Annealing at the table

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Then you must dry them.
Drying sucks, another time consuming task .
They cool pretty quick anyway by the time you do 50 cases the first one is cooled off already.

But if you are dealing with a big chunk of copper and need to work on it now the water cooled method will speed up your time.
 

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I recently sold a Mosin 91/30, and had some brass already fire-formed to that (oversize) chamber.

x54r brass is not something one finds laying around every day, at least the reloadable brass, so I need to use this brass in another rifle. I don't want to just full-length resize, as I aim to get maximum life from this brass (I'm frugal....okay, cheap).

To that end, I set up my high-tech annealing station. Don't tell me about how I'm ruining the brass unless I use a commercial setup costing hundreds of dollars. I've annealed this way many times.
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The cheap front rest allows me to adjust the height of the torch to match the level of the cartridge case. After a few episodes in which the (lit) torch fell off the rest and table, I secure it in place with a bit of cord.
Nothing like chasing a lit torch across the kitchen floor, in the dark....

Works a treat. I have some brass that I've fired 9 times without full-length resizing, and that brass was used when I got it. After the brass is fired in a rifle, it stays with that particular rifle. That's something of a trick, now that I have 3 Mosins, but I make it work.

This brass will get resized, length checked, and then become a batch for one of the Finns.


LOL! Your set-up is a whole lot fancier than mine! I'll try to set it up later and get a pic!



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Then you must dry them.
Drying sucks, another time consuming task .
They cool pretty quick anyway by the time you do 50 cases the first one is cooled off already.

But if you are dealing with a big chunk of copper and need to work on it now the water cooled method will speed up your time.
Ah, makes sense.
 

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Now, this is bare essentials. I imagine if'n I did this on the kitchen table, I'd have to budget in a divorce!

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A friend of mine found a 'sacrificial' golf club ... probably a one iron.


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