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First question is, if the barrel does not say micro groove is it then the ballard rifling?

Second question, are the ballard barrels better for shooting cast bullets?

Hoping to find a nice 444 some day ;)

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I don't know about the answer to your first question for sure. As for whether or not the ballard barrels are better than microgroove, this has been a point of discussion for years. In my own experience, I've come to the conclusion that this whole issue is largely fable if you cast and load carefully. I started casting bullets for 30-30's, 35 Remingtons, and a Marlin 45-70 in the early 1970's, completely unaware that there was supposed to be a big problem with microgroove barrels. I guess I didn't read enough gun magazine drivel back then. I just read up how to cast in an old Lyman manual and went at it. My 45-70, 30-30, and the 35 Remingtons that I loaded for were all microgroove, and all proved to be very accurate with both jacketed bullets and cast ones. Decades later, I started reading these discussions about how bad microgroove barrels were supposed to be with cast bullets. I must have screwed up all these years, loading my wheelweight-plus-a little pure lead projectiles with loading-manual data and using them for shooting and hunting. My biggest screwup was probably slugging my bores and using properly sized projectiles for each rifle that I loaded for. ;D
 

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+1 on slugging your bore will possibly save you a lot of trouble. most marlin are mico grove i have a 44 mag that isn't .a fairly recent manufacture though. most are marked on the barrel aleast the ones i have and had.
 
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