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Annealing Lapua brass

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Unread 11-07-2013, 08:37 AM
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Re: Annealing Lapua brass

I just annealed 100 pieces of 308 lapua brass that was fresh out of the tumbler, but mine definitely had a color change. I also use the torch it and time it method, however I am looking at getting a machine for consistency as well as safety. To the best of my knowledge the real concern when annealing is to be careful not to soften the body, when I anneal I will keep it in the heat just long enough to let the color change go about 1/4" below the shoulder which is less than the factory lapua. But I have been known to error on the side of caution.

Any comments or concerns are welcome I know there are some on here with much more experience and knowledge than I.
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    Unread 11-08-2013, 11:17 AM
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    Re: Annealing Lapua brass

    I use the torch and drill method to anneal after every firing and have seen accuracy/consistency greatly increase in my target shooting. A friend has a bench source annealer and I'm going to do a test at the next match with half done by hand and half with a bench source and see if I can tell the difference. I don't think there will be. About color, I have noticed that different brands of brass and different prep done to the brass creates different colors when annealed.
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    Unread 11-09-2013, 03:14 PM
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    Re: Annealing Lapua brass

    I annealed lapua 6br brass today. It took 7 seconds as compared to Winchester 7mm rem mag and 300 win mag which takes 5 sec.

    Much smaller case yet more heat. I've read about zinc content being different in lapua and also I'm positive case walls are thicker.
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    Unread 11-10-2013, 12:07 AM
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    Re: Annealing Lapua brass

    Did you mearure them?
    'It's not about me, it's about we'..........
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