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Discussion in 'General Reloading' started by jerry, Mar 11, 2018.
hard on the neck and back but worth the results.
I should probably anneal too, but I’ve never gotten around to it. That would’ve saved some 30-30 cases I’ve had to get rid of due to case splitting.
Just started trialing it here and there. It looks like they got a bit overdone, but there’s a difference in dark and no light.
What happens if they’re over-cooked? Brittle?
Arent they supposed to be dowsed immediately when color is reached?
That is tipped over into water?
I’ve tested it both ways. Using the crush method to check hardness or softness depending on how you look at it.
I’ll most likely tip the next ones over just to be consistent. The 45-70 is large enough to be one big heat sink. It cools pretty quick.
Not very scientific but can feel it pretty good. 45-70, I can crush it a bit with fingers where there is no give on a non annealed case.
Got a little curious. Used my fingers to hold a case in front of the flame in the dark. I could get the front end pink before feeling too hot on the fingers.
I’m no expert by any means. Mainly messing with this in the 45-70 so the lower end reduced loads seal on the chamber well. Plus the brass is pricy and not a range pick up item. So making it last as much as possible is good. Visuallly, you can get a pretty good feel for what good looks like. Main thing is not to go too hot and not let the base get hot.
Well, if you can hold the shell while the case mouth is glowing red, then I wouldn’t be too worried about the lower portion getting too hot if it’s sitting in a pan of water through the process.
I’m surprised that you didn’t burn your fingerprints off though. lol
I would drop it a little sooner. One time deal to see where the threshold was.
Of course would be different on say a 223.
Appreciate the input.
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