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Star Reloaders / Re: Text Files
« on: July 24, 2022, 02:35:18 pm »
It worked at first.

Star Reloaders / Re: What is the diameter of your neck expander?
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:20:45 pm »
I don't really recommend going with a larger sizer.   First of are you are really overworking the brass.   Sizing it way down then expanding it back up.   Brass gets work hardened and you will significantly shorten the life of the brass.   Also, with the larger expander you will tend to build up a lot of brass on the expander.  With thinner brass like 32 S&WL you end up tearing the case.  Probably won't tear a 45 ACP case, but your will notice a lot more drag as you raise the tool head.

So, what's the alternative.   Hone the carbide ring so you are not oversizing the case.   The carbide ring of a typical 45 ACP sizing die has an ID of ~0.467".   When you size Federal brass you end up with a case that accepts a 0.449" pin gauge.   You will probably get different results with different brass.    I recently honed out a 45 ACP sizing die to 0.471".   With the Federal brass I was using, this yields a case that accepts a 0.451" pin gauge.

Bruce Williams

Survey Says... / Re: Foreign IP addresses banned?
« on: May 04, 2022, 08:38:10 am »

I will check with the administrator.   I doubt if all foreign IP addresses are banned, but there are continuous computer-generated attempts to gain access to forum which might cause the administrator to take security measures.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: Automated star loaders
« on: April 15, 2022, 02:46:09 pm »
Cross Section from the manual

Star History / Re: Progressive NO. 54
« on: April 13, 2022, 08:16:18 am »
The tilted powder magazine is required to clear the crankshaft bearing.

All of the early sizing dies were hardened steel.   Carbide sizing dies didn't come along until just after WWII.   I'm not sure if the sizing die is original.  The sizing die on the other very early machine I have, and on the American Rifleman machine is not knurled.  (like the seating die on this machine)

Yes,  38 Special

I was told this machine came from a Sheriffs Department near Tulsa, OK

Star History / Progressive NO. 54
« on: April 12, 2022, 04:13:53 pm »
I have added to my collection of Pat. Pending Stars with the oldest one yet.     It's hard to see but stamped on the base is NO. 54, so maybe the 54th machine Star produced?  It has obviously been re-blued by a previous owner and It's green.   At first, I though it must be a re-paint, but the more I look at it, the more I think it is original paint.   There is a light green primer on the underside of the base and that same primer can be seen peeking through the green topcoat.   The angle lever is not original, and I think original the powder slide was probably brass.

The last picture is from a review of the Star Reloader that appeared in the May 1934 issue of American Rifleman.   There are a few differences between that machine and this that make me think that NO.54 is actually older.

Bruce Williams

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Shipping star presses
« on: March 16, 2022, 08:36:52 am »
In my experience, UPS and FedEx ground are pretty competitive with one another and cheaper than Priority Mail.  You might be able to ship via USPS Parcel Select, but I don't know the weight and size limitations for that service.   

I pack the reloaders I sell very well.   I bolt the aluminum base to a piece of half inch plywood and use brown packing paper to fill the voids so the reloader can't move around.   A reloader with a case feeder generally packs out to just under 30 lbs.     Cost of shipping comes down to weight and distance.   Shipping rates have really gone up in the past couple years and it now costs about $65 to ship coast to coast.   That includes a small discount I get from FedEx.   If you take it to a UPS store you will probably pay more.   

Whatever you do, don't use Styrofoam peanuts.  They will compress in shipment and things will get broken.

Star Reloaders / Re: Automated star loaders
« on: March 10, 2022, 08:31:59 am »
Just the pictures.   Somewhere I have a manual that I picked up on eBay but haven't been able to locate it yet.

Star Reloaders / Re: Automated star loaders
« on: March 08, 2022, 10:58:54 am »
You might also be thinking of the Wemco-Williams which was offered commercially.   

Star History / Re: Paul "fitz" Jones
« on: February 27, 2022, 12:46:21 pm »
The attached letter is from Willis "Bill" Brenizer to Bill Cunningham.   Bill Brenizer and Elard Mock were the co-owners of Star Machine Works.   I knew I had this, just took a while to find it.

Bill Cunningham was quite upset with Paul Jones'* claims and the many disparaging remarks he had for Bill Cunninham.   He wrote to Bill Brenizer posing a series of questions about the claims Paul Jones made.   Bill Breniser's response is attached.   Bill was at least in his late 80's at the time so the writing is a bit hard to read.

*Paul Jones also went by the name John Paul Jones and Paul Fitz Jones.

Bruce Williams

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: 25 acp
« on: January 04, 2022, 09:51:06 am »
Star did not make 25 ACP shell plates or dies.    I actually have a letter that one of the Wilkersons wrote to a customer which emphatically states that they will never make 25 ACP because they didn't believe their machine was suitable to load the caliber.   Can't find it right now or I would post it.   

Someone else did make a couple 25 ACP sets and I have one in my personal collection.   It's not exactly a pleasure to use, but it works.   I had a second set made by the same maker which I sold, and which eventually ended up on eBay when that customer passed.

Bruce Williams

Star History / Re: Making H&G molds
« on: January 03, 2022, 09:05:51 am »
Star price lists from as early and 1945 (the oldest I have) through the mid 60's specially list H&G bullet moulds.

Star apparently also sold H&G bullet moulds under their own name at least briefly.    I'm sure many of you saw the "Star Machine Works" stamped H&G 10 cavity mold on eBay a couple months ago.

Bruce Williams

Just finished a new batch of both aluminum and brass adapters, so both are in stock.

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Re: Star sizer w/ Lee TL Bullets
« on: December 12, 2021, 09:01:32 am »
I have never used Lee's tumble Lube but from what I can see on YouTube, it's a liquid.   I can't see how that would work with a Star sizer.   You would have lube all over the place.   

However, I'm pretty sure that you could tumble lube your bullets in the conventional manner and then run them through the Star sizer.  I just don't know if that would leave enough of the lube on the bullet after sizing.   

I think Lee has a push through sizer that you can use with tumble lubed bullets.   It mounts on a single station press.

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Re: Extended lube magazine
« on: October 18, 2021, 09:21:55 am »
I have five of them that will be available in the near future.   I'm in the process of cleaning them up.

Bruce Williams