First time annealing


September 30, 2013, 08:17 PM
I tried searching on the tapatalk app, but it just plain sucks.

I was wondering if I could get some feedback on my first couple of attempts at annealing. I used a couple of pieces of scrap brass to try it out on.

Like to hear thoughts, tips, etc... Here's a couple pieces I tried out on.

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September 30, 2013, 08:44 PM
Really can't tell from your picture but the color ring seems to be in about the right place. Google annealing brass and you will get more info than you can read in a month if you stay at it night and day with a tremendous amount of differing opinions. A lot of it confuses brass with steel and they do not respond to heating or cooling in the same way. Go to and read their info. I'm no expert by any means but I agree with what they say from my experience.

September 30, 2013, 08:49 PM
Awesome. Thank you for the link

October 2, 2013, 12:56 AM
Look up John Barnsness' article in Handloader magazine...he swears it is a viable method, and it is safe, cheap, and easy, if a little hard on fingers! I drop mine into water, not a wet towel as he suggests, becaulse I think that will cool the brass more evenly.
Try it, you may like it!:)

October 2, 2013, 12:47 PM
Wife picked up the 650 tempilstik today for me from a welding shop. I'll feel much better putting that on just to make sure I'm not over doing it or under doing it.

October 3, 2013, 03:40 PM
You may laugh at my method but here it is: First do this in absolute darkness except for a small neon nightlight. Do it in the night time. Wait until your eyes are fully accustomed to the darkness takes about five minutes. Create a propane torch light so that the inner blue is roughly half or three quarters of an inch, rotate the Shell in a socket connected to an electric screwdriver, bring it to the tip of the inner flame on the middle of the neck until you can just absolutely barely see a color change to dark dark dark red. Try to make each shell be in the exact same part of the flame for the exact same time, to the exact same dark red, drop in water.

I forgot to say to Decap before you do all this.

Shake out the water as best you can, put them in some suitable container and dry either in sunlight or in an oven at no more than 180F for about 30 minutes.

There is a good chance that you will have slightly over annealed the brass. I have shown some increase in the consistency if I then run them in and out of a full length sizer expander ball three times. After lubing them of course!

Of course you can always buy a wonderfully good machine for about $500 that will probably get better results, I just don't want to spend that much on it.

October 3, 2013, 05:47 PM
Looks good.

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