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My Annealing Update

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After reading everything I could find on the interweb and reading the posts here on the Wire I decided to try annealing.  I shoot .45 Colt (pistol and rifle) with APP and was getting a ton of fouling in my 1873 rifle.  I built a basic annealing set up, bought some 750* Tempilaq and tried it with 100 clean cases.  After annealing the 100 cases I loaded them with my normal load and took off to the range.  After running all the rounds through the rifle I went home for the big reveal.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how much of a difference, the internals had almost no soot or blow back.  I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to try annealing, it adds more time on the front end but boy it saves time in cleaning.  The cost for what I built not including the torches or Tempilaq was about $15.00 money well spent IMHO.  

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Good Job Compadre  :D 

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Very Nice!

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im glad its working for you , i dont think ill ever go to that added time and effort or cost but if its working why change it ? 

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Yep there's a couple ways to get around keeping the internals clean, none of which are quick. Annealing ended up being the quickest fix for me. I'll not go back to my other ways lol.

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If you don't wont to  do that again just neck size the brass about 1/4". If you full length re-size it will eventually work harden the brass and you will see blow-by again.

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what's the Tempilaq for? To see if you are annealing long enough?  I was thinking about getting an Annealeez and I guess this helps you determine the time under flame?

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47 minutes ago, heckofagator said:

what's the Tempilaq for? To see if you are annealing long enough?  I was thinking about getting an Annealeez and I guess this helps you determine the time under flame?


The Temilaq is a heat paint, it comes in different temperatures, I’m using 750*.  Like I posted earlier I made mine maybe slower but saved $. 

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56 minutes ago, heckofagator said:

what's the Tempilaq for? To see if you are annealing long enough?  I was thinking about getting an Annealeez and I guess this helps you determine the time under flame?

It lets you know if you are reaching or exceeding the correct temperature on the brass. I only use it when I set up to anneal. Once set up I run them through. I use the 650 degree Tempilac. I use a Bench Source machine and can do hundreds in no time. I bought the machine for my precision rifle rounds but it does all kinds of brass.

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don't forget you don't have to anneal every time.  you can get several reloadings before having to do it again

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