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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: FS Star reloader w/ .38 Special dies
« on: October 17, 2020, 07:03:43 pm »
yes it is.


The Star Greaser uses Solid sticks to the best advantage.

Hollow ones 'can' be used in a pinch; but, you will get the annoying 'pop' of trapped air released as you progress.



Dave,  I'm glad you gave me instructions when you sold me the Star luber appx 11 years ago.  Lube ran out today and I had to figure out how to remove the innards to load another lube stick.  Back in business and I had some solid sticks.

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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / FS Star reloader w/ .38 Special dies
« on: July 05, 2020, 10:16:15 pm »
I never did get the Star loader set up and finally decided I'd stick with Dillon as it's easy to set up for different caliber.  Having said that I'm ready to sell the one I bought about 10 years ago and never got set up.  It's supposedly all there, has .38 Special dies and a case hopper/funnel.  I'll sell it for $550 plus shipping.

This is a Universal machine with a taper crimp die.  The case feeder is  an MA Systems clone.
Bill W

I haven't added lube to my Star since before my casting/shooting break.  I'm wondering, does the Start take solid lube tubes or hollow?  Looking down the top of the top of the tube I'd say it's solid tubes.  Am I correct.


I rethought the bullets I wanted to lube on the Star.  Switched from one with skinny lube grooves to a Keith style 358429 and alignment was lots easier.  I lubed 300 bullets in 21 minutes.  Works real quick.

it's got two rows Dave and I had a hard time lining them up.  Then I quit.

Thanks for the input Dave.

Found out the bullet I was lubing had so short of a bearing surface that I kept getting lube in areas I didn't want.  Eventually went to an RCBS manual luber.  I sure do like the speed of poking bullets in the Star.  Back when I used it before I was shooting 180 grain .38's.  This time I'm lubing 150 grain 38's.  I guess the 30 grain difference called for a shorter bearing surface, hence the difficulty I was getting in lining everything up correctly.

I thought the Star was a nose first sizer?   Or is it both.  I know when I used it earlier I sized nose first.   I know that sizing nose first I don't need a lot of different shaped rods for different noses.

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« on: June 13, 2020, 07:37:08 pm »
I'm setting a Star up to lube some .38 caliber bullets and am getting too much lube coming out.  Some comes out in a glob in front of the bullet nose.  I plugged a row of holes but in hindsight I think I plugged the wrong row.  I plugged the bottom row and now think it was the top row that needs plugged. Doing this to match the bearing length of the bullet.

If anyone wants to give me a refresher course on setting up for a new bullet I'm all ears.


Star Reloaders / Re: Star Loader set up questions
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:34:56 pm »
I got a diagram from Bruce and didn't get the time to fiddle with the reloader until tomorrow.

Star Reloaders / Star Loader set up questions
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:23:47 pm »
I bought a Star loader about 7 years ago from someone on this site.  I wasn't able to get a loading bench setup at my new house until two weeks ago.  The guy I bought the loader from disassembled it for shipment and now I'm having an issue or two getting it put back together.  Right now my issues are with the priming feeder system and the powder drop system.  What I could use is an expanded view diagram of each of those areas.  The standard diagram of the whole unit is a bit confusing to me trying to separate out the two sysems.  Is there one somewhere I might use to assemble the two sytems? 

Oh, also first post from me.

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