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Old May 4, 2011, 04:01 PM   #6
cracked butt
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Hold the casehead between your thumb and fingers, rotate the neck in the hottest part of the flame. You will 2 changes in the brass that look like a wave moving from the neck towards the base, the first is the moisture being driven offf the surface, the second will be a slight discoloration. Once that second wave hits the bottom of the shoulder, dump it in a bucket of water.

If the brass gets hot enough to burn your fingers, you aren't heating it fast enough and/or are leaving it in the flame too long.
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