Originally Posted by Mikecr
Annealing needs are tied to work hardening of brass which is a matter of sizing performed.
Alot of sizing invokes annealing. Little to no sizing eliminates a need for it.
Many assume annealing doesn't hurt, but does it really help? I say often it does not.
Unless you anneal perfectly, A.K.A. lead dip anneal, there is a risk you're adding issues.
Loads fired at or near max pressure will work harden by themselves. MikeCR has a self imposed limit of 53,000 PSI while the max for the WSM is 65,000.
In the LR and big cartridge arena sizing body and neck is a must.
Almost every LR competitor anneals every time normally for uniformity of neck tension.
Lead dip annealing is one of the worst and most cumbersome ways to do it. Hot lead is not the safest stuff to be around or breath!! Do not dip a case in it that has drop of water anywere.
Read the articles mentioned here and on 6mmBR.com on annealing and buy some templac crayon sticks. Correct temp range is normally right at 650 degrees.
There are several annealing machines that make it easy (Benchsource, Ken Light, Giraurd) but it can be done my hand after reading and using the correct temp range templac.
Norma brass is very good, but softer than Winchester, which requires a little more sorting. I use Norma for comp guns and Winchester for hunting rifles.
Not shooting nickel cases are you?