You may have considered annealing brass case necks, but were hesitant. Viewing some YouTube annealing videos you concluded guessing brass temperature by color being a wild guess, potentially dangerous, and you would be absolutely correct. Without annealing, brass usually begins failing after 5 to 7 firings, with cracked necks. A bench rest shooter set a 5 shot .861” group record at 600 yards a number of years back. He stated he anneals after every firing, it was the 58th time he fired this brass (tight custom chamber). It’s well-documented correct brass case neck annealing increases accuracy and lengthens case life. The Anneal-Rite guarantees perfect results every time, annealing 500 to 600 cases per hour. This is twice as fast as the induction unit and at a fraction of its cost
Correct cartridge case neck annealing is incredibly beneficial, increasing brass life and tightening your groups. If annealing is improperly done benefits are nullified & the case can fail with a head blowout when fired. Anneal-Rite guarantees precise annealing at the correct temperature of 750° F. every time following the simple step by step instructions included.
NO – ABSOLUTELY NOT! An annealed case head can blow out when fired, wrecking the firearm causing bodily injury. The key to proper annealing is heating the case neck evenly & quickly to 750° F. then letting it air cool. This must be done without increasing the temperature of the case head (or base) above 481° F. (brass begins to anneal at 482°F). Cartridge brass manufacturers and metallurgists state the proper neck annealing temperature is between 700 to 800° F. Competitive annealers don’t guarantee accuracy, relying on guesswork, or mailing off samples of your brass for analysis. The Anneal-Rite is provided with 750° F. Tempilaq which precisely indicating this temperature totally eliminating guesswork. Tempilaq is guaranteed accurate to plus or minus 7 ½° assuring perfect neck annealing every time.
In the past information on cartridge brass neck annealing was almost nonexistent. Old timers stood cases up in a pan of water 1/3 case depth, heated the case neck with a torch to a low red glow, then tipped it over in the water. The question is what temperature is brass when it emits a low red glow anyway? This method is messy, slow and just a wild guess at temperature. Water quenching brass makes no metallurgical change at all, brass does not react like heat treating steel which hardens when quenched. The idea of water quenching brass was to stop the annealing process, it stop when removed from the heat. Brass manufacturers don’t water quench annealed cases, they let them air cool.
Another old method was to hold a case in your fingers, dip the neck into molten lead and then remove to cool when the case became hot to hold. Before dipping into the molten lead, it was advised to smoke the necks with carbon in order to prevent soldering lead to the case neck.
Another method is similar to the above but is dipping the case into a molten salt bath. A recent Anneal-Rite customer reported bad results with this method and abandoned it. Anneal-Rite is fast producing guaranteed perfect results
There are several carousel-style annealing machines & a few other designs available. These units are expensive, better than standing cases up in a pan of water & heating the neck one case at a time. Typically, these units are not furnished with any temperature measuring method. The Anneal-Rite is reasonable and comes with precise temperature indicating with 750° F. Tempilaq and its guaranteed accurate to plus or minus 7 1/2° F.
Anneal-Rite, if you want to see a very good video showing precise case neck annealing at exactly 750° F. go to the home page and view the demonstration video or call (479) 629-5566 for a U.S rep.9am to 9pm Mon.-Sat
There are two basic methods which give instant and precise temperature readings when the case is being annealed. The first is an infrared temperature sensor that measures metal temperature even looking through flames & give an accurate reading, sadly this device, set up, costs over $5,000.00. The most practical is 750° F Tempilaq, its very affordable, guaranteed to plus or minus 7 ½° F. which is in the exact center of proper neck annealing temperature of 700°F to 800°F. a bottle of 750°F. Tempilaq is furnished with each Anneal-Rite unit.
Sadly no, annealing must be done on a regular basis to keep consistently restore the brass to the proper ductility, removing work hardening stresses. It won’t hurt to anneal, don’t bank on returning them to near new condition. This is why many reloaders anneal after every firing. Brass is getting expensive, particularly for premium varieties.
A bench rest shooter set a 5 shot .861” group record at 600 yards. He anneals after every firing, it was the 58th time he fired this brass. Bench rest rifles normally have a tight chamber reamed to close tolerances particularly in the neck area just a couple of thousandths of an inch larger than the loaded round. My rifle is a Remington 700 with standard cut chamber. A box of fifty .308 Win. cases currently in use has just past 20 shots per case. These are annealed after every firing and they are still good, best 5 shot group ever was just under 5/8” at 300 yards, many groups 1” vertical X 3” horizontal courtesy of mother natures wind.
The Anneal-Rite guarantees perfect results every time, annealing 500 to 600 cases per hour. This is twice as fast as the induction unit and at a fraction of its cost.
Certainly, use the same procedure as non-plated. The plating is very thin just a couple of thousandths of an inch, enough to cover the brass. There are many cases where nickel plated brass was reloaded several times with the nickel worn through and brass beginning to show. So just anneal it as any brass case.
First removing the spent primers, then anneal the case. In this manner if the case neck would warp even .001” out of round from the heat it will be returned concentric and true after resizing.
Makes no difference at all. If annealed and then cleaned the cases will never show patina in the annealed area. If cleaned and then annealed the cases will show the patina as darkened metal, however this takes some time to develop as it is oxidation.
YES, our most popular cartridge case holders #1, 2, & 3 are bundled together two ways. You can order these either with or without propane torches. We also have two bundle deals where you can get every cartridge case holder we make allowing you to anneal almost every cartridge case imageable.
Yes, we can make a special holder for any case up to .823” diameter. It is best to call us for a custom order 479-629-5566 for a U.S rep. 9am to 9pm Mon.-Sat.
Yes, we mail our products to most countries, check with your customs to see if items wanted are approved to import. First email [email protected] stating the items wanted. We'll advising which size box is required, then proceed as follows.
Yes, the Anneal-Rite is shipped to most countries, check with your customs to see if items wanted can be legally imported to your country. First email [email protected] stating the items wanted. You will receive a return email advising which of the 3 boxes; small, medium or large will be required, then proceed as follows.