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Winchester 94 in 444 marlin
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I’m considering buying a model 94 in 444 marlin, it is a big bore, sadly with a tang safety

Serial is 6565xxx, barrel is 18 inches, heard it is called the “timber big bore”

I could not find much informations about it, so i was wondering maybe some of you have feedback on it

It will only be used at the range

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Hi Nicolas I,

Welcome to the WACA Forum! 

Most of our forum members are most knowledgeable about the pre-64 vintage and antique rifles but there are some here who share your enthusiasm about the newer “cool stuff” but it may take a bit for them to wander by and respond so don’t get discouraged if you do not get a reaction right away.

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While a fan of thumpers with critters that run both ways I don’t enjoy range time with them. As the cartridge was deigned to use pistol bullets it isn’t terribly hard on the wallet or the shoulder as long as you reload and have a modest stash of brass and a set of dies. Quite honestly if you want a replica that’s fun to shoot I’d look at the 1892 or 1866 replicas chambered for pistol cartridges. For a bit more $$ you can have the real thing in a shooter grade 1892 as long as you don’t mind loading one of the obsolete BP cartridges. 



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Hi Nicolas. As JWA said, most here collect Pre 64 Winchesters but I also have a couple of modern ones. 

That 444 in your pictures is called the timber carbine. They also made one in the XTR style – quite similar to the 375 big bore XTR of the 1970-1980s also with a full magazine tube. 

Both are pretty rare down here in Australia – I have been after one since selling my old JM Marlin (shock horror to mention the name here)  chambered in 444. I love the round, the Hornady 265 grain interlock was fantastic for sambar deer here. 

Have a look at Paco Kellys leverguns forum, a google search will reveal plenty of posts on the 444 in the Winchester 94. 

How much are they asking for the 444? 


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thanks for the warm welcome, i am not new to winchesters or replicas, i already own a few

94 44 mag from 70

94 32-40 John Wayne

94 30-30 cherokee

a few replicas (and a marlin 1895 45-70 which i might sell), not a single pre 64 for now, they are rare here and pretty expensive, i am waiting for an oportunity to finally put my hands on the real deal


What i like about the 444 is that it is pretty “rare”, especially without the ugly cross bolt safety, also it is a kicker which i enjoy

The guy is asking 1000e, i think it is a bit much

I do reload, from what i have seen it is around twice the load of the 44 mag, not much more expensive, but the brass are pretty hard to find


I’m gonna check Paco Kellys leverguns right now thanks

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