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Old 11-19-2012, 06:56 AM
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How Many Aneal Brass ??

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How many of you guys here aneal your rifle brass necks?If so,when? I do my 25.06 case necks about every 3 or 4 times.I have never had a case neck split yet,but,don't want to either.I discard them after the necks get thin looking or measure way below what they ought to be.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:10 AM
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I also anneal brass for my 25-06s. I also anneal for any case that I'm reforming (such as making 7Rm into .338s) or using with Lee Collet dies. Guess I don't do it as often as you do though.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 AM
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Anneal the hard to get brass (7 Dakota, 6mm/284, 6.5x257AI, etc.), but really don't bother with the more common stuff. Most factory brass is annealed at the factory and probably won't need re-annealed for a half dozen reloads or so, depending on how hot you load them.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:02 AM
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I'm on 20-some reloads in my 25-06, much of it is re-sized 30-06.
Have never had to anneal yet. My 308 is in the 50's for reloads.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:31 PM
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I have on my 30-06 stuff. 12th and 13th reloads on much of it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:52 PM
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I have been using RWS Hornet brass for about 10 years..this stuff was dead soft..a thumbnail would easily dent mouth with light pressure. I use Redding bushing neck sizer die, and recently I noticed that when bullet seating, some were seating extra easy..checking case mouth revealed very hard I have begun annealing them.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:57 AM
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I anneal cases when forming brass such as making 308 Marlin Express from 270 Winchester cases. Any type of serious case forming requires annealing.
The factory cartridge I have found which benefits most from annealing cases is the 25-20 WCF. I shoot 4 different 25-20’s and I cannot keep my brass separated – I doubt it would help much – After 5 shots there is a noticeably different feel in bullet seating. 25-20 cases stretch and I am able to detect the difference in feel while case trimming. The necks and case mouths becoming hard and brittle. Regular annealing of the necks will keep 25-20 cases in service for many years.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:28 AM
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I've had to anneal 25WSSM brass right out of the bag, before even the first loading. There was a run or few of just ridiculously hard WSSM brass.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:39 AM
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I anneal most rifle brass after every 5th firing. This includes 25-06. I've noticed quite a difference in resistance on the cutter when trimming to length after 5 or 6 firings, depending on the cartridge.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:20 AM
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I use to own a .17 Ackley Bee built on a martini action. Had to form my own ammo as there were no places selling wildcat cartridges back in the late '60's. I would first form .17 Bee cases from .218 Bee cases using RCBS forming/reloading dies. After forming my .17 Bee cases, I had to aneal my brass or they would neck split on first firing.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:37 PM
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I anneal 30-06, 30-30 and 7.62x39. I anneal every 7th shot and have cases that have been shot 70+ times and still going strong.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:01 PM
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If I don't anneal my 6mm brass regularly, it will split in a heartbeat. I anneal most all of them, but the 6mm eats the stuff if not done every three or four loads. I need to have the barrel set back just a little to tighten the head space back up because it will eventually blow the bases out anyway so I usually trash the brass after 10 shootings.

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