Why Anneal? From my own experience here in the shop........
new brass is annealed at the neck by the factories to keep the brass from splitting. However, some cases such as .357 Rem. Max., which is fairly popular for necking down and reforming to a rimmed version of such rounds as .300 Whisper and .221 Fireball, will usually not neck down without ruining the case unless it is first given a better annealing than the factory gives it and annealed further down the case as well.
.444 Marlin can also be a problem, especially when shortened and necked down.
Supplying reformed brass made from these two cases made it absolutely necessary for me to set up a production annealing machine, one that will handle everything from .25 ACP to .50 BMG.
|Now all reformed brass I provide is run through the annealing machine first!|
Annealing is done properly with the case head kept cool running in water and the temperature kept at the right range so as to make the brass pliable, but not dead soft.
|Production Case Annealing Machine built by Jim "SHOTS" Hendershot and Mike Bellm|
Shown here are .444 Marlin cases being annealed far down the body for reforming to the very short 1.4" long .30 Bellm cartridge.
Temperature and the annealing zone are cotrolled by depth of water in the pan under the shell plate the cases rotate through the flames in, height of the curved burners on both sides of the cases, and the air/fuel mix fed to the burners.
This is our first design, a departure from other machines being sold. When the time comes to step up capacity, we have another design in mind that should work even better.
So far, I have run quite a few thousand cases through the machine with excellent results, annealing cases both before AND after reforming them to something else.
Some brass simply cannot be reformed without annealing first, and case life is extended by proper annealing after reforming.
Cases being fireformed to an Ackley Improved configuration also benefit from annealing before fireforming.
Periodic annealing maintains correct neck tension and keeps cases from splitting. When some brass cases now cost $2 or more each annealing is good insurance it will certainly last longer.
|Formed and Double Annealed .30 Bellm Brass|
|Annealed, formed, then given a final annealing. Due to extensive forming work .30 Bellm brass as above is $150/hundred or $1.50 each.|
|Annealing Prices, your brass or mine.|
|$20 for the first 100 cases. |
This is for setting up/adjusting the machine for the height of the case and temperature and for the basic time and cost of handling the order.
|$7.50/Hundred thereafter. |
mix or match basic lengths of cases.
May be a setup charge of wide variations of case length.
Cases MUST arrive sorted by approx. length.
Best deal right now is postal Priority Mail "Flat Rate" boxes.
Whatever will fit in a Flat Rate box will be returned at $15.00 per box regardless of weight, insured, using as many boxes as required.
However, past two boxes, UPS may be the cheaper way to ship.
USPS Flat Rate Boxes are available from your post office. UPS/Fed-Ex are fine also of course.
|New Brass I supply.|
Unaltered, annealed new brass is priced at the cost of the brass plus the above rates for annealing.
|Brass I am currently supplying:|
|.444 Marlin: |
|.357 Rem. Maximum brass:
OUT OF STOCK.
Call Kurt to order: 970 433 9525
|Send brass to or order from:
6721 6150 Road
Olathe, CO 81425