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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.

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Star Reloaders / Re: Powder Slides
« on: July 07, 2021, 03:21:33 pm »
If struck aluminum can create a spark. Not good around powder.

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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.

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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Taper Crimp Dies
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:01:36 pm »
It seems to get below .470 the entire bullet bearing area of the case is .470. I adjusted the die to remove the bell. My crimp is .473 now and the bullet is not deformed. I loaded some with 4.5 BE and some with 4.4 of WST. I will try them to see how they group.

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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?

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Star Reloaders / Re: Need to Pull Bullets from 300 rounds
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:50:52 pm »
Let me tell another chapter of this story.
Still worried about this incident I did one other thing. I got a very fine sifter and poured the jug of WST through it. I was looking for a lump or any thing foreign to the powder.
I found a fabric of carpet in the powder. In my reloading room I have a remnant of carpet that I use in the high traffic areas. This has just cut edges where it was removed from main piece. It sheds on the edges.
Somehow a "fur ball" of that carpet got into the powder. I assume at some point I dropped the lid and either through static electricity or some of the adhesive on the seal picked up a fur ball and it got into the powder. It was not noticeable when the powder was poured out into a container only when sifted through a fine screen did I find it.
 This may well be the culprit with the WST.
 Also with the second incident with the Bullseye it was a sliver of the seal of the powder lid that got into the powder. It caused the stoppage of powder on the other press. Both are very weird things to happen so close to each other. Did I mention that Mr. Murphy lives next door and all he does is sit around and figure out what can go wrong.

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Star Reloaders / Re: It happened again
« on: October 24, 2016, 10:53:06 pm »
 I think I solved some of this problem. I was loading some .45 ACP with Bullseye. I was checking every 20 or so rounds. Sure enough it happen again. A round with no powder. I emptied the powder hopper through a very small funnel. At the end was a small sliver of stryfoam from the lid. This piece was about 3/16 X 3/8". The piece had been cut from the seal when the lid on the powder was tighten up. At some time it fell into the container without notice.
 Apparently this was blocking the flow of powder when it got to the powder slide. My normal funnel for pouring powder would allow this piece to flow through without notice when pouring into hopper and back into the container.

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Star Reloaders / Re: It happened again
« on: August 27, 2016, 11:09:53 pm »
For Star,
 I believe the stoppage on the WST occurred in the spout. (.38 Special,alum. hopper) I say this because after a few operations to get powder to drop(after I discovered the problem) I let the operating handle return under spring pressure. There was quite a bit of powder on the shell plate after this. Even though the lid was off the hopper, I don't think any powder that was jarred out of the hopper would land on the shell plate.
 The Bullseye, I believe was in the hopper. After I removed the head and began to pour powder from the hopper back into the 1 lb. can, all the powder would not pour. I worked the powder slide several times but no powder came out. I used the primer pick-up tube to break the powder loose and then emptied the hopper into the container. I inspected the powder spout and powder slide. Everything seemed normal.
 I do not know what you mean by the large spout. The .45 I.D. spout is larger than the .38 special spout. The .38 Spec. spout hole diameter is .260" IIRC.
 Yes the rollers are free on the powder slides and the PS guide does have the clicks to vibrate the PS.
 The Bullseye powder was not in a new container. I have a four pound jug and and only open the 4 pound jug to fill the 1 pound container. That way the 4 lb. jug is open very seldom,hoping to keep it fresh as possible. I insure the 1 lb container has the foam seal on the lid. I poured out of the 1 lb. container through a funnel into the hopper. The funnel hole is roughly 3/8 to 1/2", so there was no "lumps" when poured in the hopper.
 My man cave is off the master bedroom shares the same heat pump. It could be an insect but not likely. If an insect was in the hopper the powder would have been poured on top of him. Why 80 to 90 rounds then stoppage?
 I thoroughly cleaned the presses in late May early June. I loaded 1000 rounds to go to Camp Perry. I loaded about 400 rounds for practice a week before Perry. Press has set with no powder since early July until this event.
 I have loaded 500 rounds in the last two days without incident. I inspected a case every 20 rounds.

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Star Reloaders / Re: It happened again
« on: August 27, 2016, 12:47:35 pm »
I have two Stars Reloaders.
 The first incident was with WST in a Star metal Hopper. (I am thinking it is aluminum) It has an Aluminum cap with a small hole. It does not have the powder level indicator. It does have the baffle as discussed in previous post.
 The second incident was with a clear plastic Hopper. I am 99% positive both are Star original parts.
 I have had both machines for numerous years, though I did buy them second hand. I know I bought parts from the original Star factory in San Diego. This is the first occurrences and like posted 300-500 K rounds loaded.

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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

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Star Reloaders / Re: Need to Pull Bullets from 300 rounds
« on: August 11, 2016, 04:59:36 pm »
 I have the anodized aluminum hopper and it does NOT have the Baffle. I replaced the hopper when I bought this press. The press had been damaged, the hopper and the piece it threads into had to be replaced. I also went from the "O" powder slides to the more popular "OO".
 I will make a baffle and install.
 The press is in an atmosphere controlled environment. My man cave is above my garage and is heated and cooled by the heat pump. I live in WV and we had humid weather during this time frame.

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Star Reloaders / Re: Need to Pull Bullets from 300 rounds
« on: August 10, 2016, 06:22:29 pm »
 I pulled all the 300 bullets and the powder flow quite after about 130 rounds. It went from normal load to nothing in about 2-3 rounds. This could be the top layer of powder left in the hopper that for some reason caused the bridging to occur.

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Star Reloaders / Re: Need to Pull Bullets from 300 rounds
« on: August 09, 2016, 11:43:19 pm »
 I talked to Hodgdon powder today. The representative thought the WST was a extremely light powder and that the powder was bridging in the .38 cal powder drop tube. He recommended Titegroup. I would caution WST in a Star press loading through a small powder drop tube.
 As far as pulling bullets,I could not do it with a C&H collet puller. The collet would not clamp on the exposed lead tight enough to pull the bullet. In a Pacific press, I lift the round up full stroke and clamp a set of Vise-Grips onto the bullet. I then drop the ram and the bullet is pulled. The Vise-Grips need to have serrated jaws to clamp on the lead bullet. The press head needs to be thin enough so as when the ram is lifted the lead bullet is high enough to clamp onto. I tried my RCBS Rockchucker but I could not get the pliers clamped onto the lead bullet.
 i have pulled 70 bullets and no powder was found in any.

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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.
Thoughts?

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As another option the old C&H, now C&H4 will make you some of the dies. There is also another guy that is making shellplates. You have to piecemeal the parts you need in the aftermarket. You probably need the taper crimp die if you are going to shoot in competition.
 As mentioned E-bay is an option.

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