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Star Reloaders / Re: Star progressive conversion
« on: October 14, 2021, 12:06:03 pm »
Greetings,

Aluminum will work for a temporary setting.

I use a piece of 0.750" tool steel and machine it to length. No need to harden it.

Cheers,

Dave

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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: FOR SALE --- 9mm Shell Plate
« on: October 02, 2021, 12:01:50 pm »
Sold, pending funds.

Cheers,

Dave

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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / FOR SALE --- 9mm Shell Plate
« on: October 01, 2021, 11:23:19 am »
Greetings,

I have for sale a 9mm Shell Plate.

It is not dimensionally correct.

The hole in the center is oversize (1.257")

I tested it on my machine and sized and primed several cases with no issues.

However, it is not genuine Star quality. The hole is oversize.

$65.00 plus postage.

Cheers,

Dave

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Star Reloaders / Re: New to me 2 star reloaders and sizers
« on: September 16, 2021, 01:44:22 pm »
Greetings,

The sizing die might have a Ruby insert.

We used to use them in Specimen Holders for Electron Microscopes due to their very low coefficient of friction.

Never thought of using one for sizing brass.

What diameter do the sized cases come out?

Very interesting...

Cheers,

Dave

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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Star reloaders amd dies for sale
« on: June 20, 2021, 04:04:07 pm »
Greetings,

You have a Treasure Chest of tools.

What is the machine painted Green on the left side of the bench?

I also spied some Star greaser dies; so, there must be a Lubrisizer lurking nearby.

For prices, the basic machines are selling on eBay. Just search for Star and click on Sold items for a price range.

The hydraulic press will be a bit of a Unicorn. Not something for the casual user.

The RCBS dies, if complete, will sell for a premium at the current eBay auctions until the supply chain replenishes itself.

Best of luck.

Cheers,

Dave

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Greetings,

Since 1976, I have been using the Tamarack NRA 50-50 lube. Now out of business and the Alox used has been discontinued I bought some LBT Blue Soft.

My cast bullet rifle friends use LBT with excellent results.

The LBT Blue Soft is advertised to function in a Star without heat. I still turn on the heater since it is 50 F in the Mann Kave. Have not tried it in warm weather just yet.

https://lbtmolds.com/Products/tabid/5806/Default.aspx

Scroll down about half way and you will find the lube section.

Try some. If you do not like it, selling it is not a problem.

LBT is much cleaner to handle than the old NRA 50-50 formula. Less smoke, also.

Cheers,

Dave

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Star Reloaders / Re: Star Dies
« on: April 04, 2021, 01:33:40 pm »
Greetings,

The expander plug and powder snout are 0.500-27 UNS.

Cheers,

Dave

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Greetings,

The 45ACP sizer can be used for 45 Colt.

Check the seating die for identification. 45 Colt was stamped "45 C" on some I have seen.

How is the shell plate identified? If genuine Star, it will be stamped "45 Colt" or "45 C".

Photos of the suspect parts would be a great help.

Cheers,

Dave

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Star Reloaders / Re: Powder Measure
« on: February 27, 2021, 03:42:57 pm »
Greetings,

Dillon, there may be other brands, has a case actuated powder dispensing system.

One of the reasons folks have moved to the Star.

The Star dispenser is remarkably consistent. Especially with very small charges of powder. i.e. 1.25 grain of TiteWAD.

Cheers,

Dave

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Star Reloaders / Re: Help
« on: February 10, 2021, 07:02:05 pm »
Greetings,

Start by gently running your finger tips up, down, and everywhere trying to sense a raised burr.

With the press mounted to a solid bench, apply black felt pen to the shaft and let it dry.

Next, gently attempt to place the tool head only on the shaft.

If it sticks, stop and remove it.

Now look for wear marks on the felt pen application.

All of the above is with the assumption that all the parts are Star. No Phelps pieces.

Go slow and observe any abnormalities.

With good fortune, it may just be a burr.

Cheers,

Dave

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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: 357 magnum load data question
« on: January 14, 2021, 07:51:54 pm »
Greetings,

A while back, I was gifted about 2,000 32 HBWC that had been stored in a wet climate. They were ugly. White crust on them and the lube consumed by the elements.

I gave them the Lube Massage with Lee Liquid Alox and shot them up.

One day, I tested some at 50 yards in a machine rest. They still shot X-ring.

Use caution. If the bullets have a white crust on them it is likely Lead Oxide, which is VERY POISONOUS. Wear disposable examination gloves when handling them and wash up well.

Cheers,

Dave

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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: 357 magnum load data question
« on: January 14, 2021, 06:56:16 pm »
Greetings,

Personally, I would go with the Alliant suggestion. It uses the 158 grain Speer swaged bullet; but, the weight, diameter and seating depth are very close to the StateLine bullets you have.

http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/RecipePrint.aspx?gtypeid=1&weight=158&shellid=28&bulletid=30&bdid=82

Regarding the old bullets, depends on how many you have and what amount of work you wish to apply.

One, put them in a old can, fill with water and boil. The grease will float to the top. Let it all cool down overnight. Then remove the grease film, drain the water and dry the bullets.

If you have a bullet greaser, just run them through and reapply the grease.

No luber? No worries, go buy a bottle of Lee Liquid Alox. Put a handful of bullets into a ZipLoc bag, squirt in a very small amount of Alox, shut the bag and give the contents a nice massage.

Once all coated, empty the bag onto an old cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Dry the bullets overnight, load, and shoot.

Use a minimum powder charge to minimize Lead fouling.

Another option is to not boil the grease away. Just lube them as above with the Lee Liquid Alox. This option assumes the bullets are not to crusty from age.

Cheers,

Dave

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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: 357 magnum load data question
« on: January 14, 2021, 05:10:25 pm »
Greetings,

I did not see what bullet is being used.

Please reply with the bullet, weight, and diameter.

If store bought, a link to where you buy them.

If home cast, what mould and alloy?

Cheers,

Dave

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Star Reloaders / Re: Parted out Machines on eBay - Buyer Beware!
« on: January 11, 2021, 03:50:20 pm »
Greetings,

It gets worse...

There are two Berdon hallmarked shell plates on eBay currently.

Horrible machining. One of them looks like the die clearance counterbore are off index.

Yet, folks are bidding on them.

Cheers,

Dave

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Star Reloaders / Re: Parted out Machines on eBay - Buyer Beware!
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:26:09 am »
Greetings,

The parts listed on eBay sold for $461.99. The dies did not sell nor was the base and column.

Might be a good way to sell a Star.

Cheers,

Dave

24Jan2021

Seller sold the die set for $49.00. Now up to $510.99!

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