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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Rebuilt Powder Magazines
« on: June 09, 2024, 08:13:17 pm »

I have run into odd lots of primers where the anvil is sitting high in the primer cup and will catch on the underside of the primer socket.   It has only happened to me on one occasion with one lot of Winchester primers......and I have used a lot of Winchester primers.  I have heard from a couple of customers who have had a similar problem, but don't know which brand primers they were using.   I think the problem is quite rare but can be very frustrating.

Star did make a Primer Sockets for rifle machines which has an undercut on the bottom of the primer socket which allows additional clearance.  I have them in stock.

You must keep the primer magazine clean.   It will build up some green crud over time which can impede the flow of primers.   I use a 17 caliber cleaning rod with a 17 caliber patch for small primer magazines and a 17 Caliber rod with a 22 caliber patch for large primer magazines.  You can also use a 17 Caliber or 22 Caliber bore snake.

Don't add weights to the end of the follower rod to push primers through.   It's a follower rod, not a push rod.

Bruce Williams

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB Luber/Sizer parts
« on: April 15, 2024, 06:25:59 pm »
I can help with a number of the parts.   Best to contact me directly.

Bruce Williams

Yes,   I have tons of 38 Special shell plates and dies and I offer them at much lower prices than other calibers.

Star History / Re: No more Star Greasers....
« on: February 29, 2024, 12:34:53 pm »
I assume you want a flat punch like those offered by Magma.   I can make Lubesizer punches.

As it turns out, I have a bucket of unhardened expanders that use the same thread as the lubesizer punches.   They are easy to turn down into punches.   I can also do nose punches, but I need a sample bullet.

I also have the punch nuts as they are the same as the expander nuts.

Bruce Williams

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Wtb moon indexer West Kentucky
« on: January 05, 2024, 11:55:41 am »
Daniel,   Try this material from McMaster-Carr to fix your MA Systems Roto-Ease Indexers

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: New indexer
« on: January 01, 2024, 09:47:31 am »
So the case is a tad longer than a 32 S&W (short).

It's interesting that the only reference to 32 Baczuk that shows up in a Bing or Google search is this thread.

Sounds like something Dave Wilson will have to play with.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: New indexer
« on: December 27, 2023, 08:33:12 am »
Looks well made, like an updated version of the Somar Indexer.

I give up, what is 32 Baczuk Special?

Star Reloaders / Re: #16 Expander Plug
« on: December 25, 2023, 09:23:35 am »
Tight on the Expander or tight on the bullet?  .358 is Standard.   There is spring back in the brass so you still have case tension.   
I do have smaller diameter expanders.

Star Reloaders / Re: New Star Owner with Safety Cam Question
« on: October 16, 2023, 12:04:47 pm »
The aluminum base has a sort of pebble finish which makes it either a Phelps or a Berdon.   The Thrust Nut is a Phelps design (notice the knurling on the Thrust Nut).

All of the rimmed cases will fall through the 67U bushing, but the 45 Colt is likely to bind up on the safety cam keeping it from dropping freely.  You can probably push it down manually.   Not sure about 44 Magnum.  41 Magnum is probably OK.    In any case, it's no big deal to slightly modify the safety cam.

Attached are pictures of a modified safety cam on the left and unmodified on the right.   The modified on came off a machine that came into the shop.

Star Reloaders / Re: New Star Owner with Safety Cam Question
« on: October 16, 2023, 09:03:27 am »
Just got back from vacation, so let me add my two cents.   Yes, the safety cam is not compatible with taper crimp dies.  That's a big reason why you see so many machines with the safety cam removed, even though Star supplied them on every machine.   There is a relatively rare Auto Eject Safety Cam that is compatible with some taper crimp dies if there is sufficient clearance between the bottom of the taper crimp die and the shell plate.

I don't think it can be said that the safety cam is compatible with rimmed cases and not compatible with rimless cases. I think that JW4570 might have the same problem loading 45 Colt as 45 ACP as there is just not enough clearance to remove a rimless case or let a rimmed case drop out the bottom.

While personally, I recommend using a taper crimp die with rimless cases, strictly speaking it's not required.  There are a ton of 45 ACP machines out there with no taper crimp die and as I recall, Star didn't offer any Taper Crimp dies until the early 80's.

JW4570, to get your safety cam to work with 45 ACP, you will need to grind the side of the safety cam that contacts the case sufficiently to allow you to remove the loaded round.

It looks like your machine is Phelps.  I can't say if your safety cam is exactly the same as a Star, but they are probably pretty close.

Star Reloaders / Re: Star - What did I bring home
« on: June 27, 2023, 08:35:26 am »
Looks like a nice find.  Should clean up nicely.

In addition to the reloader, you have an MA Systems Roto-Ease indexer and an MA Systems Eject-Ease finished round ejector.   The manifold is probably for a MA Systems bullet feeder, but I don't see the rest of it in your pictures.

Bruce Williams