Sunday, April 17, 2011

Annealing Lead Alloy for Softer Boolits - Final Hardness Results

To the new folks, there is a description of the Annealing test in the 2 prior posts.  To the regulars, welcome back for another visit.  Now, to the test results:

The hardness continues to increase, at a rate much like air cooled WW alloy.  After 14 days it's up to 12.5 BHN.  Annealing works incredibly well, for a week or two.  That's something to keep and mind and will aid you in making use of this information in the future.

For an afternoon plinking, it's probably not worth the effort.  For an event, or for a test day at the range, it can make a huge difference. 

Freezing the annealed bullets is a way to keep them soft for a longer period of time.  Testing the effectiveness of freezing is in the plans, so stay tuned for more analytics, charts and results.

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