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Star History / Re: Factory returns ?
« on: December 18, 2009, 03:42:10 pm »
Agreed Ron.

I have a Dillon 550 that I use exclusively for rifle. Good machine, no complaints, makes good ammo, and they back their warranty claims.  But, it is not the same as a Star!

Star History / Factory returns ?
« on: December 18, 2009, 11:11:20 am »
A post in another topic got me thinking.
I do not know of anyone that had to return a Star machine for tweaking, repair, exchange, etc. The quality was that good. But, there may have been a few.
Interested to know if anyone had any experiences with "problem" machines?

I am sure the same will never be said with most plastics, which tend to show wear quicker than metals do. Most newer things in general are designed for obsolescence. This insures future purchases and profits.

I do not know of anyone that had to replace a Star, or for that matter had so send any back for tweaking, fixing, etc. Added a newer one, wanted more, but not replaced.

Star Reloaders / Re: Storage of Star Machine Heads
« on: December 16, 2009, 11:02:37 am »

Never said I was tidy.
Just a bit organized.

In all fairness, the first storage base was made by my father, circa 1965.
I just copied his for my others.


This is where you have to start out with process of elimination, especially if you change something.
Bullet weight, powder weight, crimp, etc. etc. I know I check random weight for each box of bullets I open to reload to see variance. Powder on the Star seems to remain remarkably consistent, as do dies.

A few years ago, my groups (Bullseye) started to open up to the point my consistent scores were starting to drop. Started with weights, etc. progressed to the gun. Turned out the barrel crown was the problem.

Of course it is never the last item ever considered. The shooter!

There is a copy of a Gil Hebard spec sheet uploaded by RBWillNJ in the topic  Star on Ebay.
Bruce commented on the suggested taper. He can propably provide some insight too.

Differant brand but same specs as CDRT.

Works and shoots well. Very well. Better than me.

Star Reloaders / Re: Storage of Star Machine Heads
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:34:03 am »
I do not have as many, but mine are very similar to Bruce's except I also drilled holes, and made cuts to the wood base to accept the base plug as well as the primer punch, spring, and nut, and primer slide.
Allows me to keep all the caliber and working parts together.

Star History / Star on Ebay.
« on: December 03, 2009, 10:00:31 pm »
There is a nice star on ebay, start bid of $ 800.00

What is in the photos is a copy of a document from Gil Hebard about Star die adjustment.

I think Bruce (RBWillNJ) on this site did a cut and paste from an auction before and copied it here.
Maybe he can do this also and share the results. I am going to ask and try but not sure of result.

Star Reloaders / Re: posting images
« on: December 01, 2009, 08:25:25 pm »
Powder drain?

Does not look like any other I have seen to date.

Survey Says... / Re: Values and Prices July 09+
« on: November 23, 2009, 10:56:03 am »
November 2009

11/06  Universal in .38, Clean, light rust patina, Okay  paint, $ 400.00
11/16  Phelps  Some corrosion and Rusty, casefeeder no tubes.  Not sold [no e-mail]@ $ 500.00 Buy it now

11/22 Same seller, two auctions
         .38 Universal, Very clean, good bright paint, casefeeder w/tubes, $ 610.00
         .45 Universal, Very clean, good bright paint, casefeeder w/tubes. Excellent condition $ 571.01


Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading bar
« on: November 20, 2009, 08:58:11 pm »
I have one from Rich.

Very nice workmanship. Works well.
Happy with it, and worth the price.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading bar
« on: November 18, 2009, 03:44:52 pm »
Obviously checking a reloading manual is first and formost.

One alternative you can also do is fill in the hole in the powder bar and then drill and enlarge to get one you need for what you actually want to load. J&B weld comes to mind.

Have you thought about acquiring am adjustable bar? I did for my 9mm to give me a range to design loads in that work best. It took a little more experimentation than using tried and true grain specific powder bars common for .38 & .45, like Star used to ship with.

Good luck!

Survey Says... / Re: New member intro
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:59:49 am »
.45 next?  Maybe 9mm.

If you like loading on it, (and you should) it should serve you well.

There is a lot of information on this site. Make use of it!
Good luck.

Survey Says... / Re: Values and Prices July 09+
« on: November 06, 2009, 04:34:28 pm »
November 09  so far!

11/01  .45  Universal w/.38 head and shellplate, and a 9mm shellplate only. Light surface rust, extra
          powder bars and primer tunes,. Light rust, sharp paint. $ 615.55

11/01  .38 Progressive. Very rusty, no feeder tubes. $ 440.55

11/01  45 Head only. Complete including shell plate,  Some light surface rust.  $ 262.76

11/02  Universal in 44 S&W w/casefeeder. Some rust. Another caliber not often seen.  $ 675.00

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