Re: Best way to anneal brass?
The only cases that I anneal are 6 mm Remington.
I was taught a simple process over 25 years ago from a man that knew more about firearms than any one I have ever met. He had his own reloading business along with manufacturing lead bullets.
His simple way was to take an old ice cube tray, metal, and fill the tray to ¾ to 1 inch of warm water.
With the fired primers still in, set the cases in the water, case mouth up, you do not want them to fill with water. This is important that they do not have water in them or they will turn into steam engines.
Next take a normal hardware store canister blow torch, like one used for removing paint and heat the top of each case until they have a soft glow. Not bright, just a soft red glow. For a 6mm REM the top ½ inch of the case should be heated.
Then you let them cool slowly on there own and you’re done.
The tops of the cases have a darkened slightly cloudy aria.
The water keeps the high pressure bottom aria of the case from annealing.
It’s worked for me for over 25 years and although I don’t push my 6mm to earth shaking velocities, I do get a good number of reloads this way.
One note I want to add, you need to practice with the blow torch so that it will heat the case but not knock it over.
I also use junk cases when I start to get the temperature and the torch just right.
Last edited by Ozzieman; 01-18-2009 at 12:06 PM.