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Star Reloaders / Re: Seating SWCs on my Progressive.
« on: May 25, 2021, 01:28:02 pm »
Thanks NYKenn.  This is working up toward the top of my to-do list and should be done within the next month or so.  I'm hoping to set my Star Progressive and Star Lubricator on their own little bench dedicated to loading 38 Spl only, but readily switchable between 38 MRWC and SWC.


Star Reloaders / Seating SWCs on my Progressive.
« on: May 15, 2021, 07:49:03 pm »
Many years ago I bought an old Star Progressive that came from the John Amber estate.  It was/is set up with Hulme case feeder but otherwise out of the box stock, equipped to reload mid range 38 wad cutters for Bullseye competition.    I donít shoot very many 38s and though we got the press up and running several years ago, it mostly languishes in my basement.  :'(
During one of several abortive attempts to start using it once again, I contacted Bruce and purchased but never installed a seater to seat semi wad cutters rather than the current full wad cutters. My question is (if we ignore powder charge for the moment) do I need to do anything else besides change the seating die to convert from WC to SWC loading?
Sounds stupid I know, but keep in mind Iím barely making the jump from 310 tools to single stage and turret presses.

TIA ~ Froggie

Star Reloaders / Re: .223 Super Stars Conversions
« on: December 14, 2020, 07:47:08 pm »
The advertisement states that this is for the "Star Progressive" press.  Was this actually the case or was their design for use on Universal Progressive presses?


Star Reloaders / Re: New member, with a newly-acquired Star
« on: December 09, 2020, 11:04:37 am »
I just found this topic.  WOW!  If I had a Star Universal in 32 S&W L Iíd be burning up the InterWeb to get the rest of the pieces I needed to get it running.  If youíve been in touch with Bruce, Iím guessing this is a done deal by now.  How about an update?  (maybe some more pictures?  ::) )  This is a pretty hard-to-find caliber for the Stars, at least in this country.


Star Reloaders / Re: Star Adapter
« on: December 09, 2020, 10:56:25 am »
As one of Bruceís customers for this accessory, I can say without fear of contradiction, it is perfect for its intended purpose.  Even if I werenít using it with the Lee collimator Iíd still want it to hold the case feeder tube in place over my Hulme case feeder base.  The aluminum is adequate and functional I am sure, but the brass one is just so elegant!  Thanks Bruce!

Charlie the Frog

Star Reloaders / Re: Star Adapter
« on: December 07, 2020, 05:33:53 pm »
Isn't that one of the ones Bruce made/makes to adapt the Lee Case Collimator to a Hulme Case Feeder?  It looks familiar.


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Bullet sizer
« on: August 04, 2020, 11:21:13 am »

Would you happen to have an original 313 die in stock and the punch to go with it?  If yes, please drop me a line here or at my yahoo address if you still have it.  Thanks!


Star Reloaders / Re: New Member
« on: August 04, 2020, 11:17:13 am »
You're fulfilling one of my goals.  The Star press in 32 S&W is like a dream for me and has been for a while. I'm wondering though, why did you start with that instead of the 38 or 45?


Star History / Re: Stars of the Star Machine Works
« on: August 04, 2020, 11:14:00 am »
Bruce, I'm guessing that truck load wasn't everything you bought from him?  ??? Was there also a moving van involved in the process?  8)


Star History / Re: Were Star's every made in 32 S&W Long or 38 S&W?
« on: October 15, 2019, 09:26:30 am »
Thanks for your response, Dave. I guess in the long run it would make more sense for me to try and locate an affordable Universal and get a caliber set built for it in 32 S&W L than to bumble along having the extensive work done necessary to convert my long suffering Progressive.  Oh well I guess my K-38 will continue to be well fed! ::)


Star Reloaders / Re: progressive press
« on: September 23, 2019, 02:51:01 pm »
Actually the Progressive was basically a dedicated press for 38 Special only, with the main options being various powder charges or bullet profiles.  I've been told about some mods that could be done on them, but to really get the full range of calibers one needs to get a Universal Progressive Press that can be relatively quickly changed from any of the range of pistol and revolver calibers (and some rifle calibers) that were offered for the Star.

I personally own a Progressive (my only Star) and have asked repeatedly about having it converted to another caliber, but the cost and effort would be prohibitive according to everyone I've talked to.  If anyone can now do a simple conversion of my Progressive to 32 S&W Long, I'd love to hear from you.


Star Lubricator & Resizers / Replacement Sizing Dies
« on: July 29, 2019, 09:54:41 pm »
I have the possible opportunity to acquire an old Star lubricator/sizer in a trade.  My question is, how difficult will it be for me to get a .313" sizing die to go in it?  I'm not interested in "original" but would very much like for it to be a proper fit if I'm going to go to the trouble to set this up, and would like for it to actually throw a true .313" product.  In the current market, is such a thing available and if yes, how much should I expect to have to pay for it?
Thanks in advance for any help and guidance you may provide.


Star History / Re: Were Star's every made in 32 S&W Long or 38 S&W?
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:54:31 pm »
Bruce, just trying to catch up after being distracted by life for a while...

Have you standardized a conversion for the Star Progressive to 32 S&W L, or is creating that shell plate too much of a problem?  I seem to recall that in a previous exchange you mentioned that this was the primary difficulty in such a conversion, but can't remember whether you had cracked the code or not.  It looks like I'm getting more and more 32s around here and fewer 38s, so my poor old Progressive is starting to feel neglected.  :-\ 


Star History / False Rumor Exposed
« on: March 25, 2019, 11:39:54 am »
I was horrified to read on another shooting and reloading forum that the owner of Star Reloading had died and all of the parts stock had been sold.  :'(  I quickly scanned this forum and looked for any hint of confirmation, but of course there was none, so I went back and asked whether it was possible that the OP might be mistaken or have incomplete information.  Within hours, Bruce appeared on that forum and essentially stated that "Reports of my death..."   8)

The phrase "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone!" came to mind.  Once again I was reminded of how blessed we who are interested in the Star Progressive Presses are to have Bruce and several others who are making it possible for us to maintain our machines.  I just thought I'd stop by and express my gratitude for all of you who are keeping the Star Tradition alive.  It has to be a labor of love and we who are its recipients should be very grateful.  I know I am!  :)

Charlie Shaeff
the Green Frog

Star Reloaders / Re: New member/new to me Universal
« on: May 27, 2016, 09:04:35 am »
Welcome to the Star Forum.  I'm sorry it seemed that folks were slow to answer and that some of the answers seemed a little bit haughty to you... we're generally a pretty friendly bunch around here.  On the subject of using or adapting standard 7/8X14 dies on your Universal, yes it has been done, and if you are a fairly talented machinist you might even be able to make a head to accomplish that.  OTOH, the Star was and is the "Rolls Royce" of progressive reloaders and to adapt it to a set of Lee dies would be kinda like adding a Chevy engine to the Rolls... it would work, but would it really be a good thing to do.

My suggestion is to use your press as is and get familiar with its workings and its idiosyncrasies, then decide whether you want to invest in the conversion(s) to other caliber(s) if they are worthwhile for you.  Unlike many other reloading tools, the Star is indeed an investment that will continue to be at the same time useful and growing in value.  Your Uncle was apparently a wise man in this regard and gave you a fine gift; congratulations.


PS  If and when you DO decide to change calibers or make upgrades, members of this forum like Dave, who has already responded and Bruce, who Dave mentioned, can provide excellent OEM-replacement and well thought out and tested upgrade parts... they've already helped me with my 38 spl (only) Star Progressive.

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