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Annealing with lead - process?

 
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:17 PM
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Annealing with lead - process?

Can someone give me the proper process on annealing brass with molten lead? Pros & cons would be great as well.

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:42 PM
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Re: Annealing with lead - process?

I've done that process before. Buffalo Bob method is way easier, and you could do 100 pieces of brass before you get the lead melted. Here the link Annealing Cases

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Re: Annealing with lead - process?

I remember reading recently that a concern was expressed about lead fumes and of coarse the obvious burns.
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Re: Annealing with lead - process?

I anneal pretty much the way Buffalo Bob does, except I just dump the cases out onto a folded towel and not into water so I can continue my case prep as soon as they cool and not several days later. Also I use a torch that apparently dosen't get quite as hot as his, I hold mine in the flame for a count of 6 and never let them get as bright as they were in his video just a very dull red. I anneal my black powder cases for my 45-90 after every third firing, then tumble and dry in an oven on a cookie sheet that has been preheated to 250 then turned off. My black powder brass I tumble in a rotory tumbler with ceramic media which you use with water. best stuff youll ever use.
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Re: Annealing with lead - process?

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I remember reading recently that a concern was expressed about lead fumes and of coarse the obvious burns.
Keep the lead at a sane temp, say below 800, and there will be no lead fumes. Burns are a risk in any sort of annealing, if you are using lead though just make sure you have a stable workbench and dont drop any liquid in the pot...that can get ugly fast.
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Re: Annealing with lead - process?

Below 800, good tip for those that use the lead method. Thanks
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:48 PM
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Re: Annealing with lead - process?

I have looked - and looked - for a good process on how to do this and I cannot find it. Have found were some folks use their fingers for and dip them in, but no specific times, etc.

Seems to me that if you are able to control the temp you should be able to identify how long it needs to be in there, how deep you need to plunge it in, etc. You know, all the details that matter.

Anyone got access to this kind of info?


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