Originally Posted by bradam
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.
Unless you don't heat up the necks of the case enough,or anneal too far past the neck-below the shoulder,there is hardly any chance of doing it wrong.
If you heat the case below the shoulder,you can have it separate when fired,and then you really have a problem with part of a case stuck in your chamber.
I anneal my cases after every other firing. I use a shell holder or deep socket on a cordless drill,and a 1 lb propane torch set-up on my workbench. Rotate the case in the flame until it turns red,and drop the case into a metal ammo can to cool off. I anneal the cases before I resize or trim them.
Dunking them in water does nothing for the brass other than helps cool it off,and it just adds another step to your reloading chores-drying the brass off!
Originally Posted by nitestalker
When loading virgin brass always anneal before charging.
Why? Virgin brass (Bottle necked brass) was annealed at the factory after it was formed. Doing that to virgin brass is a big waste of time,IMO.
Originally Posted by gunnut07
Just get one of these. Sure it's $495 but it is the best way to do it. If you want you can have them drop into a bucket of water or just drop them into a 9x13 or some form of metal can like a coffee can.
One day,I will buy this Annealing machine. IMO,It's the best one made,and you don't have to set there and continually load brass into it by hand.
Just load all of your brass of the caliber you need to anneal into the rack,fire up the torch,and turn it on.