SOLD FOR: $1175
Serial Number: 12052266
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Caliber: .444 Marlin
Action Type: Lever Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT., U.S.A. / 444SS MICRO-GROOVE BARREL CAL. 444 MARLIN”. The left side of the barrel at the receiver is marked with a “JM” proof. The upper tang is marked with the serial number. The right side of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a “U” notch folding rear sight which can be adjusted for elevation which is dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The front sight is a hooded beaded blade on a serrated ramped riser which is screwed to the barrel. The top of the barrel is drilled, tapped, and filled in four places for mounting an optic (not included). Side mounted to the receiver is a Lyman peep sight that is fully adjustable. The aperture piece is missing from the sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and a brown firm Marlin buttpad. The forearm is capped and has a sling swivel and there is another in the belly. There is a Marlin bullseye in the belly as well. There are a few light scuffs scattered about the wood and light wear to the finish. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, which shows light wear. The stocks rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the Micro-Groove rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks on the receiver. There is some finish loss on the loading gate. There is very light operational wear. The barrel shows infrequently scattered light marks. The screw heads are sharp and the pinheads are unmarred. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lever locks up well and the hammer has a half-cock safety position in addition to a lever safety. There is also a puch safety on the receiver. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Created in 1964 as a joint venture between Marlin and Remington, the .444 Marlin cartridge was developed to fill the space left after .45-70 lost popularity in the United States. Able to push a 240 grain projectile at 2,400 FPS, the cartridge can be used for even the largest game North America has to offer. It has an advantage over the .45-70 in that it was designed for use with smokeless powder, not for black powder. After the cartridge was completed, the Model 444 was released in 1965 and is just like a 336 with strength upgrades to handle the potent round. This rifle would be great for hunting or for a Marlin collection which doesn’t yet have a .444. The rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition with strong mechanics and a bright bore. Please see our photos and good luck!