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Ballistic Edge Triple Torch Model 350 Annealer Review
Each leg has a large bolt for leveling, which I didn't need to use as it sat level on my table. You can also view the electronics and drive system.

Ballistic Edge Triple Torch Model 350 Annealer Review

The turntable is really nicely cut out with no sharp or ragged edges. A smart design that accepts all commonly used rifle cases.

Ballistic Edge Triple Torch Model 350 Annealer Review

With the instructions is a wonderful CAD drawing which pretty much explains it all in a detailed image. Yes, I read the instructions later but the drawing told me pretty much everything I needed to know. Nice touch.

The annealer comes with the ability to mount 3 propane torches, which is unique. Most will only use two for small and standard sized cases, but if you are annealing the big cartridges like the Chey Tac and BMG, that third torch is going to come in real handy.

The only thing to watch with the propane torch is the size of the nozzle you are using. The holes in the support arm are quite small and the nozzles I had didn't work. The manufacturer supplied some smaller ones, and these fit fine. These were not a common item in my area but may be in others. The tubing used for the arms will not allow you to open up the holes to fit the larger nozzles. Maybe larger tubing can be offered to those that have larger nozzles?

Ballistic Edge Triple Torch Model 350 Annealer Review

The torches can be arranged so that each flame is 120 degrees apart if using three, or 180 degrees apart if using two. And they can be lowered to work with the 223 or raised to work with the BMG.

Height adjustment is done by moving some jam nuts on a large bolt. I found turning the torch arm made this a bit easier, but required removing the torches first. This is not as simple as a tube in a tube held in place by a cross bolt, but once tightened up, the torch is not going anywhere. I think the solid setup is worth the extra minute to adjust.

Also, care should be taken to ensure the locking nuts used to hold the nozzles in place are indeed tight. You do not want the torch to move around during the annealing process. All holes use standard threads so finding spare hardware is easy.

Turntable annealers have two ways of moving the brass through the flame. The most common is the turntable that moves at a constant speed. You insert the case in the turntable and around it goes. The torches are positioned and the intensity adjusted so the case is heated properly as it goes by.

The quirk with this system is that the case is going through an ever changing flame front. Set up can get pretty annoying as you have to juggle the torches to catch the case at the right time in its rotation.

The M350 Annealer uses a separate rotating arm that moves the turntable one location at a time. Each case is precisely located in the flame and is static during the heating process.

I really like this method, as you know that each case experienced the same flame front. Setting up the torch position is very straightforward.

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