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    Buying an annealer.... should I?

    I've been reloading for 30+ years and aim more and more for long range rifle accuracy. I've tried many of the methods and gadgets over the years, some work, some not so much. Where will an annealer fit into that list? The idea of consistent neck tension makes me warm and fuzzy. Lol Thanks Guys!
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    I used a torch and pan for 40 years bought an annealer start it and it runs till cases done100 at a time

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    I was looking at the Mike's version.


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    I bought one several years back. It works great and for the life of me I can't imagine needing a fancier one:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bernzomat...00KC/203665003

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    Buying an annealer.... should I?

    I bought the Annealeez. It works w/in its limitations. All annealers have limitations. The horizontal ones are the most adjustable but they come w/ a steep price tag.

    Here is a short video of it in action: http://s198.photobucket.com/user/dra...F8A_1.mp4.html


    Quote Originally Posted by C. Latch View Post
    I bought one several years back. It works great and for the life of me I can't imagine needing a fancier one:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bernzomat...00KC/203665003
    This is what I used for years. But it doesn't provide uniform neck tension. And the process takes longer than one of the machines. It does work but the machines provide consistent results.

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    I made this one and it does work. YMMV

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    I have both the Annealeze machine and the one from Mike's reloading bench. I don't care for the Annealeze machine. Mikes is much better. The Annealeze machine's roller has that rubbery stuff on it's roller that is supposed to spin the case in the flame. Mine would not consistently spin the cases. They would spin intermittently and you would not get a consistent anneal. Mke's does not have that problem.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_VQ...ature=youtu.be
    The orings seem to grip my cases better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatelvis View Post
    I've been reloading for 30+ years and aim more and more for long range rifle accuracy. I've tried many of the methods and gadgets over the years, some work, some not so much. Where will an annealer fit into that list? The idea of consistent neck tension makes me warm and fuzzy. Lol Thanks Guys!
    It depends on what you define long range as and what you and your equipment are capable of. For all my LR competition loads they get annealed every time.

    I use this one http://bench-source.com/id81.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    I bought the Annealeez. It works w/in its limitations. All annealers have limitations. The horizontal ones are the most adjustable but they come w/ a steep price tag.

    Here is a short video of it in action: http://s198.photobucket.com/user/dra...F8A_1.mp4.html




    This is what I used for years. But it doesn't provide uniform neck tension. And the process takes longer than one of the machines. It does work but the machines provide consistent results.
    That's very neat. Have you done any head to head tests with ammo annealed on it versus a hand torch?

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    I love mine.....


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    I also have the annealeez, works great I have annealed thousands of cases and have not had any problems with it. best $300 I have spent on a tool.
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    Same here ... I broke down and bought an Annealeeze last year and I love mine. It's done a ton of my brass so far and there is still a bunch to go. Makes a much faster and easier job of it. I bought all of the accessory wheels to do other calibres at the same time.
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