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Accidentally baked my brass....

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Carbon_15, Nov 18, 2012.

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  1. oldandslow

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    c-15 11/19/12

    Should be no problems with an hour at 325 degrees, well below the annealing temperature. I once did the same thing with 100 Federal nickel plated cases. I tracked their failure rate through 12 reloading cycles- I had three case mouth cracks over the 12 cycles with 97 still reloadable. I got tired of tracking them so I stopped keeping count. Good luck.

    best wishes- oldandslow
     
  2. splattergun

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    I would not think of eating a turkey that's been in a 325 deg oven for only an hour. :what: It takes a bit longer than that. But I agree that brass ought to be fine for a .357 to consume.
     
  3. wally

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    Unless your wife burns everything she puts in the oven I'd not worry about it. If you are "afraid" of the brass, send it to me!
     
  4. 1hobie

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    When in doubt, throw it out.:)
     
  5. Cosmoline

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    Remember that firearm brass gets hot enough to turn soft in the chamber during firing. I don't think the oven will do much more than discolor it.
     
  6. straight-shooter

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    After i wet tumble I rub the brass around in a towel. Then I put it in a mesh laundry bag. Hang it over the dryer door and close it. Run on medium heat for 35 minutes and it's dry.
     
  7. eam3clm@att.net

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    My Speer manual actually says not to dry brass in an oven. If you are worried you might load them light for plinking ammo. I dont through my 38 special brass away until the duct tape no longer holds the case together from the case's split (just kidding)
     
  8. jcwit

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    Most of my owners manuals say not to shoot reloads! Now what do I do?
     
  9. MachIVshooter

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    I always use the oven to dry larger batches, since I wash them in hot soapy water rather than wiping each case.

    I leave them in for about 2 hours @ 160. They come out totally dry and not at all discolored from water evaporation.
     
  10. blarby

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    Well, if you must insist on continuing to abuse them so, I guess I'll have to come and take them from you.....
     
  11. jcwit

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    I'll welcome you to Indiana, Elkhart area.
     
  12. eam3clm@att.net

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    Im not saying that it will harm the brass, Im only passing on what the book said. If you load the cases, inspect them like normal after you shoot them. I would keep the cases grouped together in case they start to fail early.
     
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  13. HOWARD J

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    @ jcwit Welcome -----

    You still shooting that rock salt ??
    Just got my eyeballs finished today----2 weeks maybe I can see to shoot again-------WOW
     
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  14. jcwit

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    Rock salt?

    I truly hope that your eye surgey (?) went well and you will be back in business. I'm 69 and so far no problems YET!

    Best
     
  15. Fishslayer

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    I wash my range pickups with Lemi Shine before tumbling to reduce lead dust and keep my media cleaner. It also seems to get the insides cleaner and greatly reduces time in the tumbler.

    During the summer I use a screen in the back yard. Wintertime I set the oven as low as it will go. 125-150 f IIRC. Even at that low setting it gets pretty hot & dries quickly.

    The wife's drier has the shelf somebody mentioned. Hadn't ever thought of that. I'll give it a try next time.
     
  16. HOWARD J

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    I thought rock salt was a good welcome for unwelcome guests
     
  17. jcwit

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    You are serious, right?
     
  18. ArchAngelCD

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    Just a note, 325 degrees is in no way needed to dry brass. If you must, anything over 175 is overkill IMO.
     
  19. Certaindeaf

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    sounds half baked to me
     
  20. jim8115

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    Before I had a tumbler, i used to dry all my brass in the oven, at 250 degrees....thousands of rounds , 38,357,40,45 colt,with no problems..and yes, more than one I forgot and baked them all night


    JIM
     
  21. GLOOB

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    Well, if you get the temp over boiling, the drying goes along a lot faster. Why stop at 175 when you can go to 225-250, safely?
     
  22. Steve A

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    The easiest way to dry it is in a vibratory tumbler. We clean ours with the stainless pin method and enough water is removed by seperating the pins from the cases to then put them in the tumbler with corncob and Nu-Finish and dry and finish polish at the same time.
     
  23. MEHavey

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    It takes a looooooong time for brass to anneal in the mid 300's (if at all).

    Since a 357Mag** revolver's "chamber" supports the brass in the cylinder (for the
    safety factor), press ahead. Check for primer pocket looseness afterward (for the
    brass factor).







    ** Not 357Sig
     
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