Annealing Nickel-Plated Brass?

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Tom-in-Pittsburgh posted this 2 weeks ago

Some of you may gave seen my earlier thread titled “ 8mm “Go/No Go” Chamber Gauge Question.” When I took this old inherited rifle out for the first time earlier this week, I shot it with eight left over rounds that I had loaded back in 2013. Looking over the fired cases this afternoon, I noticed a split neck on one of them.

Split Neck

Split Neck

I have routinely annealed some of my different caliber brass over the years, but never tried annealing any nickel-plated brass. Just thought I would ask you folks if that’s possible, or even recommended - or not? TIA, Tom

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Hornet posted this 2 weeks ago

I've annealed nickel-plated cases several times. If you're careful with the temperatures you might get some blue discoloration but it doesn't seem to hurt it any. I've got some nickel .30-30's that have been done several times and the only problem is that the plating is getting worn enough that the brass color is coming through. It seems to reduce any brittleness on the plating as well. Makes it possible to make some nice pretty nickel .256 Win Mag cases out of nickel .357's.

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Little Debbie posted this 2 weeks ago

I anneal a batch of nickel plated .30-30 brass every 5-7 loadings. It works the same as unplated brass for me. Seems to makes brass used for moderate cast bullet loads last forever.

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