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Star Lubricator & Resizers / Rich Daniels
« on: July 09, 2021, 01:33:26 pm »
 Is Rich Daniels still making parts or still in business? I find most of the correspondence involving him is quite dated. If so is there contact info.

Star Reloaders / Size of neck expander
« on: October 19, 2019, 08:57:14 pm »
 What is the diameter of your neck expander? What is the most desirable size for swaged(soft) bullets? Bullets are .4523 diameter.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Taper Crimp Dies
« on: October 02, 2019, 05:58:23 pm »
 I have a Star Taper Crimp die obtained when Cunningham owned the business. This is in .45 ACP. When I adjust the die to crimp the mouth of the case at .469 ,it is crimping the portion of the case where the bullet is to .470. This is reducing the bullet diameter to .450 when I pull a bullet.
 I think this is causing flyers in my groups. have others experienced this?

Star Reloaders / It happened again
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:10:28 pm »
 I wrote a post about powder bridging while loading .38 Special about a month ago. I thought the problem was due to the extremely light density of WST powder.
Well Last night I was loading some .45 ACP rounds for practice. I was dropping 4.2 grains of BE powder. I filled the hopper when I began loading that night. I poured the powder through a funnel into the hopper to the height of 6-7". This hopper is the Lexan that is clear with factory powder funnel.
 I confirmed my weight 3 times and they were right on. I began loading and was checking to make sure powder was going into the cases about every 20 rounds for the first 80 rounds. I checked again at about the 130th round and NO powder in the cases. I had to pull approx. 40 rounds.
 I first thought if the powder was bridging there had to be a void in the hopper. I took the primer tube and pushed down on the powder in the hopper. Nothing. I removed the head and worked the powder slide manually and no powder. I began to pour the powder back into the 1 lb. container. The first 3 inches from the hopper poured naturally and then the powder stopped,. About three inches of the powder would not pour out of the hopper by gravity alone. It did not take a lot to break the remaining powder loose but it needed assistance to break it loose..
 The powder was poured out of a factory 1 lb. container,through a funnel with a hole of 3/8 to 1/2" hole. No lumps were noticed when pouring the powder into the hopper originally. The powder has been stored in my man cave that is heated and air conditioned. The container has the factory foam seal intact. The problem occurred after the powder was poured into the hopper within 45 minutes.
 The previous 300-500K rounds I have loaded have been fine. But in the last month I have had this happen with two different powders,on two different Star presses,loading two different calibers.
 Any Ideas on cause? Static electricity, Humidity,Temp change,Aliens,George W Bush

Star Reloaders / Need to Pull Bullets from 300 rounds
« on: August 08, 2016, 10:46:57 pm »
 I needed to load some .38 Special for my shooting. The press had maybe 1/2 of the hopper with Win. WST that had set there for about 3 weeks. I filled the hopper and dropped a few charges and weighted them. ( into a fired case and then dumped into scale pan) They were as needed at 3.5 gns. of WST. That is go to load load for a 158 gn. cast bullet. I have an adjustable powder slide.
 I loaded 100 rounds and then refilled the hopper. I noticed nothing unusual. I loaded the second 100 rounds and refilled the hopper. I thought it took a little less powder than expected but I was pouring out of a 4 lb. jug.
 I loaded the third MTM ammo tray of 100 rounds. I used a fired case to capture the powder dropped when the last two bullets were seated, so that all 100 rounds could be loaded. I went to dump the captured powder back into the press hopper . There was no powder. I tried again and no powder. I open the hopper and pushed the powder down ,still no powder when the press handle was stroked.
 I brought the handle down and released the handle to jar the hopper. There was a large discharge of powder from the powder funnel. I started pulling bullets and weighting powder charges. The ones of the first 100 rounds weighted correct of of the 2-3 rounds that I pulled the bullet. On the second 100 I pulled a few rounds and found powder charges from 0 to 3.5 grains. No powder in the rounds of the third box.
 After powder came out of funnel powder was weighted a the normal 3.5 grains.
 I am afraid that some of the rounds may have double or triple charges. Has anyone found that WST powder to bridge in the powder funnel? What can be done to prevent?
 Also a couple months ago I had a round that was noticeably heavy in recoil. I could not figure out why. Now I suspect a heavy load due to powder bridging and then a heavy heavy load.
 I am shooting a S&W Model 14-6.

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