AMP - Will I regret buying this?

lyle2231

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I am about $300 into my homemade induction annealing machine also. It was a great project and I now anneal my brass the same every time. If I didn't have a couple rifle builds in the works I probably would have purchased an AMP. I will eventually purchase one. Until then I will use the one I built.
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Your engineering prowess is superb sir. Are you an electrician?
 

JBarton

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Your engineering prowess is superb sir. Are you an electrician?
Thanks. Millwright/ welder by trade. This was my first attempt at something like this. I did my homework through forums and talking to coworkers in the electrical field. I had a few issues with coil size and received advice on Snipers hide. I had to switch from 3/16" ID copper tubing to 1/8" ID so I could achieve a tighter coil. I am running a 0.850" ID coil with 9.5 coils that is water cooled. I am able to anneal hornady 300WM brass in 3.6 seconds. Hornady 300PRC brass in 3.9 seconds and hornady 6.5cm brass in 4.1 seconds. The coil might get a little warm, not hot after annealing a tray of brass. Overall a cool project. See attached link that was the inspiration for my annealing machine.
 

dale guthormsen

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That's not really you in your "Emoji" picture-is it?
Semper Fi Brother!
VietNam -Eagle Pull-Frequent Wind observer.
First of all you will get several OPINIONS on what to use for annealing or weather to anneal or not.
I see that you are serious about reloading. Being that serious and you haven't been annealing up to now? There is a plethora of information on annealing out there and You probably read a lot of it before spending the cost of and AMP. A little too late to ask info on the AMP since you already purchased.
I'll tell you that I have used several other annealing machines. When I got the AMP - well see my previous posts. It's a GREAT machine, wish I had it years ago. I am convinced - my own opinion that annealing is a benefit to reloading otherwise I would not be doing it.
I feel that the AMP is better than the propane, but just my opinion. There a some real great flame type annealers out there. If you have used a few and then anneal with the AMP you will be able to decide.
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Thank God you survived the Covid. Keep up the gym you're lookin good Marine! You may be amazed at the wet cleaning. I use ss media, water, a little lemon shine and some bass cleaned. Cases come out looking better than new.
God Bless
Len & Jill
I’m sold on the wet cleaning also! He cleaned some brass for me today after spending the day on the water. Though after buying the AMP it will have to be some time before anything else gets scratched off my wish list!!! We were planning on doing a lot of shooting, but we had the hottest days of the year this weekend. Right at 100 in the shade!
God Bless! Lynn & Wanda
 

Sending156s

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I am about $300 into my homemade induction annealing machine also. It was a great project and I now anneal my brass the same every time. If I didn't have a couple rifle builds in the works I probably would have purchased an AMP. I will eventually purchase one. Until then I will use the one I built.
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Congrats to you on your knowledge, innovation, & hard work. The patience, knowledge, and perseverance to put this machine together is something to be proud of!
 

The Oregonian

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I am about $300 into my homemade induction annealing machine also. It was a great project and I now anneal my brass the same every time. If I didn't have a couple rifle builds in the works I probably would have purchased an AMP. I will eventually purchase one. Until then I will use the one I built.
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I would end up blowing myself up if I tried to build and then use an induction annealer, so I went the safe route and bought an AMP. I don’t dread annealing at all - do it while sitting on the couch watching sports.
 
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baggy270

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Well, I guess you've spent as much as possible for annealing!
Now you just have to put it in your reloading plan and find a load with it -that pays you back for it.
Otherwise, it just won't ever pay back.

But it's a quality product. You should do alright with it.
Charge your buddies to do their brass…that’ll pay it off!
 

BigJake54

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I really feel inadequate reading these posts. I use a propane torch, appropriately sized deep wall socket, a drill and a bucket of water. I mainly anneal 5.56 and 308 due to volume, but will anneal any caliber that needs it. I keep my batches of brass together and anneal the entire batch at the first sign of issues. I would not mind having something more sophisticated but I’m retired on a fixed income. You will do well with your new toy/tool.
 

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I really feel inadequate reading these posts. I use a propane torch, appropriately sized deep wall socket, a drill and a bucket of water. I mainly anneal 5.56 and 308 due to volume, but will anneal any caliber that needs it. I keep my batches of brass together and anneal the entire batch at the first sign of issues. I would not mind having something more sophisticated but I’m retired on a fixed income. You will do well with your new toy/tool.
I’m on a fixed income too
 

Rick Richard

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I really feel inadequate reading these posts. I use a propane torch, appropriately sized deep wall socket, a drill and a bucket of water. I mainly anneal 5.56 and 308 due to volume, but will anneal any caliber that needs it. I keep my batches of brass together and anneal the entire batch at the first sign of issues. I would not mind having something more sophisticated but I’m retired on a fixed income. You will do well with your new toy/tool.
Unless I can see it proven with empirical evidence and on the range, I believe any variation of annealing within a heat range will suffice. So, whatever you can afford will work in my opinion.
 

JBarton

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I really feel inadequate reading these posts. I use a propane torch, appropriately sized deep wall socket, a drill and a bucket of water. I mainly anneal 5.56 and 308 due to volume, but will anneal any caliber that needs it. I keep my batches of brass together and anneal the entire batch at the first sign of issues. I would not mind having something more sophisticated but I’m retired on a fixed income. You will do well with your new toy/tool.
Nothing to feel inadequate about. Up until I made my annealing machine I used the propane torch as well. I had decent results with it but I had my heart set on an induction annealing unit. So I made one for a fraction of the cost of an amp. I did try cooling the brass in water but found it gave me bad results. Neck tension was off so I stopped dropping the annealed brass in water. I let my brass air cool.
 
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