100 yards. its only to do 50 yards and less shot at a deer/black bear.

      i haven’t chroyed a load for years. about 12 years ago, i shot my last chronograph thru the screen. so i decided i didn’t need it. since i’ve been doing cast boolits, i figure what the h-e-double hockey sticks, so i bought a caldwell ballistic precision chrony.

    • #68983
      Jniedbalski
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      Always wanted a 444 marlyn

    • #68987
      todd
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      i really like the 444.  i use cast boolits(180-450?gr boolits) with no to little recoil. or if ya wantto, go full bore!!!

      i’ve shot at deer the 243, 25-06, 6.5cm, 260 rem, 270, 7x30waters,, 7-08, 7 mauser, 30-30, 30-40 krag, 308, 30-06, 32 win spl, 44 spl, 44 mag, 444 marlin and 45-70(theres some more but i forgot). the 30-30(win m94, post ’64) i have retired. i can’t remember how many deer i shot but i still have the m94(1st gun). the 30-40 krag is handed down to generations. it was my great grandpap, grandpap, dad, late uncle and finally to me. my son hunts with 2 or 3 days and someday it will be his. the 7 mauser has killed oodles of deer. it was my best rifle, but now son #1 has it. its a ’98 mauser with a 20″ douglas premium barrel, timney trigger, fajen fiberglass stock(looks like wood) and a 3-9x swift(when they had a over the counter guarantee).  i bought the action when he was 1 year old. it was always his, but i hunted with it till was 17y.o.  son #2 has a rem m7(18.5″ barrel), timney trigger, bed the barrel anda 3-9x swift(OTC guarantee) .

       

      a 444 marlin tc encore with a 23″ MGM barrel with a Sapphire Laminate high plains gunstock and a 3-9x leupold is the best rifle i have. it isn’t accurate, its not fast but it does do a variety cast boolit well.

    • #68988
      Larry Gibson
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      todd

      What’s the twist in your MGM 444 barrel?

      Larry Gibson

    • #68994
      todd
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      1 in 20″

    • #68995
      todd
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      i should have took a pix but…………..

      it was about 4-5 years ago when i had 12-14 pieces of 200gr hornady xtp. i loaded them up in my 444 with trail boss and i shot them at 50 yards. it was a 1 1/2″ at 50 yards, if i throw the one out, it goes to 3/4″ at 50 yards. i figure that is good group for 12-14 200gr xtp’s and trail boss.

      265gr hornady fn with 41.0gr of h4198

      200gr hornady xtp with 16.5gr of trail boss*

      275gr ranch dog with 41.0gr of rel7

      275gr ranch dog with 40.0gr of h4198

      280gr lfn gc with 41.5gr of rel7

      280gr lfn gc with 42.0gr of h4198

      250gr mihek hp with 11.5gr of unique*

      220gr wc with 13.0gr of unique*

       

      they are all sub minute groups(* = 50 yards) at 100 yards(5 shots/bench).  MGM does wonders for barrels!!!!

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