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Unread 12-26-2011, 10:18 AM
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Re: Case annealing

SidecarFlip, I wish you were closer to me. We would have a little annealing get together and you would then know if the Bench Source machine was for you or not.. I had 3 wheels with my Ken Light and changing them was not bad if it were not for they are filled with water and you have to figure out how to drain that gracefully,,, good luck with that. But the real difference in preformance between the KL and the Bench Source is where the case actually stops on a seperate little table in the flames and spins for an adjustable length of time. This ensures that the case gets even heat all the way around. I would never go back. Plus the torch adjustments are far superior in the Bench Source in my opinion. I also do .338 LM and 300 Win. both in Lapua brass. The 300 win Lapua brass in no longer made and I cherish it. So we anneal every firing or at least ever 2 firings. My .338 LM brass is getting readdy for it's 14th loading, all firings have been with 300 gr bullets.

I did some 338-378 brass for a friend a while back and took pics drring the process. Thought you might enjoy them. I drop hot cases on a damp towel to cool. Take a good look at the finished results and the consistant heat transfer line. Pics often speak louder than words.


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Unread 12-26-2011, 11:56 AM
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Re: Case annealing

They look good...fantastic actually color wise, just like new, never loaded cases.

I went to Midway's site and looked at the Hornady stuff. They do sell the Templac seperately but I also have access to temperature sensitive crayons for one off heat treating so I can use them.

The Hornady offering is a one at a time kit and not bad for a handfull of brass but I believe I'll probably run once fired Mil brass before I reload it too.... I believe I'll order your machine. Santa didn't bring me what I asked for, I must have been a bad kid...lol Santa always brings me socks, chocolate bars and garlic stuffed olives, all things I need but not what I want....

We may have an annealing party in the future. I'm heading your way next year to hunt.

I got an invitation to hunt Cape Buffalo in Africa. I despise long plane rides but that too sounds interesting.

Looking forward to getting into annealing cases. Like I said earlier on, the 300 Weatherby Magnum and the .338 Lapua seem to be sensitive as far as case mouths splitting and the price of admission on brass in those calibers makes annealing very appealing.

Thanks to everyone for the input. I appreciate it.
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