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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

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Re: Star Luber gaskets
« on: June 17, 2023, 08:18:39 am »
Hi Bruce
Take a look at the edge of Your Hycar washer with about twenty power magnification, I'm sure You will find a cloth material there like You find in Belting, All that I've delt wth Have this.

Lindy,   The Hycar washers I have are molded, not stamped.  There is no cloth belting.   It wouldn't surprise me if they stamped them out of belting at some point in the past.   As I said earlier, I recall a leather washer on a very old Star lubesizer.

In the pictures I posted above, the two pictures are the top and bottom of the same washers.   You can see how the "rubber" is molded around the metal piece in the center.

Bruce Williams

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Re: Star Luber gaskets
« on: June 04, 2023, 06:44:45 pm »

"They appear to be stamped from a belting material of black rubber with a single layer of cloth in the middle."

That doesn't describe any Hycar washer that I have seen.    In the attached pictures, the black one is what I have seen on every Star Lubesizer I have taken apart.   The white one which appears to by Nylon is what Magma Engineering sells now.   

Come to think of it I may have seen a leather washer on an ancient Star Lubesizer.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: Dillon 223 conversion of a Star
« on: April 11, 2023, 09:31:07 pm »
That looks a lot like the linkage for an indexer similar to the Capital Indexer, but in the Dillon picture it looks like a solid rod coming off the crank shaft.   On the Capital Indexer there is a wire.   The wire on the left side of the picture goes up to the crank shaft and hooks to a linkage similar to the one in the Dillon picture.

In any case, it has nothing to do with the Super Star conversion.

Bruce Willaims

PS   Although it says its an original Super Star Conversion, it is set up for 45 ACP, not .223.....but it does have a number of Super Star conversion parts.

Star Reloaders / Re: Dillon 223 conversion of a Star
« on: April 08, 2023, 11:38:59 am »
Honestly, the link arms are unnecessary.   The only thing they do is allow you to raise the tool head about 1/8" higher.   Take a look at your machine with the tool head in it's highest position.  You will see a small gap between the crank shaft casting and the tool head.   The Super Star links allow you to raise the tool head so the tool head contacts the crank shaft casting.   Without the links you have plenty of clearance.

I didn't see the April catalog that Scott is referring to so I'm not sure if the Super Star links are what Scott is referring to.    Attached are a few pictures of a Dillon Super Star Conversion installed.   Unfortunately, they don't show a clear picture of the links.   

Maybe Scott could post a picture of the catalog page.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: .44 magnum powder charge
« on: March 26, 2023, 06:21:19 pm »
I have 1/2" and 5/8" powder slides and housings for both.   I also have spacers to convert 00 housings to handle 1/2" or 5/8" powder slides.

Both the 1/2" and 5/8" powder slides accept bushings which I make.   22 grains of 2400 is a bit much for even a 5/8" bushing slide.  It requires a bushing with a hole size of .450".  Since I'm working with 1/2" stock, that's more of a sleeve than a bushing, but still possible.

A 1/2" bushing slide with no bushing (i.e. a hole size of 0.501") will get you to 21.75 grains of 2400.   If necessary, you could enlarge it slightly to get to 22 grains.

Bruce Williams

Thank you.

I have a customer with good supply of W231 that he would like to use for 45 ACP, both 200 gr SWC and 230 gr FMJRN.   I have used 231 for other calibers, but I don't have experience with that powder for 45 ACP.   Can anyone suggest some good Bullseye loads for W231.

Bruce Williams

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Powder Check
« on: February 01, 2023, 11:58:52 am »
Checking to see if powder dropped is sort of a Dillon thing.   At least that's what I here.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: Maurilew Powder drain
« on: January 16, 2023, 12:36:46 pm »
Last time I talked to him he was in his 90's and still going strong, but that was a while ago.

I do have a couple of his units. available.    Star slightly changed their powder slide housings over the years and the Maurilew powder drains do not fit all powder slide housings.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: 223 conversion parts
« on: January 03, 2023, 12:42:29 pm »
It took me years to put together my first Super Star kit with pieces coming from multiple sources.   It took me quite a while just to figure out what all was included in a Super Star kit.   The last kit I acquired came all together in the original box.  All gone now.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: 223 conversion parts
« on: January 03, 2023, 08:33:41 am »
It's a 5/8" adjustable powder slide.   The housing is special because it holds the expander and powder spout in place.

Star Reloaders / Re: Switching between 45 ACP and 45 Auto Rim
« on: November 01, 2022, 10:14:30 pm »
Changing between 45 ACP and 45 Auto Rim only requires changing the shell plate.   Very easy, should only take a couple of minutes.

I have 45 Auto Rim shell plates in stock.

Bruce Williams

Bruce, I need the top holder for the tube only but will purchase the whole adaptor if you sell it as a set. Please send 2 alum either way. Let me know all the info. on payment, Thankyou Mike

Sent you and email Mike.

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