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Star Reloaders / Re: Primer die and primer die removal tool
« on: January 26, 2011, 06:31:18 pm »
I have both. The T handle one originated with my fathers first Star in .38. and extra head in 45 circa 1965.
The flat one came into being sometime later on. I would speculate, but not with certainty that the flat was an easier to make lesser cost item.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: How to set dies
« on: January 24, 2011, 08:30:31 pm »
Not only should the dies not contact the shell plate, there should also be clearance from the shell retaining straps. Depending on setup, the straps may actually be higher than the shell plate.

Survey Says... / Re: Camp Perry
« on: January 24, 2011, 07:12:38 pm »
What was even more amazing that year was how fast the range crew under Joe DeCosta was able to get things back into shape, to continue on with the rest of the matches.

Star Reloaders / Re: Complete set of Star Manuals 1961 on ebay just now!
« on: January 22, 2011, 01:08:41 pm »
Manuals, installation, parts, setup etc., can be found in PDF format on this site on the main page, before entering into the discussion forum, [no e-mail]@  page.

Parts list and schematics can also be found at

Star Reloaders / Re: CCI Large Pistol Primers getting sideways
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:32:28 pm »
Well, I put 100 primers in the tray, jiggle them around a bit till they're all pointed face down, invert and put about half of them in a pick up tube.  Place the tube over the resovoir, pull the pin, and gravity pulls them down.  Most of the time.  When they get lodged, thats when I break out the specs, gauntlet, mallet, skewer, and vaccum cleaner.

Sometimes they get lodged in the primer feed mechanism. That requires interuption of the cycle and the start of the fun and games associated with  shell plate removal.

I would suggest at the very least to have a full tube. I have never had this problem in the tube, but have always loaded a full tube, not partial.
I have occasionally had a primer problem in the feed mechanism, but that was usually due to dirt, or debris.

Star Reloaders / Re: Finished Round Counter
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:35:29 pm »
I did sell the one mentioned, but may have another.
I will look over the weekend and get back to you.

Star Reloaders / Re: Rifle machine, recent find
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:43:39 pm »
Makes you wonder how many rifle presses were actually made and sold.
For the ones that were, I wonder:   Where are they now?

Very nice work!

The Star dies even look new!

Star Reloaders / Re: Rifle machine, recent find
« on: January 15, 2011, 10:51:32 am »
Very interesting and nice pictures.
Looks like a great project.
I particularly like the idea of a whole block insert for powder, rather than the round inserts on most other adjustable bars. The rounds ones work well, but I think the block inserts give a little bit more area in which to alter for changes, etc.

Star Reloaders / Re: What are the down sides
« on: January 06, 2011, 09:36:14 pm »
I would have dies turned to star thread, rather than the toolhead to 7/8 x 14.

Star Reloaders / Re: Relief cut on Expander Plugs
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:11:01 pm »

MikeA may have the answer, it seems reasonable.
Maybe you cannot tell,  but do the cuts look like they may be original or an after thought by a previous owner?


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!

Survey Says... / Re: Values and Prices 2010
« on: January 04, 2011, 06:57:12 pm »
December 2010

12/03  Universal in .45, Grey patina, no remaining paint. Functional.  $ 310.00

12/03  Progressive .38., Good condition, sharp paint, some darkening patina. No rust.  $  266.00

12/21  Phelps in .45acp.,  w/casefeeder & indexor. Very clean, no rust.  $ $ 405.00  (Not sold. Reserve not met)

12/23  Universal in .45. W/casefeeder. Very clean, looked almost like new.  $ 615.00

12/23  Head only.  .38 w/shellplate. Same condition as above item, from same seller as above item.  $ 345.00

12/26  Universal .45., Good condition with light darkening patina. No rust, faded paint.  $ 455.00

12/27  Universal .45 Looked almost like new. W/casefeeder, extra powder slides, (1 adjustable w/bushings).  $ 711.00
                            extra primer bar, some other small extras.

Survey Says... / Re: Values and Prices 2010
« on: January 04, 2011, 06:49:48 pm »
November 2010

11/07  Universal w/two heads .38 and .45 Clean, very good condition with no rust.  $ 542.00

11/14  Head only.   .44 magnum w/shell plate. Very, very clean. Looked new $ 500.00

11/17  .38 only Progressive. Complete. Very good, clean condition.  $ 226.41

11/18  Universal in .45  W/casefeeder. Good condition with light rust patina  $ 510.00

11/21  Head only.  .45acp. Listed as new condition, still in paper. $ 500.00

Star Reloaders / Re: Rifle machine, recent find
« on: December 18, 2010, 11:26:02 am »
Nice pictures Bruce.
Can certainly see how much beefier the rifle machines were. Also nice to see the subtle differences,(relief cuts) as well as the obvious like the powder system.

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