View Full Version : Annealing for the first-timer

01-11-2008, 11:34 PM
Im looking to anneal my old brass to extend the case life, without buying a fancy rotary annealer.

My set-up is a drill chucked with socket to hold the shells in place, and guard the lower reigon of the case from heat. Heating source is a small pencil tip butane torch.

Im still playing with temp. and time exposure, as all these test cases will be exposed of, but as far as coloration goes, Ive read a few things. 6mmbr.com's annealing article shows properly annealed cases with a maroon tinted neck and shoulder, but Ive seen countless scores of Lapua brass with a greyish neck/shoulder and a maroon/purple band just below the shoulder.


^ Lapua brass with color band below shoulder.


Here is some .308 and .223 brass I did, the .223 didnt show up to well on camera, but some of the .308 is viable. can you tell from the pictures if Im on the right track or not?

David Halblom
01-13-2008, 06:04 PM
all used cases that you have annealed, I would say that you are on the right track. One caution,be sure you are only annealing the neck/shoulder area of the case. I do mine w/ the base sitting in water to avoid over annealing the lower portion of the case. I use the porpane torch "fire-ring" that was described in PS back in the late '90's. You will probably have to make one yourself. Don't think anyone is making the "ring" commercially. Good Sunday winter project