Anneling brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by MMM, May 30, 2005.

  1. MMM

    MMM Member

    May 30, 2004
    Hi, I was wondering how many times one can annel brass. I have anneled my 338 lapua brass 3 times, and have found that some of the brass won't go soft. any input. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
  2. Centre Punch

    Centre Punch Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Hi MMM,
    Heat treatment of appropriate metals is a process that can be carried out over and over again, so yes you can anneal your brass again.
    If after your usual treatment the brass is still hard, you either did not heat it up to a higher enough temperature or you cooled it to quickly.


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  3. Richard338

    Richard338 Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2003
    Get a Tempilstik (heat crayon) rated for 650F. It sort of smears/crumbles onto the neck and shoulder of the brass.
    Stand your brass (deprimed) in a tray of water. With the water halfway up the bodies.
    Play the torch over the neck until the crayon melts/turns black. Then tip them into the water.
    This has worked great for me. You have to watch out for over heating and ruining the brass.
    There are many other ways to do it, including spinning the brass in a drill etc, fast cool vs slow cool etc.
    I chose this way because I can do 50 in 5-10 minutes, and it works. You will feel the difference when you use your neck die again.