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How many (approximate) firings per shell before annealing? I have read about several different ways to do this and some say they are right and some say they are wrong. I would rather toss the brass than do it wrong. So what is the right way.

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I saw this process on YouTube.
I plan to revisit it but do not have the link. It is easily searched. How and when is explained along with some tips using a drill spinning the brass in front of a torch.

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I saw this process on YouTube.
I plan to revisit it but do not have the link. It is easily searched. How and when is explained along with some tips using a drill spinning the brass in front of a torch.
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I anneal all rifle calibers larger than .223 EVERY time. This is overkill, but I end up with range brass of unknown origin and annealing is a quick and easy way to make the brass serviceable. Realistically, every 3 or 4 firings would be fine.

I anneal in a pie pan of water. Heat the necks till they glow cherry red and tip them over in the water.

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When the brass starts to "cherp" when backing over the expanding button. Use a baking pan stand the brass up. Fill the pan with water until it is more than 50 % submersed. Use a gas torch and heat only the neck and shoulder until red hot. Tip the case over into the water immediately. That is all there is to it.

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When the brass starts to "cherp" when backing over the expanding button. Use a baking pan stand the brass up. Fill the pan with water until it is more than 50 % submersed. Use a gas torch and heat only the neck and shoulder until red hot. Tip the case over into the water immediately. That is all there is to it.
A bread pan or a pie pan, I don't get in the kitchen much but I do like the recipe.
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A shallow wide baking pan. You need enough room to move the torch freely over the water and around the brass. Brass becomes partially work hardened from the FL die and expander ball. Using a good lube in the ID of the necks can slow the stretching and hardening. When loading virgin brass always anneal before charging.

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A shallow wide baking pan. You need enough room to move the torch freely over the water and around the brass. Brass becomes partially work hardened from the FL die and expander ball. Using a good lube in the ID of the necks can slow the stretching and hardening. When loading virgin brass always anneal before charging.
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Ok, I have a dumb question….why anneal – is it to keep the brass from splitting during reloading?

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it does but it also allows the bullet to release evenly from the case when fired meaning it will hit the lands and grooves straight instead of a slight angle. gives much better accuracy

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