I've been having a lot of fun this year shooting all my lever guns strictly(sp) with open sights. I've actually found that with decent aperture sights, I can consistently hit 4 to5 inch targets at 100 yards.
I thought why not add to the fun and make some smoke with my .444 marlin. It's one of the newer models with the ballard rifling. I don't recall how many grains of fffg fit in there but if I drop tube (used arrow shaft) enough in the cases and seat a 300 gr. lee gc lubed with SPG lube on top so I crush about 1/8" getting down to the crimp groove then crimp it with the lee crimper, that guy shoots in those 4" 100 yard circles!
I didn't chrono these loads yet, but I don't think I would be afraid to cap a whitetail or even a decent size hog with those loads. Lots of smoke and noise to boot. You just can't beat the boom you get with that powder.
I was wondering if anyone knew of any commercial bullet moulds for pure pb that are sized for the .444? I hope no one thinks I'm silly for doing this because all the bpcr shooters seem to use 45-70's or other 45 calibers, but for me, this will have to do.
Any suggestions to improve what I'm doing would be welcome. This is making me think about a Marlin octagon in 45-70 whenever it is that I can afford one.