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Yes, it can be a complication. After tumbling or buying once-fired brass, I always take some time to cull the brass -- check for burrs or cracks, undesired brands such as A-Merc, and those with small primer pockets.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB 00 powder slide
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:56:28 pm »
Note: All four of my previously listed powder slides are now sold.


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB 00 powder slide
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:29:40 pm »
I have several "OO" type powder slides available in good condition. They are marked as follows:
3.0 BE
4.2 BE
7.0 Unique
1.2 700X

I could sell them for $10 each, plus $5 shipping in the U.S.

Star Reloaders / Re: priming difficulties (.32 Long)
« on: August 25, 2008, 12:36:05 pm »
My shellplate seems to be a genuine Star. It is marked (star symbol) 32

After thinking about it, I may have had the shellplate installed upside down. I believe the shellplate should be installed so that the side with the larger relief cutouts for the shell positions faces upwards, which corresponds to the diameter of the die bodies. This was not mentioned in the instructions I have. It is a bit confusing since both sides have similar bevels. (Was it usual factory practice to stamp factory markings on the side which should be facing down?)

I thoroughly disassembled and cleaned the press, paying particular attention to the detent ball and spring under the shellplate. I also tighted the primer rocker arm screw and set the seating depth to around 0.003" below flush.

The person who owns a local reloading shop said the primer pockets of my commerical cases were well beveled. He said Winchester or CCI primers are a better choice than Federal, since Federal primer cups have a somewhat sharper profile and may be more likely to hang up in progressive presses. He said my lot of Winchester primers looked fine.

So far, everything seems to be working fine with both Winchester and CCI primers.

John Jessip

Star Reloaders / Re: priming difficulties (.32 Long)
« on: August 12, 2008, 04:37:41 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions.
Yes, it is a Star .32 S&W shell plate and I am careful in adjusting the shell locating straps.
I'll try some Federal small pistol primers. It seems the Winchester anvils may have been a bit high and sometimes restricted the movement of the primer slide a bit.

Star Reloaders / priming difficulties (.32 Long)
« on: August 11, 2008, 05:24:05 pm »
I am having some difficulties in priming for the .32 Long. About 20-30% of the primers tend to go in slightly crooked and are somewhat distorted along one side of the primer cup. I have cleaned out the primer assembly but still have some difficulties with this. When lowering the handle, I often feel some resistance near the bottom of the stroke. Also, slight resistance to the travel of the primer slide often occurs about 1/2-way in. I am using Winchester small pistol primers.

I read over the instructions for adjusting the primer slide by bending the cam (p/n 49) in or out, but that doesn't seem to make sense. The cam, which is attached by a screw to the toolhead, is a sturdy part not easily bent.

I had no difficulty when loading .38 Spcl, but it seems to occur when switching over to the .32. Should I clean out the primer slide raceway near the main shaft? I have tried both my primer assembies, which are fairly new, and still have the same problem.

John Jessip

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