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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Powder Bushings
« on: March 22, 2021, 10:34:07 am »
Verify, Verify, Verify!

I have an "00" slide that takes adjustable bushings and a few inserts from Bruce Williams. Checked them prior to loading and they were spot on.

I also have a 1/2 inch bar that came with a number of inserts, (non Bruce Williams). Came with the head for .45LC.  Each marked and in separate small marked bag. Had one marked 6.5 Bullseye. Threw charges of 7.0.
Now have a 6.5 ordered from Bruce.


Star History / Bruce Willimans
« on: February 10, 2021, 07:54:48 pm »
Shout out for what a great asset he is to this forum. Not only parts but knowledge.

Had a problem, listed on forum and sent email to Bruce for his thoughts, before sending him machine.

Bruce made a point of responding with an email saying he would call later.
He did call. Machine was operable by that time, but Bruce made some great observations.

Thank You sir!

Star Reloaders / Help
« on: February 10, 2021, 02:49:54 pm »
Started a reloading session for 148gr, .38spl.
Loaded about 10-12 rounds.
Moved the handle and loaded another round. As I raised handle. it went up a little and then just stopped. Head is stuck.
Attempted partial disassembly. Shell plate moves. All dies free and clear.
Lubricated machine and struck a few times with a rubber mallet with no change.
Head is stuck.
Maybe shaft or keyway problem?

If I can figure how to reduce photo size will post.

Might be going to Bruce.

Star Reloaders / Star Adapter
« on: December 07, 2020, 09:08:32 am »
Found a Star Adapter listed for sale on Ebay.
Not really sure what it adapts.  Maybe a case feeder?

Tried to upload a picture but file size was too large.
Link may not work, but copy and paste in browser should.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / 45acp Universal for sale
« on: November 12, 2020, 01:14:43 pm »
Being listed here for forum members before going the Ebay route.
I am selling this reloader for an elderly shooter who is beginning to liquidate his shooting equipment.  He would like to clear $ 300.00 so is asking $ 340.00 which will include shipping to Continental United States. Will be well packaged and protected. Loader is located in New York State. It has been sitting and not been used for a few years, but is in good condition. Minor rust patina as can be seen in pictures, but function is smooth. Set up to load .45acp, and includes a 3.5 grain powder bar. Has Lifetyme dies. With the exception of the safety cam, all parts are present. The oversize powder tube has a homemade powder shutoff. It certainly does look homemade, but functions and does not leak. Original Brass primer tube and primer follower. Also includes two large primer pickup tubes, pictured with powder tube to estimate size.  I have a few other pictures but cannot resize small enough  to list here.  Check, Money Order, Paypal all accepted. Whichever is easier for buyer.  I can be contacted via forum or e-mail to  KennBoyd AT aol DOT com.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Primer seating problerm
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:55:33 am »
Put the 9mm head back on the Star. Adjusted the seating die. Noticed that the primers were not seating flush with the case and were a few thousands recessed. Loaded 50 as they were and found they worked in a Springfield 1911, but not all worked in a Kahr carry gun. Not even an indication of a light hit on the primer from those that did not work.

Head is mounted correctly, shell plate is installed correctly, as well as primer seat. Machine is over 50 years old, and I have never experienced this problem before in any of the four calibers I reload. Cannot fathom that adjustment of the seating die would be contributing to this problem. What say members?

Plan to dis-assemble and re-assemble the press and head to see if I can determine what the problem might be.
Thought perhaps a slight difference in primer seat height ?  I Intend to measure with another before I would consider shortening, but have generally found minimal if any variance in Star parts. Is possible the primer seat could be an aftermarket that came with the 9mm toolhead and be too long? I do not recall this issue the last time I reloaded 9mm (2018 )Maybe will have to get another from RBWillNJ just in case.

Will not have time to do anything before Saturday, so thought I might get some feedback and suggestions.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Interesting press on Ebay in .223
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:09:17 pm »
Happened to see an Ebay listing for  "  #1099 BERDON 223 cal. reloading press rare Star copy  "

Listing notes it needs work. Not sure whose copy.

I have no relationship to the item listing or seller at all. 

There is currently a listing on Ebay for the adapter only to use on a Star. It allows the use of the Lee Bullet feeder.
Search Ebay under Star Reloading.  4 available at a start price of $ 100.00

It is not my listing, nor do I know who's it is. Announcing it here only for information for those that may be interested.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Indexor on Ebay
« on: September 26, 2012, 02:56:21 pm »
Two interesting types of indexors on ebay. One is of a design I have seen a spec sheet on but not the actual unit. It also appears to eject.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / .380 press on Auction Arms
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:19:59 am »

w.extras....Auction ends 03.03.12
This is not my auction and I have no interest in it whatsoever. Merely publicising a harder to find caliber. Start bid is $ 750.00

Also some .38 and .45 presses for sale also.

Survey Says... / Values & Prices 2011
« on: March 27, 2011, 08:09:31 pm »
January  No listings to report

02/12  Universal in 38. Good clean condition, light rust patina. w/Casefeeder.   $ 308.13

02/12  Universal in .45 Very clean. Light patina, good paint, inexor and casefeeder.  $  525.10

02/22 Universal in .38, Excellant condition. Extremely clean.Solid paint and no rust at all.  $ 500.00

02/23  Progressive .38  Good condition, light patina. No extras.  $ 240.27

Star Reloaders / Label Option?
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:35:42 am »
There is/may be another option.

It is possible to cut and paste and save as a jpeg file, the picture of the label (next to the map) from this sites homepage. I have done this for a cover sheet for a booklet I put together for my Star related articles, notes, etc.  It can be highlighted and then when right clicking, you have the option to save picture as choice, to your MyPictures folder.

I am not too fluent in photo software, such as Microsift Photo Editor, but I am sure once in MyPictures, and with some effort and creativity, the jpeg can be sized, altered, changed, etc. and the result printed on an adhesive  label sheet.

Maybe if some one has photo expertise, they can chime in with the how to do it.

Survey Says... / 2011 Values and Prices
« on: January 04, 2011, 07:07:09 pm »
I plan on continuing same for 2011 as in the past from listings on Ebay, Auction Arms, Gunbroker, other sources, etc.
I apologize in advance in that I may miss a few.

Note that the information is subjective. It is based on my impression from listing description and photos that may be provided.
I received one critical e-mail from a seller who reads this forum, stating that I did not represent his machine accurately, and should refrain from making comments about something I did not have opportunity to see in person.
I politely replied that what is written is subjective, and is only my opinion. I also noted the comments are listed well after the auctions close, so the results are not impacted by what I may write. I also avoid lilting seller names so as not to offend anyone.

If anyone has any comments or thoughts on what I should do to make this information more useful, please let me know. I may or may not do it, but will take any suggestions and consider them.

Happy New Year!

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / .38 caliber 158 grain SWC
« on: August 05, 2010, 10:55:46 pm »
Have only loaded 148 grain wadcutter w/2.7 Bullseye powder on the Star to date, for NRA 2700 matches.
Am going to begin loading 158 SWC. also with Bullseye powder. Have a few differant loads I made on the Dillon, but not yet had time to shoot and chronograph, and check for sight change.

Plan on using for NRA Distinguished Revolver in a 6 inch barrel.
Wondering what others on this forum have loaded on the Star and have been happy with both in terms of performance and accuracy.


Survey Says... / Values and Prices 2010
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:32:26 pm »
Been busy but here are some more. Not timely but mostly complete.
January 2010

01/09  Star Universal .45 w/casefeeder Very clean w/lots of extras, some light rust $ 596.00
01/10  Star HEAD only...No dies or parts.   $ 149.26
01/10  Star .44 magnum dies and shell plate only (from above???)  $ 173.49
01/10   Star .38 Progressive Very very clean, Some extras. $ 685.91
01/24  Star 38 Progressive only No accessories. Very clean  $ 364.00
01/25  Star 38 Progressive only. Listed at $ 400.00 NOT SOLD
01/31  Star Universal 44 magnum. Clean, light patina of rust. casefeeder  $ 480.98

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