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    Annealing, when to do ?

    In a previous post I spoke about splitting Norma brass in 243 ( Norma Jaktmatch ammo) . After about 3 reloads ( 4 times fired) about 30 out of 100 cases are split. I plan to anneal the remaining 70 next week.

    I also have some new ( once fired factory ammo) cases by Federal, Hornady, Winchester and S&B . Should I also anneal them straight away ? This to prevent them splitting or should I wait until I see the first signs od splitting?
    Last edited by Hales Smut; 18-06-2016 at 08:08.

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    it may be a bad batch of brass. Are you neck sizing your brass when you reload or are you full length sizing?

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    Normally after 4/5 firings. However, going by your other post it may be you have an excessive headspace problem, this will wear out cases faster than normal and can result in splitting.

    Before you do anything I'd get a competent gunsmith to check your rifles chamber, a set of Go/NoGo gauges will do a simple check.

    Again, going by your other post, if you're full length sizing lube and size a fired case and see if it chambers OK, do the same with another case but this time try unscrewing your die 1/16 of a turn, keep doing this until you get a case that won't easily chamber then screw your die back in 1/16 turn. A properly sized case should chamber with almost no pressure on the bolt handle. The best way of doing this is with the firing pin removed.
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    Why is it best to remove the firing pin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    Why is it best to remove the firing pin?
    removes the tension felt with the cocking action
    you only feel the case shoulder hit the chamber

    gives much more accurate feel

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    removes the tension felt with the cocking action
    you only feel the case shoulder hit the chamber

    gives much more accurate feel
    Thanks for that!

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    A friend om mine is reloading for me and I help him to learn the tricks of the trade.
    We always resize full lenght. He reloads for more than 25 years, but strictly along the book. Dimensions mostly come from the vihtavouri catalogue. The necks of my cases split lenghtwise. It was by explaining this to the gunshopowner, that he told me using a shim. Not to prevent the splitting, but to extend case life as there would be less stretch. He explained me that if a case splits/breaks in front of the bottom, this is a far more serious and difficult problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hales Smut View Post
    A friend om mine is reloading for me and I help him to learn the tricks of the trade.
    We always resize full lenght. He reloads for more than 25 years, but strictly along the book. Dimensions mostly come from the vihtavouri catalogue. The necks of my cases split lenghtwise. It was by explaining this to the gunshopowner, that he told me using a shim. Not to prevent the splitting, but to extend case life as there would be less stretch. He explained me that if a case splits/breaks in front of the bottom, this is a far more serious and difficult problem.
    Hales Smut, I'm not at all sure your friends technique is extending your case life,how many times do you reload a piece of brass,what calibre (s). I very seldom have cases splitting or coming apart. john
    Last edited by Highlandsjohn; 18-06-2016 at 10:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hales Smut View Post
    In a previous post I spoke about splitting Norma brass in 243 ( Norma Jaktmatch ammo) . After about 3 reloads ( 4 times fired) about 30 out of 100 cases are split. I plan to anneal the remaining 70 next week.

    I also have some new ( once fired factory ammo) cases by Federal, Hornady, Winchester and S&B . Should I also anneal them straight away ? This to prevent them splitting or should I wait until I see the first signs od splitting?
    Depends on how old the brass is. Brass hardens with age.

    I anneal all of my old brass and the in use stuff every other firing.
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