Inline FabricationRotoMetals2Graf & SonsStainLess Steel Media
Lee PrecisionADvertise hereTitan ReloadingMidSouth Shooters Supply

Donate Now Goal amount for this year: 6000 USD, Received: 3800 USD (63%)
Our Annual server fund drive is going on now! This donation drive helps fund Cast Boolits for an entire year, and helps support our 2nd amendment rights! You can donate by Paypal by clicking the DONATE button. Or by Cash / Check / MO to the address below:

Willy Snyder
PO Box 2732
Pocatello, ID 83206
****Due to overwhelming e-mails, I will be very slow in updating this list. Please bear with me!****

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Sand/Salt Bath Annealing brass, has anyone tried this?

  1. #1
    Boolit Master Grmps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016

    Sand/Salt Bath Annealing brass, has anyone tried this?

    Sand/Salt Bath Annealing brass, has anyone tried this?



    Does anyone know the recipe blending the salt bath?

  2. #2
    Boolit Master Boolit_Head's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    I've used salt bath with good results. You can purchase low temperature salt for annealing from a couple of places. I did not get mine from Ballistic Recreations but got it from high temp tools.
    On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.

    Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823

  3. #3
    Boolit Master
    dragon813gt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Somewhere in SE PA

    Sand/Salt Bath Annealing brass, has anyone tried this?

    Yep, tried it and itís not worth the hazard. Found that in my unconditioned garage condensation can form on the inside of the case and when the water hits the molten salt itís explosive. The salts had to be at 1000 degrees to get any type of repeatable results. And no matter what I did I had salts sticking to cases which werenít easy to remove.

    There a lot of inexpensive automated annealers available. Theyíre a better option in all aspects. The subject of salt bath annealing from time to time. And someone usually states that I did something wrong. This wasnít the case and Iíve answered particulars questions before. There are better methods available.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Indian trail NC
    dip them in you lead casting pot you aready have everything you need to anneal your brass

  5. #5
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    May 2010
    central texas
    I used same salt as Boolit Head . Worked ok at best but my small Lee pot had problems holding temp.
    I built and now use an annealer like Elfster shows if that tells you anything.
    Last edited by kokomokid; 06-13-2018 at 09:24 AM.

  6. #6
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Not yet, but have been looking into going that route for awhile now, and plan to buy a Ballistic Recreations kit soon.
    I'd be interested in the (or a good alternative) salt recipe myself.

  7. #7
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Northwest Ohio
    I use sand. Its a very fine silica sand used in glass making. I pre heat the 10 pound lyman dipper pot for awhile ( use my lead thermometer to get temp right) and have a rack made to hold cases. work around the circle of holes. It works for me but Im annealing BPCR cases and these are usually thinner than other centerfire cases also. My rack has 12 evenly spaced holes and a stop plate to set depth.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
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
GC Gas Check