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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Powder Check
« on: February 01, 2023, 10:10:03 am »
I have never had an issue about whether powder is dropping, just whether the amount of the drop is correct.
The design and function of how the Star powder drop works, practically eliminates that concern, as long as you maintain powder in the tube.

When I first start, I cycle and weigh at least 5 drops, then check 5th and 10th charge for accuracy and consistency.  After that every 50.

In my opinion, I have sufficient ambient light from overhead, and feel I do not require a dedicated press light.

I do however, verify powder is present in my Dillon 550.
Hope this helps.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: Maurilew Powder drain
« on: January 16, 2023, 09:41:52 am »
Just an FYI

He was last on this StarReloaders forum in May of 2021.
Not a good sign. Hope all is well.

Star Reloaders / Re: 223 conversion parts
« on: January 05, 2023, 10:01:13 am »
Know only about a 100 made. (Speculated)Wonder where they are now. Owners knew what they had. I expect as owners passed, others with no knowledge just “got rid of them”. How unfortunate for those that carry-on with Star.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Shipping star presses
« on: April 25, 2022, 08:41:43 am »
Great to read the other comments.
The buckets will be a great way to move them with a good level of protection! I already use buckets for brass.

I occasionally have to take a Star out to do a Reloading Class. Will also be needing to move them in a few years when I relocate.
The buckets will be a great way to move them with a greater level of protection than just a box.

Star History / Re: Progressive NO. 54
« on: April 16, 2022, 02:21:37 pm »
Nice find.
Looks ready to load.
In better  shape than some more recent machines that I have encountered.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Shipping star presses
« on: March 16, 2022, 08:52:41 am »
Thanks for the heads up on using the peanuts Bruce. Never had a problem, but always pays to be cautious. I used air bags for a while. Great for cushioning, but not happy with filling the voids.
Might be a mute point now as Styrofoam peanuts are illegal in NY.  Not sure if they were classified as assault peanuts or ghost peanuts!


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Shipping star presses
« on: March 15, 2022, 12:54:00 pm »
I went the UPS route. Not sure what I paid, but was reasonable for the weight and size. I know it was under $ 45.00 with insurance. Should be able to price out on their website. Mine went from New York to Texas.

I did the following to limit size, etc.
I obtained a shipping box from the UPS store that was slightly bigger than the Star base, but box was about 4 feet tall.
I cut a piece of 1/2 inch plywood to just fit in the bottom of the box, and attached the reloader to it. Wrapped the powder tube and handle as well as accessories in bubble warp and packed around the reloader with padding and peanuts.
Cut the box height to just fit the reloader height and sealed it well.

Bruce Williams (RBWillNJ) may have a better idea of recent shipping costs.

Good luck.


Have you found it necessary to lube? Any particulars?

I have a 9mm set up with Carbide dies, and do not lube the case. So far have had no problems.
Using a coated S&S bullet. Needed to adjust for the coating to seat correctly, but have not lubed.

Always open to ideas and suggestions!


Bruce Willims may have what you need. RBWillNJ on the site.
He is a great resource for everything Star.

Star History / Re: Paul "fitz" Jones
« on: February 27, 2022, 07:41:16 pm »

Very Interesting letter! Does shed some light on the issue.
It does make me wonder what other great historical times you [no e-mail]@ locked away in your files.



Star History / Re: Paul "fitz" Jones
« on: February 18, 2022, 10:21:13 am »
Cannot shed much light on Paul's claims, but possibly will depend on what one considers a "salesman".

Reason I say this, is that Gil Hebard of Gil Hebard Guns fame, at one time, inventoried, sold and marketed Star reloaders and Lubrisizers in his catalogs.


Star Reloaders / Re: Lifetyme Two-Stage Carbide .38 Spl Sizing Die
« on: February 01, 2022, 08:59:12 am »
I was never aware of this.
I had a second .38 head, included with a .38 machine that dated from the 50s. Both were set up for loading the exact same load. Never looked at the dies. Could not fathom why someone would have two exact same head set-ups. Until now! The second had the same 2S die! Now I know why!

Thanks Dave.


Star History / Re: Making H&G molds
« on: January 04, 2022, 07:10:37 pm »
Great to see pics of the early years.
Bruce: I remember seeing those,

My dad made bullets and I helped him as a kid. (In the 60s)
Had a 200 grain in 45 and a 148 grain in 38. 
Have his ingot trays, lead ingots, sizer, dies, and lube, but never found the moulds themselves.
As health concerns arose with melting lead, he may have sold them.
Wish I still had them though.

Good shooting.

Star Reloaders / Re: Adjustable Powder Charge Bar
« on: December 14, 2021, 08:33:33 am »
Nice work!
Do not forget the time it takes you to do the actual machining and work!

My guess is there is a market for you, and you will sell some.  But the market is very very small, especially considering the number of bars that accept bushings. But for those that would like one you would be a resource.

I have both types (screw adj & bushing) and use the screw adjustable bar to develop loads or when using a different powder. Once I know the load, I use a drilled bushing.
While I have never had an adjustable bar 'self adjust' I am always concerned it could.   

Good luck.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Star univeresal question
« on: September 23, 2021, 09:17:37 am »
You can also look on this site for my listings of past sales, etc. This was Ebay, Gunbroker and other sale sites.

It has not been updated for a few years as sales have been consistent as the prices and have pretty much remained steady. However, I have noted that prices appear to be dropping slightly. I think this is due to aging out of Star owners and a smaller group of newly interested reloaders considering a Star.  I suppose that diminishing participation and interest in Precision Bullseye pistol as a sport is also a contributing factor.   

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