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Old 03-10-2011, 02:22 AM   #1
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OK so here is another nifty product I purchased at Custom Reloading Tools.

This is a review of the Annealing tool set. It is 2 HIGH quality precision tools that make annealing easy and LOW COST.

But, Tango what the hell is annealing? Annealing is the process of heating a metal and then cooling that metal so that it make the metal more malleable or easier to work with.

But, Tango why do you anneal brass cases? Simple answer is to extend the life of the case. Annealing brass in some cartridges can double or even triple the life of brass. Take 220 Swift cases. These cases are some of the short lived cases you can encounter. Split necks eat up 220 swift brass in as little as 3 to 5 loadings. Annealing them can get you to 6 or 9 maybe 15 if you load on the lighter side (Who does that with a swift I don't know)....

OK Tango get on with the review now.

OK this is a set of 2 drill or power screw driver attachments that look kind of odd. each has a small nipple on the top one sized for small rifle primers and one sized for larger rifle primers. Unlike other companies you get both in this kit. They have a nice bead blasted stem that looks like a screwdriver bit. They are topped with a machined plug that is knurled on the edge with the nipple. The nipple fits nicely into the primer pocket of large or small primer brass.

The finish is exelent and the best thing about them. They give you a nice even anneal on the case neck.

The cost is $27.99 plus shipping. WOW two little tools for $30 not that low cost. If you look at it like that then no they are not. But, if you are wanting to automate your annealing process and move away from the uneven heat and tip method then they are dirt cheap. Check out these two annealing machines Ballistic Edge Mfg has two models the cheap one is $375 plus shipping. The Ken Light mfg machine is $400. So $30 is starting to sounds real cheap isn't it.

These tools work great and with the right rig can make an impressive low cost annealing machine. Here is a home built rig that I am going to try and recreate for my set. Reloading :: AnnealingToolTakeII_0001.mp4 video by mdman54 - Photobucket

I got these Monday and tonight was the first day I got a chance to use them. Even using two hands one to hold the drill one to hold the torch annealing goes REALLY fast. They get the Tango Seal of approval from me. Here are a few photos of the tools.







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Are we going to get to see these in action!! Please!!

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Are we going to get to see these in action!! Please!!

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There's a video if you click the link above in the first post, or the link below in this post.

Reloading :: AnnealingToolTakeII_0001.mp4 video by mdman54 - Photobucket
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That's a great little tool you found Tango!

For years,I've just used the shell holders for the Lee case trimmer in my Cordless drill or screwdriver,along with a portable propane torch.

I just heat the neck until it's cherry red and then drop it in a bucket of water.

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That's a great little tool you found Tango!

For years,I've just used the shell holders for the Lee case trimmer in my Cordless drill or screwdriver,along with a portable propane torch.

I just heat the neck until it's cherry red and then drop it in a bucket of water.
You should do alittle research on annealing and you will find that you do NOT heat until cherry red and you do NOT drop into water.
Cherry red is too hot and they should cool normally.
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You should do alittle research on annealing and you will find that you do NOT heat until cherry red and you do NOT drop into water.
Cherry red is too hot and they should cool normally.
Maybe for steel or aluminum. Brass it really doesn't matter how it is cooled that is the nice thing about brass. When annealed it returns to the same properties as when new.
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Maybe for steel or aluminum. Brass it really doesn't matter how it is cooled that is the nice thing about brass. When annealed it returns to the same properties as when new.
I would suggest this for a good read by those in the know;

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Already read it.

Also read a bunch of other stuff as well.

Brass doesn't exhibit the same properties at Steel and or aluminum.

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