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Thanks for the info. I think I have located a set of dies. When I posted this I didn't know how difficult it would be to locate them.

Thanks again.

Thanks. Sent you an email.

Is it possible to use .45 ACP Dies to load .45 Long Colt Caliber on a Star Press if I am unable to locate a set of Star .45 Long Colt Dies? If so, what would be appropriate shell plate be?


I would like to buy a complete set of dies and shell plate for .45 Long Colt Caliber if anyone has one. 


Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Primer selection
« on: May 16, 2017, 02:32:53 pm »
This post is a little late on your thread however, I have good luck with Winchester, Remington and Federal primers in my Star presses. The one brand that will not function properly, for me, is CCI. For some reason they won't load properly and jam my machine up on a regular basis. I was loading some 9 m/m the other day & forgot about the CCI primer issue. I opted to use some CCI Small Pistol Primers I had & my press kept jamming up at the priming station. I switched to some Remington Small Pistol Primers & had no problems after that.

I don't believe it is a problem with the press as I have checked the function through the priming system. It would seem that the primer cup on the CCI's may be a little thicker and won't load in some primer pockets. I load various brands of brass in .38/357, .45 Auto, & 9 m/m all on stars dedicated to those calibers. It happens on all of my Stars. None of the primer pockets I had a problem with were crimped primers. I sort those out, swage & chamfer them.

I believe CCI's are great primers. They just don't seem to work on my Star Presses.

Like I said this post is a little late however, I hope it helps someone.

Star Reloaders / Re: MA Systems Case Ejector Setup Help
« on: September 14, 2010, 10:58:51 am »
YES!! Thanks.
I appreciate the help.


Star Reloaders / MA Systems Case Ejector Setup Help
« on: September 14, 2010, 05:31:56 am »
Does anyone have a good photo of a MA Systems loaded round ejector installed on a Star Machine they can post on the forum? I attempted to switch mine over to another machine & can't figure it out.

Thanks in advance,

Star Reloaders / Re: Cover for the Star Reloader?
« on: September 18, 2009, 11:47:37 am »
If anyone knows how to get in contact with the Sack Up company & there was enough interest they might be willing to make a size large enough to cover loading presses as it could be an additional market for them. I'd like to have one to cover my RCBS single stage press. I sent them an email quite some time ago on their Contact Us page but received no reply.

To clean my press while loading, I keep a small vacuum cleaner under the bench. That way I'm not blowing powder and debris all over the room.


Star Reloaders / Re: Cover for the Star Reloader?
« on: September 15, 2009, 11:31:01 am »
Interesting & timely post for me as I've been looking for a press cover. I presently use a pillow case to cover the press. That works fine for dust but rust can sneak up on you no matter where you live. I keep my presses in the house where it's air conditioned.

I've been trying to contact the company that makes the "Sack Ups" firearm covers to inquire if they would make a larger size that would cover a press for longer term storage. I load about a thousand rounds at a time then won't load for a while. Has to do with work getting in the way of free time.  I sent the Sack UP company an email on the subject but got no reply. I forgot about it until I saw your post.

The Sack Ups are a knit "tube sock" material impregnated with silicone to inhibit rust.  Presently the Sack Ups company sells scraps if their material for gun cleaning in a package of 3. They are shorter versions of their full length rifle/shotgun covers in a "tube sock" style. I've been purchasing those as they are large enough to cover the head and base area with the press in the down position. I don't think the silicone will effect the paint or decal on the press. I place one of those over the head & base (press collapsed) then place a pillow case over that. I tend to steer clear of anything plastic for a cover as moisture can condense inside of the bag. It's always sad to see one of these little works of art that has been neglected and rusted up.

Diesel  :)

Star Reloaders / Re: Angle Lever Cam Adjustment
« on: October 31, 2008, 04:33:48 pm »

Thanks much for the info. I appreciate it.


Star Reloaders / Re: Angle Lever Cam Adjustment
« on: October 28, 2008, 12:51:52 pm »
Thank You.

What about adjustment for more or less contact with the Primer Slide Angle Lever? Is that ever necessary? I have seen some presses that show little wear on those two contacting surfaces (the Primer Slide Angle Lever and Angle Lever Cam) and some that have quite a bit of wear as well as not being as smooth to operate.

This adjustment process was never an issue for me until I started acquiring a few machines and started changing heads around. I try not to mix and match heads with machines but find it necessary to when I need the large threaded hole in the Taper Crimp Die position.

Also if I can ask, what is the significance of the numbers stamped on the Tool Head and Angle Lever Cam?

Thanks, I really appreciate the info!

Star Reloaders / Re: Angle Lever Cam Adjustment
« on: October 24, 2008, 01:34:25 am »
The other question I have is what is the proper way to bend it?

Star Reloaders / Re: Sizing Die Adjustment
« on: October 23, 2008, 02:04:39 am »
Thanks for the information!!


Star Reloaders / Angle Lever Cam Adjustment
« on: October 23, 2008, 02:03:53 am »
Two questions regarding the Angle Lever Cam. First,  When adjusting it which way do you bend it? It would seem that it would be bent toward or away from the Primer Slide Angle Lever (toward the front of the machine) to effect more or less contact with the Primer Slide Lever. Would that be correct?
What is the significance of the number on the Angle Lever Cam matching the number on the toolhead?


Star Reloaders / Sizing Die Adjustment
« on: October 20, 2008, 05:06:51 pm »
I may have missed this in the STAR setup instructions or on previous posts but what is the proper procedure or clearance for adjusting the sizing die in the head after removal? Is it dependant upon what cartridge the machine is set up for or based on distance from the shell plate?

Thanks in advance. 

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