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Survey Says... / Re: receiving parts from the NEW Star
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:37:33 am »
I just recently received a pleasant e-mail response from this gentleman.
Ordered some parts, and am waiting on receipt.
Will post comments after receipt.

Survey Says... / Re: Extra Parts
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:34:40 am »
Anyone have any thoughts on maintaining extra:
Rocker arm tappet, pin, and parts
Primer punch parts; small & large?

Have never heard of the above needing replacement other than from damage.

Survey Says... / Re: What caliber do you reload most?
« on: March 02, 2008, 09:55:30 am »
On my Star only:
45acp  45%
38spl   35%
9mm    20%

I load when time permits. Usually will sit down for one-two hours at a time and load approximately 500 rounds at a time, what is for me a leisurely pace. Try to have 1,000 to 2,000 on hand loaded and ready for when the urge or circumstance permit.
Cup or two of coffee or glass of iced tea nearby, and I can reload undisturbed!

Survey Says... / Extra Parts
« on: February 29, 2008, 09:58:26 am »
Since Star is no longer in production, parts availability, both original and aftermarket will eventually dwindle. While some can be easily fabricated or adapted from Dillon and others, etc, some cannot. I have been making sure I have some back-up parts on hand if needed for replacement. My first Star was my fathers from 1965, so if parts are not needed by me, they may be for who I pass the presses onto.
Thought I would start a discussion on what users see as essential spare parts inventory.
I figure at the very least:
Extra decapping pins
1 full set of all springs
1 extra primer bar in small and large
1 extra of each size powder bar used

I have not had to replace any parts yet, and that is with over 40 years of use, but you never know!
Would like to hear others suggestions, thoughts, ideas!

Star Reloaders / Re: Primer tube follower question
« on: February 29, 2008, 09:46:15 am »
Went to the site and looked it up. Appears to fit the bill. Thanks for the item number or I may have never found it. The site has a lot of varied items, which makes for some interesting speculation for other applications. (non-Star uses)

Star Reloaders / Re: Primer tube follower question
« on: February 28, 2008, 04:34:58 pm »
Thanks for the idea.
I have a 550 I use for rifle that is three feet away on the bench, but I wrote the question form work and did not think of that.
Tried the Dillon plastic plastic follower which fits and works with no problem.

Star Reloaders / Primer tube follower question
« on: February 28, 2008, 09:01:11 am »
The primer follower rod exerts enough weight on the primers to help insure good feeding and protecting the primers from exploding, while at the same time, is strong enough to engage the primer bar when the primers run out.
Does anyone know what material was used on the end of the primer follower for this purpose?

Any suggestions on best method to retrofit a rod that does not have anything on the end? I have a second hand, weighted, (homemade by someone) brass rod that has nothing on the bottom, that I currently do not use for safety concerns. I can alter the top to a lighter weight so it is equal to the Star originals, but need something safe to add to the end where it contacts the primers, and when empty the primer bar.
Suggestions welcome.

Star Reloaders / Re: Parts list, drawings
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:01:26 am »
You can also use the two parts pdf's at

Not a fully functional site, but the pdf's are easily printable, and the price list may or may not be a good guideline for WTS/WTB items, but offers some insight.

Star History / Re: star tooling
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:40:40 pm »
I would think it there was a Chinese variation, there would have been numerous discussions, comments and posts galore on this site!

Star History / Re: star tooling
« on: February 20, 2008, 11:19:02 am »

Have never heard or seen any reference to "Chinese" Star reloaders. No info I can locate on internet searches. Based upon experience with Chinese goods, I would speculate about quality. Where did you find or what do you have for information?

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: powder data
« on: February 08, 2008, 06:58:19 pm »
Saw reference to powder chart. Contacted Ed Looney about availability.
I contacted him, (over 2 years later than his post) Still had and faxed a copy to me.
Very helpful and informational.

Star Reloaders / Re: Different Decal Color On Star Toolheads
« on: February 07, 2008, 10:07:30 am »
Took a look at mine. One has/had what looks like a silver decal. Unless it was a very faded gold that looked silver as it aged. but do not think so.
I do not know the year but I think 1960s vintage. There is no difference between that head and my others that I can see or find. I would speculate, they used what the printer provided?

Star Reloaders / Re: 45 Long Colt
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:30:09 pm »
I sent you mailing info via personal message.

Star Reloaders / Re: 45 Long Colt
« on: February 06, 2008, 09:11:31 am »
List your needs in the WTB/WTS section. You can also communicate with Steve Ogden, a member of this group and inquire about what he may have. He has numerous assorted parts and accessories. I have dealt with him and he is fair and reasonable.

Star Reloaders / Re: Star Universal Value?
« on: February 01, 2008, 09:41:05 pm »
A 9mm Star just sold on Ebay for $ 760.99.
I think expensive, but it really is a question of supply and demand.
It is really worth what someone will pay for it!

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