Re: Question on brass prep
If you use bushing dies or have dies made that closely match the chamber of you rifle and you keep your brass from oxidizing, you should never have a split neck and therefore should never need to anneal. If you are wildcatting a case drastically, you almost certainly have to anneal. But in the course of plain reloading, I have never needed to do it once. I have never had a split neck. Not one. But then I take care of my brass, use newer brass, and use dies with close fit and bushings if possible.
Every piece of brass I have seen that has split from other's reloading practices was a nice, crusty, brown-green color, older than dirt, and sized a million too many times with standard dies and regular expander balls.
Rather than upgrade to the proper equipment, people try to salvage that "bronze era" brass to save a penny and in the long run it costs you time and actually just makes more hassle. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
In the end, if using new bushing dies, your primer pockets will probably wear out before your necks.
On a side note, that brass that has been laying on the range in the dirt, exposed to the elements for God knows how long: Leave it be! It won't be the same lot as the brass you already have, it is corroded inside and out, and will be guaranteed to be the piece of brass that just lost it's neck inside your chamber and you need a second shot to finish off a monster buck standing 100 yards broadside to you! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] That kind of brass is a problem that you don't need to aquire. Trust me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
If it's not far, it's boring.