Preferred Annealing Torch

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Found some older threads on this but wanted to see what people are doing nowadays. I want to do some hand annealing so wondering what torch works good for everyone. I see there are tons of options on amazon and I feel like one of the pencil flame or fine flame ones might work best. Maybe I’m overthinking it. Anyways anyone have some recommendations?
 

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I'm using a cheap Bernz-o-matic propane from Lowe's. It's the on that has the three holes the flame to exit. I just hold the shoulder right where the bright blue flame transitions to a darker color and spin for six seconds (measured before with 750F Tempilaq). My SD's have all been less than ten and most are right at 5 doing this. More than adequate for my needs.

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I'm using a cheap Bernz-o-matic propane from Lowe's. It's the on that has the three holes the flame to exit. I just hold the shoulder right where the bright blue flame transitions to a darker color and spin for six seconds (measured before with 750F Tempilaq). My SD's have all been less than ten and most are right at 5 doing this. More than adequate for my needs.

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Awesome, I've been looking at the benzomatics so I'll just have to go to Lowes or Home depot or whatever and check them out.

I was wondering if some of the torch heads might be overkill and burn up propane in a hurry. Can you get quite a few cases annealed with a bottle of propane?
 

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I have done about 500 Grendel/Creedmoor cases on my first bottle. Still going strong.

Edit to add: Don't neglect to remove the bottle from the head every time after you're done. Probably makes it last a little longer.
 
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Reccomend the auto lighting head for the torch. Fyi map gas in the yellow bottle is hotter and quicker, a quick couple seconds spin in the fingers before it gets too hot to hold is sufficient.

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I use the regular bernzomatic torch head on a regular green propane bottle and get many hundreds of rounds from a single bottle. Don’t keep track, but would be surprised if it was less than 600-800 per bottle. I don’t remove the torch head either.
 

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Mapp is so much faster, just sayin.....
 

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Using one of these on Bench Source annealer. Could set up and use two, but the swirl head provides a larger, broader flame, whether camp gas spares I’m trying to use up or blue bottle propane. Has worked well to date, with a couple thousand annealings under torch.90A3E8E9-C497-4665-A27F-9111576F198B.jpeg