Re: When do you anneal?
When my velocity extreme spreads exceed normal levels it is time to anneal.
I dont watch the brass under the flame, I let the flame itself tell me when enough is enough. The flame will start to change color when the brass is the right temprature. With a typical plumbers propane torch at full strength, it only takes a few seconds.
IMHO if you wait to see the neck orange in normal light, youve gone to far. The neck will be too soft to be consistent. In dim light when you just start to see it change color, it is time to remove the heat.
Water quenching while convienient, is not neccesary for the annealing process.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.