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Annealing?
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:54:57 PM »
 

Jeff M

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I've seen lots of discussion on this topic over the past few months.  When we can't shoot (winter), we talk, right?

Just wondering what everyone's take on annealing is.

I do it every time I reload my precision rifle cartridges, but I'm not 100% convinced it has any real, measurable effect.  So why do I do it?  For peace of mind.  I know that every piece of brass is exactly the same as every other piece of brass that way.

What are your thoughts on it?  Do you anneal?  Why or why not?  Have you noticed any quantifiable benefit from doing so?
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Re: Annealing?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 12:17:31 AM »
 

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Typically I Anneal every 3rd firing, I don't over-work my brass and I don't mix it as to number of firings so it works well for me.

That said If I'm feeling issues with brass (new or otherwise) when seating bullets, I'll anneal that batch before the 3rd firing. Typically I see this with mixed lots of brass and it seems to even out the bunch.

That said, I've recently decided to "match up" my brass for both my primary and backup match rifles, as I've got just barely enough pieces of brass with 5 firings and 2 firings for each rifle to make a PRS match worth of ammo up. When I do this, I'll cull any suspect pieces from each batch. Freshly anneal all of it, FL size it, and then trim, chamfer and de-bur it all. This will give me about 600 pieces for each rifle and therefore allow me to load plenty of ammo for matches and not have to worry about burning up the last few rounds of a batch of match ammo to keep the brass lot all the same and still have plenty to load for a match.

I use a Fluxeon Annie with a water cooled coil for annealing and it's proven to be extremely consistent so while having to handle each piece of bras through it, the only one on the market I'd possibly rather have is the A.M.P. unit.