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    Boolit Master gnostic's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelshooter View Post
    You must be really loading those cases hot. I have never wore out a primer pocket in 40 years of reloading and I have 308 brass that I know have been reloaded at least 30 times.
    You may have something there, I tend to load jacketed bullets on the warm side, otherwise, I'd be shooting
    a cast bullet.

    I don't doubt your word, but I've never seen a case loaded, anywhere near that number of times.

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    what color should the brass turn for correct annealing?
    The correct color is a bluish-green that creates a temperature of 625-650 Fahrenheit. If the brass turns red - your in the 900 degree range which is over heated
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    I wanted to take all the guess work out of it. I bit the bullet and bought a Bench Source Vertex annealing machine. All brass done right the first time. And It's very repeatable. Attachment 204315
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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    Iíve got some cases that Iíve fired 14 times and anneal every fifth firing

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    I've just always done it by eye, the color rings show nicely if you have the right lighting and you drop the case in water soon as the rings are just right. That's worked well for me anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Sheesh View Post
    I've just always done it by eye, the color rings show nicely if you have the right lighting and you drop the case in water soon as the rings are just right. That's worked well for me anyways.
    Different brands of brass will yield different visual results. Cartridge brass composition is not the same across all brands. This is why this method is not consistent. Yes, it can and will work. But the results will vary from case to case. If you're annealing for consistent bullet pull this will be a big problem.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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