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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Powder Check
« on: Yesterday at 11:32:08 am »
My presses are mounted 90 degrees clockwise, which enables me to see into the case after the powder drop.
Press lever in left hand and bullets in right hand.

Star Reloaders / Re: 223 conversion parts
« on: January 05, 2023, 07:49:47 pm »
I live near where Berdon made his version and purchased a few of them in pieces from a partner.
I kept the one for .223 and gave the others to a friend to monkey with.
They are crudely made compared to Star, but I can machine/weld better parts where needed.
They have more travel than a Star. Check out the gun shows, so could be an option for those wanting one .

Star Reloaders / Re: New Member, "New" Star
« on: March 28, 2022, 01:31:00 am »
Same setup as mine, nice and solid.
Turn the press 90 degrees clockwise and you can see the powder charge for safety.
It also allows you to operate the handle with your left hand and place boolits with you right hand.
Hope this helps

Star Reloaders / Re: Moon Unit Bolt Replacement
« on: December 24, 2020, 01:18:35 pm »
Which bolt? You can get #'s 1 & 3 at any good hardware store.
#2: Is a custom made bolt
Hope this helps,

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading Hi-Tek coated bullets
« on: December 06, 2020, 03:27:10 pm »
Hi Warren,
I made my expander out of A10 tool steel.
There are members on this forum that make parts for sale. Hopefully one of them can help you out.
I used Brazos 160's at 25yds last season. My 50yd load with 180's actually had less felt recoil.
Hope this helps,

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading Hi-Tek coated bullets
« on: December 05, 2020, 09:25:37 pm »
I used Brazos coated 180gr 45cal LSWC and had great 50yd slow-fire groups. The Ransom Rest produced consistent 2" to 2-1/2" groups [no e-mail]@ 50yds.
I'm going to order more for next season.
I have a custom step expander in my Star, so I can't address your expander question.

Star Reloaders / Re: Powder Measure mounting
« on: January 22, 2020, 02:29:59 pm »
Hi Jasper,
I bought a bunch of Berdan machines a while ago and yours doesn't match them. I also have Stars and no match there.
The die head on yours looks machined and welded - is it?. The other brands are cast.
Another way to check is the use of Star's 1/2-27tpi expander plug thread. Not a normal pitch. See if yours is 1/2-20 or 28tpi.
Hope this helps,

Star Reloaders / Re: progressive press
« on: September 23, 2019, 08:42:41 pm »
I personally own a Progressive (my only Star) and have asked repeatedly about having it converted to another caliber, but the cost and effort would be prohibitive according to everyone I've talked to.  If anyone can now do a simple conversion of my Progressive to 32 S&W Long, I'd love to hear from you.<SNIP>


Hi Froggie,
I added 79U locating straps to my progressive press shown here:

I have a 7/8" tool head. Is that what you want?

Star Reloaders / Re: Convert STAR Progressive to load 9mm ?
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:00:10 pm »
A few years ago Dave made me a 9mm conversion for my Universal. He does beutiful, accurate work!!!

I have a .38spl progressive that I machined slots and added locating straps to the base to make it easier to remove 38spl cases in the event of a non-conformance.

Star Reloaders / Re: Convert STAR Progressive to load 9mm ?
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:57:07 pm »
Not all progressives are identical:
The ID of my progressive base is right on 3.620. As you can see from the picture below of the 9mm shellplate the ID would need to be turned alittle bigger to give the 9mm cases a little clearance. Dimension across shellplate is 3.622.

Star Reloaders / Re: Helpfull Modification
« on: October 13, 2018, 01:42:47 am »
I have three Progressives and have modified two of them to mimic the Universal. The picture that Lindy posted of the first Progressive, I just copied the tabs on a Dillon 1000 that I have. On the second Progressive they were made like this and function much easier.

Star Reloaders / Re: New member/new to me Universal
« on: June 10, 2016, 09:29:33 pm »
Even if you kept slight positive gas pressure on the heat chamber?....My intent was to leave a trickle of argon flowing during the heat cycle...but maybe that isn't enough....maybe it would use way too much gas.

The foil is easy enough.

We purge a muffle furnace at work and it takes a Dewar Argon tank $$$$$. Stick with stainless bags.

Star Reloaders / Re: About to purchase my first Star reloaders
« on: June 10, 2016, 09:26:58 pm »
Greetings Humbo,

Your comment about volume loading on a Dillon 1050 made me snicker.

I have a friend that uses a Dillon 1050 for volume loading of "practice" ammo.

For his "Match" ammo, he loads on the Star.

Congratulations on the purchase of three nice Star machines.



Dave is snickering because it cost me a Kart barrel...............and a long drive home from Oregon.

Yes, it is a progressive press. The shellplate must be the progressive outside diameter to work.

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