Can you tell me (roughly) how many firings you get before you start seeing neck cracks? I anneal all of my bolt guns. Its usually about 20-30 pieces. The other day I fired 200 rounds thru my AR. All I have is my cordless drill a torch and some tempilaq.I usually have trouble with necks cracking, so annealing the case necks helps get some more load cycles out of them.
I'm a fan of picking up once fired 223 brass, firing them through my rifle, and letting someone else have twice fired brass for free... I don't do any work I don't have to on ar ammo.
My pipe shoots moa blades with its pet load with minimal prep. I cut the pockets (if crimped), check the length, size, polish, load, shoot, and leave. Heck, I caught my Pops picking up my brass one day... It was some twice fired PMC with a high percentage of off center flash holes. They went through his rifle just fine for another cycle.
Hey bud, sent you a PM and no answer?????
Thats that cheap azzed brass you have. Need some Lapua in 223 and then you'll anneal them.
My brother in law has a Savage 10 .223 that will 5 in a quarter at 200. I want that rifle so badd.lolI'll get good 223 brass if I get a bolt in 223... The AR's simply tear up brass too much for me to waste time with extra work. I've got a recoil shy 12 year old, so I may be going with a youth rifle in 223 soon...
If I can get 4-5 reloads out of it I'm not going to anneal. 4-5 reloads on 1000 pieces. That 4-5 thousand shots. I doubt I shoot more than 1000 rounds per year.For the last 15 years of reloading .223 for an AR platform with BLC-2 and CFE223 I would get 4 to5 loads on a set of brass before neck cracking became usual.
With the price of 223 or 5.56 brass pretty inexspensive, I don't worry about annealing at all.
The AR will beat or lose brass pretty bad so using Lapua brass is not worth the money.
5 loadings with near max loads and away the brass goes neck cracks or not.