Q. Should I anneal before or after case sizing?
A. This is a matter of choice. Upon returning from the range the very first thing I do is deprime all cases and then anneal them. My feeling is if any heat warp occurred this would be corrected with resizing.
Q. What torch heads should I use?
A. We recommend the BernzOmatic torches, available at our shopping cart. Any brand is ok that has a torch head about 1/2" diameter producing a pencil flame, avoid tips producing a spreader flame. Do not use excessively long torches, our torches when installed on the propane cylinders measure about 12 1/4" when the assembly is stood up vertically.
A. Click CTG. CASE HOLDER LIST. Our holders, 1 through 10 accommodate more than 97% of the 484 cases listed, also see below;
#2 Holder, .300 Win Mag & all cases not over .542" Dia. X at least 1.75" long.
#3 Holder, .223 Rem. & all cases not over .417" Dia. X at least 1.250" long.
#4 Holder, .22 Hornet. .30 Carbine & all cases not over .417 Dia, X at least 1.0" long.
#5 Holder, 6PPC, .38 Spl, & all cases not over .480" Dia. X at least 1.0" long.
#6 Holder, .44 Spl & Mag. .45 Colt & all cases not over .542" Dia, X at least 1.0" long.
#8 Holder, .30-30, .300 WSM, .300 RUM + all RUM cases & all not over .573" Dia. X at least 1.5" long.
#9 Holder, .338 Lapua, .45-70, .378 & .460 Weatherby Mag & all cases not over .605" Dia. X at least 1.75" long.
#10 holder, .50 BMG, .50-110 Sharps, .577 & .600 Nitro Express & all cases not over .823" Dia. X at least 2.0" long
NOTE! for any case that is too short for the above, that case holder may still be used if you make a ball from aluminum foil and press it into the bottom of each hole to act as a shim. If desired we can make up special custom cartridge case holders, this requires a phone order to 479-629-5566.
Q. How do I get the Tempilaq out of my case after it has been annealed?
A. Rubbing alcohol, place your cases neck down in a shallow bath of 50/50 to 90% rubbing alcohol, soak 1 - 2 minutes, use a bore brush 1 size larger than caliber, it will brush out easily. Alcohol is flammable, do not have it present anywhere near a flame or ignition source.
A. The research I have done with brass manufacturers as well as metallurgists recommend minimum of 700 and max. of 800 Deg. F. on the case neck. This is why we use 750 deg. F. Tempilaq as it is right in the middle of the proper range. Tempilaq is guaranteed accurate to plus or minus one percent of 750 Deg. rating, a total spread of just 15 deg. F. I have annealed many thousands of cases at this temperature and have had excellent results.
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Q. Which propane bottles should I use?
A. Only the short squat bottles measuring about 4" diameter X 8" tall holding about 1 lb. Never attempt to use the taller skinny bottles measuring 10" to 11" tall as these slender tall bottles when 70 to 80% of the propane has been used become top-heavy and will fall out while lit.
Q. Should I anneal before or after cleaning my cases?
A. Again this is a matter of personal choice. If you polish your cases and then anneal them, in time, the classic annealing patina
will develop in the neck area, this is oxidation. If you polished or clean your brass after annealing the patina will never
Q. How many times can I expect to fire my annealed cases.
A. Tough question, depends if you full length or neck size, how much larger is your chamber compared to your resized cases, the quality of the brass, the power of the reloads. A bench rest shooter set a record at 600 Meters using cases he anneals after every firing, it was the 58 times those cases were fired. Obviously he had a very tight chamber neck and worked the brass minimally, to launch the projectile out 600 Meters his loads were certainly not low powered.