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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: double powder loads
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:55:53 pm »
I have had success with attaching a clear flexible piece of "plastic" tubing onto the powder drop tube with a clamp on the bottom end.  It is about a foot long and drapes over the side of the shell plate.  The powder drops into the tube and when you are finished with your pull it off the drop tube and dump it back into your powder reservoir.


Star Reloaders / Re: Brass "Y" powder dump
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:20:10 am »
I believe I got one like that from Richard Daniels (aka - Barrel Tester).....

Star Reloaders / Re: Interference in the expander/primer stage
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:20:04 pm »
I believe that most of the time, you need to use a taper crimp die that has been modified "shortened" if you are using a mechanically operated case kicker....or it will hit the case kicker mechanism before the bottom of the stroke.  I always prefer to use taper crimp dies and my 38 spc/45 lc/44 spc and 45 acp taper crimp dies are all modified as described.

Dave Wilson (fc 60) modified three of these and they work great.  His email address is posted.

George (aka Welsh Rifleman)

If you don't find someone who has one for sale, Magma Star sells them with whatever hole configuration you want....they even call one the "swiss cheese" version.  Last time I checked they are still about $45.00.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB 45 ACP Shell plate
« on: March 17, 2014, 08:05:05 am »
Rich Daniels (Barrel Tester) makes shell plates.  He does excellent machining.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: 45ACP shell plate
« on: February 15, 2014, 02:13:38 pm »
I have an extra used one in very good sent.


Star Reloaders / Re: Indexer - PM to Tony
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:48:10 am »
Hello Tony.....sent you a pm.


k5vuu at comcast dot net (email also on my profile)

Star Reloaders / Re: Indexer - PM to Tony
« on: February 10, 2014, 05:31:11 pm »
Hello Tony.....sent you a pm with a question.

George (aka Welsh Rifleman)

Star Reloaders / Re: Indexer
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:14:38 pm »
I am really enjoying the discussion and comments from different perspectives.  I find that after many years of shooting, I am now enjoying the equipment set up, experimentation and calibration, etc. more than cranking out the rounds.  Always focusing on the repeat-ability, uniformity and performance of each round. One attraction of the Star is that there are so many variables from the very basic fundamental set up to the fully the many combinations in between.

For example, this topic of "Indexers" has lead us from..."reasons to use or not to use"......"which one of the various versions should we use"....."if we use one how do we manage the maintenance"....etc. etc. etc.

As I got older, I discovered that I was enjoying the planning and preparing for the "hunting trip".....more enjoyable than the "hunt".  Over many years of deer hunting in Texas, I went from long range bolt action rifles, to single shot rifles, to black powder cartridges, to muzzle loaders, to compound bows, to primitive recurves, to staying at home by the fire and talking about it.

As I reached a relative comfort zone on each method, I moved on....because I really think I enjoyed the new challenge of getting ready for the activity more than I enjoyed the activity.  My introduction to the Star over the past couple of years has provided many opportunities to discover and experiment and never get bored.  Ain't it fun?

Star Reloaders / Re: Indexer
« on: February 04, 2014, 01:58:21 pm »
My understanding is that you need 3 primary conditions to have wear between two, force and relative motion.  We obviously have all 3 when we rotate the shell plate.  If we rotate the shell plate by "pushing" against one of the cases with an indexer or with our finger....we are creating the relative motion and the force resulting from the "pushing" action in both cases.  And in both cases, the case would "tilt" forward probably resulting in some "point" loading on the forward end of the case rim.  Of course any abrasive substances between the two surfaces would increase the wear pattern....e.g. gunpowder, primer residue, dirty cases, etc.  I believe that the biggest culprit in the wear patterns that Bruce pictured is a very high volume with a poor cleaning routine if any cleaning at all.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Powder bar
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:58:43 pm »
Have you considered increasing the powder bar housing size and adding one of Richard's larger adjustable charge bars?  He makes them in many configurations.  I also believe Richard makes the larger housings and I know that Bruce Williams makes a kit to upgrade to a 1/2 inch size....Just some thoughts.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Powder bar
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:26:59 am »
Richard Daniels aka Barrel Tester makes top quality adjustable powder bars....I have 4 of them.... :)

Star Reloaders / Re: The Holy Grail of Star dies
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:00:49 am »
Send Dave a personal message and he can respond to you with more contact information.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: 38 super lightweight colt
« on: January 17, 2014, 05:00:51 pm »
Hello.....many years ago, I used to shoot a 38 super 1911 with a long slide....set up by a local gunsmith....Eddie Jimenea.  I was shooting it double tap and it was a lot of fun seeing all the "two bullets holes touching".  I was using a load of Winchester 231 and a 150 grain lead round nose.  I don't remember the exact load....but I am sure you can find it in a lot of places.


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: Hulme Case Feeder Cam Plate
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:43:13 pm »
I got one from Richard Daniels aka Barrel Tester.  You can get his email from the members list under Barrel Tester.

I have several of his "creations" and he does excellent work.


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