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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Universal For Sale
« on: March 12, 2016, 06:56:16 pm »
The price is/was around the average area for pricing as it is in the common .45 caliber.

Part of the reason it may have sold so quick is the excellent condition this machine is in.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB 9mm Luger Dies
« on: January 31, 2016, 07:54:18 pm »
Bruce Williams (RBWillNJ) and Rich Daniels (Barreltester)  on this site have or can manufacture the dies

Star History / Re: Where star left off and Dillin begins
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:09:33 pm »
Mr. Walters;

Would that be the straight-line rifle machine for the military or a variance of the Progressive/Universal?

Star Reloaders / Re: STAR BASE OR NOT?
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:00:25 pm »
Almost all the original Star bases I have seen have the blue tint. Additionally, I have never seen a Universal with the base having been grinded flat in the area of the locating straps. Based on above, I would speculate it is probably a Phelps, or other knock-off.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Star Parts on eBay
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:11:16 pm »
Considering the declining numbers on this forum over the last few years, listing on Ebay is a good idea if just for the exposure.

I would hope that maybe you suggest this forum for those that purchase from you on Ebay, as they may not know of it.

I myself learned about this site from a friend or I might not have come across this site, as early as I did.


Star Reloaders / Re: difference
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:17:59 pm »
Additionally you can refer to the title page. That answer, but also a lot more info on Stars without having to navigate through all the various forum topics if you are pressed for time. Otherwise the old forum posts are a tremendous source of info.

Star History / Re: Star Inline or Straight-line Reloader
« on: September 17, 2015, 05:48:46 pm »
I think it is safe to assume if Bruce has no idea, we will never know, unless someone finds all their business records, which by now are probably long gone to the dust pile.


Star History / Re: Star Inline or Straight-line Reloader
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:25:18 pm »
And machines built in the 30s are still functioning and is use! As you say a testament to the Star.

You are right in that there were relatively few changes. As the Star remained almost the same, their total production numbers over the years were substantially higher than many other presses from the many manufacturers, almost making them common. The Star quality is probably one of the reasons for smaller numbers of other presses, as most could not complete with the Star, and thus did not last long.

Do you know or is there any idea of how many Star presses were actually made and sold over the years?

Star History / Re: Star Inline or Straight-line Reloader
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:58:38 pm »
Thanks for the info.

It is interesting the more that is found out, the more questions arise!

For those that acquired the first 12, I would think they were people who knew what they had, and information could have been passed down with them. Unfortunately, I might speculate the early owners are long past, and whoever inherited them know nothing about them and they were readily discarded, or are still in an attic or basement and whoever finds them will have no idea what they are.

Thus the other 6 may never be found again.

Star History / Re: Star Inline or Straight-line Reloader
« on: September 12, 2015, 08:59:33 am »
Thanks. The two you have are in better condition than most I have seen pictures of. Not having seen one in person, am wondering.
Was 30/06 the only caliber they were made in?
Are they caliber specific or could changes be made?
Any idea how many actually were manufactured?

Will probably never know or be able to find out, but would be interesting to know the thoughts behind making them, who for and why. Etc.

Star History / Re: Star Inline or Straight-line Reloader
« on: September 11, 2015, 10:53:58 pm »

Is it 30-06?


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB 00 Adjustable powder bar
« on: August 18, 2015, 08:54:41 pm »
I sent you a PM with contact info.


Drop a note to  RBWillNJ   on this site or visit his website:   StarMachineWorks.Com

If he does not have them in stock, Rich Daniels    BarrelTester   on this site can make them for you.

Both are excellent to deal with!

Star Reloaders / Re: bought a star
« on: May 05, 2015, 04:49:46 pm »
If it has shell holders it is the Universal, if not Progressive.

As for the last station, you do not have to make a special extractor.. There is a commercial case kicker made that is affordable and works very well if you want one. It is simple design and simple install, and does not require modification to your press. Attaches at the safety cam support.  Info can be found on this forum.

I do not use one, but many do.  I remove the rounds one at a time as they are loaded while placing the head on the case at the seating die. Time impact negligible, but slightly more labor intensive, but it also gives me a chance to feel the finished round for defects etc.

Good luck!

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Adjustable charge bars
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:59:15 pm »
I have used adjustable charge bars for determining a load I liked. Once found, I use a fixed charge bar.

I have used the adjustable, (1 Hoag, 1 Barreltester) to load up to a box at a time, and the loads have been just as consistent as a fixed bar. There has been some variance, but minimal at best that I attribute to the powder.

When I first used the adjustable, I weighed the charge every ten rounds. Now I only weigh the first 3 in the beginning and the last 3 at the end to insure consistency. 

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