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Unread 12-08-2012, 10:06 AM
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Re: The latest on Annealing

Originally Posted by green 788 View Post
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)...

There are two sides to a circle? Just giving you heck.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 10:16 AM
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I am a fanatic about consistency, I strive for all cases the same especially in the neck tension department. So getting all the cases to the same temp is important to me. I use the Bench Source annealing machine. It times each case while it rotates them between two torches. The duration time is adjustable so you can heat to what ever degree you wish. As the cases move out of the flames they are carried to a dropping point. Below this point I will have a damp towel for them to fall on to. Then I roll them away with my hands and the rolling on the damp towel cools them slowly. Moving them out of the way before the next case drops keeps them from getting dings on the necks and such.

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Unread 12-08-2012, 11:03 AM
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I'm with Broz on this one.....consistency is everything when it comes to shooting. I use a giraud case annealer, which is adjustable like the bench source annealer. I drop my cases onto a paper towel so they don't burn the plastic container. Once I've annealed all the cases I put them in front of a fan to cool down. I use tempilaq to heat my necks/shoulder to 750 degrees.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 02:08 PM
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Re: The latest on Annealing

Originally Posted by old_heli_logger View Post
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...
before starting a ******* match, I would refer you to a read on anneqaling brass in the Machinest Handbook for starters. There are a few really nice Federal publications to also add a ton of knowledge as to proper temps and how you must shock the metal during quench.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 08:51 PM
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Re: The latest on Annealing

I havent read these articles on this stuff before. But I thought that the purpose of annealing cases was the quick transition from hot to cold?
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Unread 12-08-2012, 09:49 PM
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Re: The latest on Annealing

some good reading here
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Unread 12-10-2012, 11:36 AM
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Re: The latest on Annealing

Awesome!! Great info...
Thanks everyone!
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