New: Federal HammerDown 270-grain 444 Marlin Ammo

Federal Ammunition has expanded its popular HammerDown line of ammunition designed specifically for lever-action rifles. The new load, a 270-grain 444 Marlin option, joins other ammunition from the HammerDown line like the .45 Colt, 35 Remington, 357 Mag, 44 Mag, and 45-70 Government loads just to name a few.

A hallmark of the HammerDown series is the superior ballistics and terminal velocities in the lever-action rifle barrel lengths. The 444 Marlin load is no different. Employing the molecularly bonded soft point bullets found in other loads, they have been adjusted to obtain the best accuracy and expansion at those velocities, according to Federal.

Federal HammerDown 444 Marlin
Federal Ammunition has expanded its HammerDown line of loads to include a 444 Marlin 270-grain option. This load employs the same soft point bullet as others in the line to maintain accuracy and terminal ballistics for the big game. [Photo credit: Federal Ammunition]

Lever Action Ammo for Big Game Hunting

“We are excited to add 444 Marlin to the overall HammerDown lineup. It is another great straight-wall cartridge that hunters and shooters are actively seeking it out,” said Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Manager Eric Miller. “The powerful stopping power of the 444 Marlin has been shown to be an efficient for big-game hunting since its introduction in 1964.”

The company goes on to state the geometry of the case, bullet, and cartridge means the rifle will cycle flawlessly in the lever-action magazines and feeding systems. Designed in partnership with Henry Repeating Arms, the HammerDown 444 Marlin ammunition is designed for Big Game hunting specifically out of lever-action rifles with side-gate loading or magazines.

“One of the enhanced design features found in all HammerDown ammo is that we chamfered the front face of the case rim on all the nickel-plated cases. This removes any sharp edges to increase reliability of feeding,” continued Miller. “This feature essentially improves cycling in all lever-action feeding systems, such as side-gate loading and tubular magazines.”

The Federal Ammunition HammerDown 444 Marlin ammunition comes in 20-round boxes and is available from select dealers. The 20-round box of ammunition has an MSRP of $64.99.

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