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    anealing hornady brass

    hello, I've been offered a load of hornady 204 brass, I'm told that this is crap for reloading because it is to hard and brittle, would anealing it make it useable and last longer? thanks

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    It might. I have some Hornady 204 here also, but I had to buy loaded ammo to get it. I'll be reloading it shortly. It can't be that bad.

    Been trying to get an RFD to order me 100 rounds of Norma ammo, just so I can shoot it and save the brass.

    The Hornady factory is shooting under half an inch, so not bad at all.
    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    It might. I have some Hornady 204 here also, but I had to buy loaded ammo to get it. I'll be reloading it shortly. It can't be that bad.

    Been trying to get an RFD to order me 100 rounds of Norma ammo, just so I can shoot it and save the brass.

    The Hornady factory is shooting under half an inch, so not bad at all.
    Would it not just be easier and cheaper to buy 100 empty Norma cases, or am I missing something really obvious?

    Norma USA Reloading Brass 204 Ruger Box of 100 (Bulk Packaged) - 25510-3 (100) - Midway UK

    £78.18/100
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    if they had them in stock i would buy 500 but unfortunatley they dont think they will be getting any for the foreseeable future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm View Post
    if they had them in stock i would buy 500 but unfortunatley they dont think they will be getting any for the foreseeable future
    Is this fallout from the Yanks going nuts in Cabelas and Wal-mart?
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    i would have thaught so, pain in the ass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm View Post
    hello, I've been offered a load of hornady 204 brass, I'm told that this is crap for reloading because it is to hard and brittle, would anealing it make it useable and last longer? thanks
    Been reforming Hornady 204 brass down to 17 Rem without annealing - no splits, forms without issue. I think what you have been told is 'crap'!
    Annealing will improve case life, [I anneal every couple of loading cycles]. The 17 is generally a candidate because the brass is like rocking horse poo.

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    I would say it might help. I have done it in the past but it's not very easy to get a consistent heating of the cases with a flame. How do you go about it J0e_bl0ggs?

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    Have you tried going from 223 to 17 Joe? If so with what results? As 223 cases are relatively cheap this would seem the route to go
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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    Have you tried going from 223 to 17 Joe? If so with what results? As 223 cases are relatively cheap this would seem the route to go

    223 to 17 is a piece of pi$$, perfectly acceptable even if 30 thou short in the neck - it forms without any problems and case capacity is damn close to the 17 Rem too.
    I wanted to have a unique headstamp for a certain application hence the 'messing around' with the Hornady 204 brass.
    There was one small hiccup and that was that I had to make an inside neck reamer for the 204 brass - all sorted now - perfect 17Rem cases and not at £60+ per 100!



    I would say it might help. I have done it in the past but it's not very easy to get a consistent heating of the cases with a flame. How do you go about it J0e_bl0ggs?
    Like this...
    Motor runs continually and pneumatics drive case into the flame for whatever time I set [around 5.5 seconds] then pulls case out of flame.
    Actually find it quite cathartic to use!


    Made out of junk I had laying around.

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