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Star Reloaders / Re: What to use to cut plastic powder hopper
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:01:48 pm »

Star Reloaders / What to use to cut plastic powder hopper
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:09:55 am »
I have a powder hopper/reservoir that I purchased a while back that is longer than the standard usually found on a Star.  It is actually a little too big.  What can I use to cut off a couple inches without destroying it in the process?  Thanks in advance.

One of the guys on the Bullseye-L Forum is looking for an indexer.  If you have one, let me know your email and I will have him contact you directly.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Misc parts for sale
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:09:59 pm »
I have a .38 Special shell plate, .45 ACP shell plate and two tool head main springs for sale.

$200 for all, includes shipping.  Check or money order okay.  No PayPal.

You can email me at cdrt05 "at"

Star Reloaders / Re: Powder slide scored by debris
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:43:04 am »
Just a follow up.  Even though I repaired the upper powder slide housing, I went ahead and ordered a new one from Bruce.  Glad there is someone out there who took over the company and is making repair parts.

Star Reloaders / Re: Powder slide scored by debris
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:52:01 pm »
I checked the brass threads on the powder reservoir and there were no chips or anything that looked like the piece that embedded itself in the top of the housing.  The threads were clean and all there.  I guess it will remain a mystery.  I checked with Bruce about getting a new housing top, just to have a spare, but I need to see what other parts might be nice to have around.  In all the years I've owned this press, the only thing that ever broke was the tool head spring and I got a spare when I ordered the replacement back when Star was in business in San Diego.

Star Reloaders / Re: Powder slide scored by debris
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:05:37 pm »
Thanks.  It's a newer plastic powder reservoir but I will check the threads.  No powder drain.  The cardboard was in a new plastic container of Bullseye.  When I called them to complain, they just shrugged it off.

Star Reloaders / Powder slide scored by debris
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:28:53 pm »
I've never had this happen before.  I was loading some .45 ACP's when the press started to make a horrible sound when I would pull down on the handle.  I stopped loading and took it apart.  A small piece of debris, that looked like brass had embedded itself in the upper powder slide housing and it cut a groove in the top of the powder slide to the rear of the hole.  I can't imagine where it came from, unless it was in the can of powder I was using; Bullseye.  It would not be the first time I had something foreign in a can of Bullseye.  One time it was a small piece of cardboard.

I could not get whatever it was out of the housing, so I took a fine Swiss file and carefully smoothed it out.  After putting everything back together, it all seemed to work as intended.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Primer selection
« on: October 28, 2016, 08:19:27 am »
I've used S&B primers for a couple of years now, when I can't find Winchesters.  They all have gone bang.  I've also used Tula primers, but their specs are a little off and I have had them jam the machine. 

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: W/tb 00 4.5 gr. bullseye charge bar
« on: November 25, 2012, 09:07:37 am »
If you type in your email the regular way with the "at" sign and no spaces, it will edit it out.  You have to type it like "my email name" at or whatever the end server is.  Mine would be cdrt05 at, for example.   If I typed it in the regular way it looks like this: [no e-mail]

If you want us to see your email, you need to list it with the word "at" rather than the symbol.  Also, it's a Hulme casefeeder not Holm.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: WST loads for 38 wadcutters
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:44:27 am »
Very nice :o, but it looks like you need to come down half a click  ;)

I did on the next target and shot a 98-5x.   :(  I ended up with a 825-25X because my first two slow fires were terrible.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: WST loads for 38 wadcutters
« on: January 11, 2012, 03:31:54 pm »
Okay, if we're going to attach photos.  I shot this with my Clark at a 2700 Bullseye match in Dallas on the timed fire stage at 25 yards.  ;D   This was with the Remington bullet and my BE load of 2.7 grains.  I do taper crimp them for the Clark.  I used to do a slight roll crimp but found it was not needed.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: WST loads for 38 wadcutters
« on: January 11, 2012, 08:49:30 am »
I found with my Clark 1911A1 .38 Special, that if I went over 700 fps with any swaged bullet, I would get some leading.  Right now I'm using 2.7 grains of Bullseye with Remington's 148 grain HBWC and it seems to work pretty well.

Looking at the WST load at the website above, I would suggest starting with the minimum load and see how it works.  Their max load is over 700 fps so I would just check on leading if you have to go that high.

You shouldn't need to trim cases.  I never have for light pistol loads; the brass just doesn't seem to grow like it does with rifle loads.

I seat the Rem bullet just slightly below the case rim, which is what the factory load looks like.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: die and expander nuts, # 17 & 19
« on: November 27, 2011, 12:20:32 pm »
The 69 is for the small stem die.  The 69U for the larger stem.  My .45 ACP press has the older, small stem on the taper crimp die, so it requires the small nut.

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