Iíve just finished annealing a small quantity of brass, 37 rnds, as a test. This brass had already been annealed by the person that gave it to me, and I fired it 2 or three times.
I annealed it again because I donít know how many times it had been fired, before I got it, and I wanted to learn how to do it, before I did some more and newer brass in the near future.
My question is, how much does annealing accomplish?
Does it bring the brass back to the same elasticity of new brass?
How many times can it be annealed, successfully? As many times as I want? Or is there a limit?
Does it harm the brass if you do it wrong or have you had a bad experience with annealed brass?
How much discoloration must I accept? (I annealed fired cases, and Iíve noticed that with the brass that had clean necks, the finished product was much cleaner, than the ones that were dirty to begin with. They were worse. The carbon burned into the necks, and pretty much impossible to clean, even with steel wool, and a case spinner, which is how I usually clean brass.)
Iíve read bunches on how-tos of annealing, but never got much on expectations, and results.
Thanks for any help you can offer on this.
Smitty of the North