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Annealing Lapua brass

 
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:11 PM
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Re: Annealing Lapua brass

I think it would depend on how from the hot point of the blue flame I am? I am staying about 1 tp 1.5 inches from it to heat up the brass a little slower and consistently than what I say at the point of the flame. I too am using a cordless. I have snap on micro that is perfect for this.

I made up a little jig to keep everything aligned and consistent and will improve it tonight so it is better.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:11 PM
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Re: Annealing Lapua brass

My Bench Source which uses a dual torch setup runs about 4.5 seconds with the two flame points set up about 1.5" on each side of the neck area, for 6.5x284. The 600 Templac goes clear just below the shoulder, and the case has the appearance of new Lupua, or just a shade lighter in coloration. The duration of the heat time varies with case size. 338's - 5.5 seconds, 260's- 4 seconds, 223's- 3seconds.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:21 PM
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Re: Annealing Lapua brass

I am going to look into one of those in the future. They look super clean.

Maybe I should just send you my brass and some cash. : )
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:35 PM
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It's hard to justify one unless you do a lot of reloading. I shoot a few different calibers in shooting competitions in the off season. Some years I'm well over 1000 rounds. That combined with the limited supply of brass and rising costs, as a result of King Obama's policies pushed me into buying one. With set up time, it takes about 15-20 minutes to do about 100 cases.
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Re: Annealing Lapua brass

As usual and my cautious nature, I'm a bit skeptical with any case annealing that involves the human factor and repetitive timing which is why I don't do the drill/torch method or the torch/tip over in a pie pan of water method because...

One, there is a fine line between under and over annealed. If it's under annealed no biggie, the case necks just crack at some point or your neck tension goes to hell just as if you never annealed them at all but...

If you over anneal and the necks get too soft or if you heat the body and soften it, you have big issues real fast like blowing up the action, or worse...

Which is why I got a Bench Source because the heating time is precisely controlled (digitally), case after case for as many cases as you aneel at one sitting and the base stays cold and hard.

There are at least 3 other mechanized annealers on the market but the Bench Source is the most universal so thats what I have.
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Re: Annealing Lapua brass

Any activity can be dangerous to the uninformed. Reloading of ammunition included.
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Very true. Any activity can be dangerous if abused. Even getting the mail across the road.
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