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 Post subject: 444 Marlin 300g Speer "Plinker" Wild hog media..
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:34 am 
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I'm still holding Scotty's 444 Marlin hostage trying to get him to come to Florida to shoot some hogs with me. Every now and again I have to rub it in a little just to fan the flames..

I have a local friend who has been telling me that he has a HUGE hog in the orange grove across the street from his house and I am welcome to come over and help him tactically remove it..
Saturday night I got off work an hour before dark, grabbed the 444 and took off for the grove. I have it loaded with the last few 300 grain speer plinkers that I have. Seems they have been discontinued and I can't find them anymore.
We hopped on the golf cart and eased around the back of the grove and about 1/4 of the way in got busted by a wee little pig... It took off running and several more that were undetected under the trees took off with them. I jumped off the cart and ran parallel to the end of the grove trying to get ahead of them.. After several rows I stopped and got ready. As the first one ran into the row, it stopped.. Several more piled in and the grove row filled with hogs. I picked out the largest one and pulled the trigger. WHOOP, it sounded like busting a melon.. and a hog hit the dirt. I was pretty sure I shot it to far back, but it appeared it didn't matter. Most of them ran to the right and I gave flight after to no avail. We returned to the cart, drove down to the hog and started loading it up. I was shocked to find there was no exit wound. I could not figure how a 300 grain bullet didn't blast right thru a hog of roughly 120 pounds.

With the hog loaded up, we continued thru the grove a little farther, rounded a corner and found a second, larger hog, laying dead in the middle of the road. A quick examination showed a very large, fresh entrance and exit wound, poorly placed in the mid section. Then I understood why there was no exit on the first hog I found. I weighted the 300 grain plinker JSP after recovery at 260.6.. 87% weight retention.. I do not believe these bullets are bonded, but they look like they are recovered now from jugs and pork. I have fired this rifle at live game now three times and have a doe and three hogs to show for it. I'm sure that is the only rifle in my safe with a kill ratio greater than 100%

The little hog that busted us going in may have kept us from getting the big boy.. but now we still have a reason to go back and try again.

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The bullet was recovered after passing thru the spine and stopping inside the backstrap of the second hog.

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The 28 rounds in the bottom of the case are the last 300 grain JSP's, the top 17 rounds are the 270 deepcurls I just loaded but have not put on paper yet.. Would love to test them next.

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 Post subject: Re: 444 Marlin 300g Speer "Plinker" Wild hog media..
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:08 am 

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Excellent account of a profitable hunt! Ya' havta' love how that 300 grainer punched through the first hog to flatten the second! Wow. Mass does have an advantage.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:31 am 
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Nice! I use the 300 Sierras with a firm LFC crimp

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Very nice Dano! Glad that old 444 is keeping those hogs in check :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:26 pm 
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Very impressive! Thanks for sharing.


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The Triple-Four has some thump! (y)


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