New Season, New Brass

New Season New Brass

With a new shooting season beginning I decided to spend a couple of hours during the weekend preparing some once fired brass for my 6.5×55.

The first step in my brass preparation was to anneal all the case necks. A demonstration on how this was done can be found here. Once annealed and dried off I Neck Sized and Deprimed the cases before dropping them into my case tumbler for a few hours to brighten them up. Three hours later and a few mugs of tea drunk my cases were clean and ready for their next step. The final six stages of case preparation involved cleaning the primer pocket, deburring the flash hole, squaring of the primer pocket, ensuring the case length was not exceeding the recommended published limit and finally chamfering and deburring the case mouth for bullet seating. I now have an additional 35 Lapua 6.5×55 ‘Once Fired Cases’ ready for reloading.

A Closer Look At Annealing Workstation

Annealing Workstation Trigger Engagement

I received a comment on my YouTube channel asking if I could make a video demonstrating how I was able to control the speed of the drill as it turned the Brass casing in the propane torch flame as it annealed my 6.5×55 cases.

I hope you find the following video helpful if you decide to design an annealing workstation similar to mine.

16 Seconds To Anneal One Case

Time To Anneal

During the Christmas holidays I decided I would put my annealing workstation to good use and anneal the 60+ cases that I was gifted a few months back.  After the initial setup to ensure the case neck was alligned properly and a test case run through the flame, I got the annealing process underway.

It took approximately 16 seconds per case for the 6.5×55 to anneal before I dumped the case into a pan of cold water.  In 25 minutes I had completed the annealing process and now I had to find a method to dry the brass without applying any additional extreme heat to the case.

Dry Firing – Something We Should Do More Often

Dry Firing Is Just As Important As Live Firing For Improvement

Recently I was reading an online article in Rifle Shooter Magazine that “David Tubb a High Power Rifle Champion in the USA” had contributed towards, where he talks about Dry Firing and how important it is as part of any training or changes you make in your shooting. 

I know many of us do Dry Fire at home or at the range but I thought that I would post this article for the readership that may not be aware of the benefits of Dry Firing.

Realigning Steyr Action Bushings

Action Bushings

Whilst using the Sinclair Action Cleaning Kit with a cotton swab attached in the Action of my Steyr Pro Hunter Rifle, I discovered that when I am turning the cleaning swab in and around the Action the swab ‘due to its size and tight fit’ will snag onto the Action Bushing and actually turn the Bushings in the Rifles Action out of alignment.

Once out of alignment the Bolt will not fully slide into the Action as the Bolt Locking Lugs are hitting against the Bushings that have now become misaligned.

Examine Your Cases Everytime

Range Brass

Just recently I was donated 100 cases of Lapua 6.5×55 fired range brass from a friend who bought a similar calibre.  Yep it’s always nice to get quality Lapua brass as a present.

Visual Inspections Are A Must

The other day I popped the cases into the media tumbler for a good cleaning so that I could De-Prime them and run them through my Neck Sizing Die and Prep them for loading.  After the cleaning process I started to examine the cases to check for any signs of damage in the case neck, body and head.  In all honesty I wasn’t expecting to see any signs of fatigue in the cases.

Sooted and Booted Part IV

One Swallow Does Not A Summer Make

My last range visit looked like I was onto a winner when my hotter loaded test ‘cases’ began to come out with less carbon fouling along the body and head.  With this positive outlook I handloaded 30 rounds of my prep’d cases that were neck trimmed to a uniform length, ‘see my previous post Sooted and Booted Part III for details of my test subjects’ and off to the range I went.