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Unread 12-06-2012, 01:06 PM
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The latest on Annealing

What's the latest info on annealing?
To quench or not to quench?
How hot? Cherry red, orange, blue, slight discoloration?
Any good videos?

I usually just chuck a deep well socket and spin it over a flame until the neck just starts to turn orange (in dim light) and then dump it in cool water...

Lots of conflicting info out there...
Thanks!
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    Re: The latest on Annealing

    Check Youtube and your questions will be answered.
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    Re: The latest on Annealing

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    What's the latest info on annealing?
    To quench or not to quench?
    How hot? Cherry red, orange, blue, slight discoloration?
    Any good videos?

    I usually just chuck a deep well socket and spin it over a flame until the neck just starts to turn orange (in dim light) and then dump it in cool water...

    Lots of conflicting info out there...
    Thanks!
    Steve
    Have a look at this-
    The Art and Science of Annealing

    Tempilaq is a good measuring device till you get used to the colour.
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    Unread 12-07-2012, 11:41 AM
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    Re: The latest on Annealing

    Thanks aushunter1!! That's exactly what I was looking for.
    Youtube is full of conflicting information...
    Thanks again!
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    Unread 12-07-2012, 01:07 PM
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    Re: The latest on Annealing

    I'm not very scientific about annealing. some are going to cringe at this. I hold them in my fingers at the case head and rotate em in the flame, when they get uncomfortable to hold I drop them in a tub of water. It's crude I know but it works well enough for my purposes.
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    Have a look at this-
    The Art and Science of Annealing

    Tempilaq is a good measuring device till you get used to the colour.
    I read the very informative article by Mr.s Harris & Light and pretty much tracked all of what they had to say. However, I was left with two questions. The first one pertains to the quote:

    "Ammunition loaded from brass which has been neck sized only, may group appreciably tighter."

    My question, why is that? Why doesn't full sized brass with a neck die group as tightly?

    Second question is regarding Mr. DeSimone's use of CLR when quenching his brass.

    What is the benefit of the CLR?

    Please excuse my rookie-ness!

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    I'm not very scientific about annealing. some are going to cringe at this. I hold them in my fingers at the case head and rotate em in the flame, when they get uncomfortable to hold I drop them in a tub of water. It's crude I know but it works well enough for my purposes.

    Same here... and yes, it works.

    I like to dip my fingers in the water before picking up the case to anneal it. This helps keep your fingers cooled down during the process.

    In my opinion, if you get the case too hot to hold with wet fingers, you've gotten the neck too hot.

    I give it about 4 seconds on one side... and 3 on the other (second side is already pretty hot from conduction of heat)...


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