The 444 Marlin was introduced in the mid- 60's to give their model 336 Levergun a boost in horsepower. Over the years the .444 has been offered in a number of rifles and even a few pistols. It is another caliber that is seeing new life due to the changing game laws in many states allowing straightwall cartridges for deer hunting where they were previously limited to slug guns and muzzleloaders.
* Starline Brass does not sell any loaded ammunition. What you are purchasing are brass cases only and will need to be loaded into ammunition in order to be fired from a firearm.
I bought 250 of these to use in 45/.410 handguns using alliant 2400 and magnum pistol primers. They're a bit shorter than actual 410 2.5" hulls but it beats the heck out of finding and fireforming 303 british or 9.3x74R. There is some minor fireforming as they lose that characteristic .444 taper - but they basically don't need any attention short of de-priming after the first firing and will likely survive forever at such a low pressure. As I understand it this set up is not recommended for lever or pump guns (at least not without some significant tweaks) but they work just fine in my bond arms derringer and governor.
Larry Pohovich Palm Coast Fl, Florida
May 18, 2018
I can always count on Starline brass for making the caliber brass I use. Like the .444 Marlin and the 357 Maximum. Noticed that premier ammo manufacturing outfits like Underwood are using their brass so it has to be good. I have no complaints but only thumbs up for Starline brass.
Joseph Leighty Scottdale, Pennsylvania
March 16, 2017
I received a few of these cases for a trial run for making 309 JDJ cartridges. I know that 99.9% of these reviews are for people that simply use the cases for what they were intended and for that purpose these cases are wonderful. They are well made as usual and perfect in every dimension. Making of a 309 JDJ requires some additional work so be prepared. I was able to make the 309 from these cases but not before ruining a few. First they will need to be annealed. Secondly you will need to make this a three step sizing process. First use a 358 Win sizing die to start the downsizing and then go to a 308 Win sizing die. The double step process will ease the reforming of the brass which is heavy duty and wonderful once you get there. Other JDJ calibers should work much smoother and may not require annealing but be prepared. I highly recommend Starline and have thousands of cases which have not failed me yet. I keep looking for new offerings and would buy them in a heartbeat. Keep up the great product Starline.
Chuck Donohue Schenectady, New York
January 29, 2017
Perfect. As usual. I've been buying from you folks forever. My grandfather got me hooked on startline brass. You 444 Marlin brass is perfect. So nice to have brass that is perfect to begin with than trying to make old factory brass work again in my Marlin 444S. Thanks again!
John Ferguson Helotes, Texas
December 19, 2016
Thanks Starline, great product!
Another product produced from the efforts and interest of Leverscoundrels and Marlin Owners. The 444 is where its at.
Christopher Johnson Alliance, Ohio
December 16, 2016
I've tested this brass against other brands, and can honestly say it is the most consistent and strongest brass available for the 444 Marlin. If you want to improve accuracy in your rifle, Starline's uniform flash holes and case dimensions with minimal variances will help you achieve that right out of the box.
Charles D Xenia, OH, Ohio
November 24, 2016
I've had two .444 Marlins since their introduction and have fired mainly reloads in them. Not pretty guns but the kind that get you out of bad situations and leave an impression on you and what you hit. Other hunters ask to use them. Now that STARLINE has brought out brass, I feel the value of my two locomotives have just doubled in value!
Ray Buford-T Stony Point, New York
November 08, 2016
Thank you, Starline !!! I've been hoping you would offer the 444 Marlin brass for a looong time.
I'm sure the quality will be just like All the other brass/calibers you offer,,, Outstanding!!! :)