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Survey Says... / Re: Camp Perry
« on: July 17, 2018, 03:56:40 pm »
Attended again this year. Many changes to housing, and only two firing ranges. But there were a little over 600 competitors; up from last year.

Swap meet was poorly attended. Three vendors when I got there about five minutes after it began. No stars as expected.

Did speak with one shooter who had a .45 Star for sale, w/Indexor and case feeder,  but did not bring it as there is really no means to advertise and sell it at Camp Perry.
He occasionally visits this site, but was hoping to sell it first hand in order to work with the buyer.

Precision Pistol is holding it's own, but not growing as mush as other venues, and I think impacting how Stars are perceived.


Star Reloaders / Re: Star Loader set up questions
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:34:59 pm »
If you cannot discern from the home page on this site, you could also try

You could also contact Bruce Williams on this site as RBWillNJ, who by the way owns www.StarMachineWorks

Star Reloaders / Re: Powder slide scored by debris
« on: April 29, 2018, 11:56:38 am »
If you are using an older brass or metal powder tube, or have a brass powder drain threaded in, check the threads on them. Vibration from use, or accidental impact,  could have cracked same where it is attached, and resulted in a small piece of brass flaking off.

I could see a cardboard from some older Bullseye as that was used in the manufacture of the tube can, but Brass not so much, but who knows.

Star Reloaders / Re: Need help with the press mount
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:22:11 pm »
Mounted similar to Star as suggested, but mounted 2x12 higher to not need additional height. Drilled a hole to collect primers and build a sliding draw under it to catch them.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Charge Bars?
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:26:43 pm »
It is not five grains but a number 5 insert.
Different powders will drop different grains.
You could drop a few drops and measure on a scale to give you a starting point.

RBWillNJ (Bruce Williams) on this site will have accessories and inserts to alter to your load. Bruce has the Star Machine Works site.

There is also a thread on this list (which Bruce can provide) that determines size by masurement of the insert and computing the volume.


Might want to check that you have both small (32 & 38) and large (45) primer feeds.

Also if you can list the powder bar markings for powder and grains, would help to determine which caliber they likely fit.

You could also contact Bruce Williams   RBWillNJ  on this site. He operates the Star Machine works site and would likely be interested in the package.
In my dealings with Bruce I have found him to be both reasonable and fair.

Good luck.

There are a few threads on this site that have some sale/resale details.
You could also check out listings on Ebay to get an idea, but do the sold data not the asking listings as some are overpriced and do not sell for what they are asking, especially on the reloaders.

Also Bruce Williams,   RBWillNJ  on this site might be interested in the whole lot as he owns Star Machine Works.
Good luck.

Star Reloaders / Re: charge bars
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:21:52 pm »
Powder slides vary in thickness by "O", "OO", "OOO" and "OOOO" size.
Bruce Williams (RBWILLNJ) has them in stock and can provide measurements for each type.

Star Reloaders / Re: MA systems bullet feeder
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:00:53 am »
Very nice indeed!

Can the same speeds be achieved with lead?

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Powder magazine
« on: December 16, 2017, 04:09:22 pm »
Contact Bruce Williams on this site, member:     RBWillNJ

or his Star Reloaders website.

Star Reloaders / Re: MA systems bullet feeder
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:23:22 pm »
Able to log into Google but same 404 error code.

Star Reloaders / Re: Changing powder slides
« on: October 18, 2017, 07:05:46 pm »
I found it easiest to simply remove the entire head assembly and then swap out the powder slide by removing the spring. Certainly easier then removing the cam every from the base every time. Once off you can pour out the powder and cycle the bar a few times to clear it before swapping out.
Unless you have a powder cutoff, or the tube is completely empty, doing it on the machine will result in some unnecessary powder spillage, in around and under the shell plate, etc.

Star Reloaders / Re: Backwards Primers
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:42:32 pm »
Tom mentioned having a burr, which can happen with hard primers.
At one time I had an occasional primer sticking in the tube and not feeding into the primer bar. Probably  no more than one or two in loading 500 rounds. 
I found a light buildup of crud in the tube, enough to hold a primer every now and then.
As a precaution, I push a log pipe cleaned down the tune once or twice a year. No issues since doing this.

The three mentioned firearms will all provide a good value, and have both collector and shooter interest.

I primarily do firearms appraisals and evaluations for attorneys as well as estate and insurance needs, so my 2 cents is:

1. Do some research and do not jump at the first offer.

2. If you can try to find a local firearms appraiser in your area, or at least a dealer that will not try to under price you, to get an estimate of resale value.

3. Check out same and similar models that have actually sold on  Auction listing price alone is not a sign of a guns value.

4. Invest in a months access to Fejestads Blue Book ( and estimate your self, but pay attention to the many variances between models and serial number ranges.

5. Assess their condition accurately.

Good luck.

I previously posted similar for another  who  WTT w/.45

38 was the most common caliber and 9mm was much rarer in quantity, and less common, the value is different and I doubt you will find many people willing to trade straight up, but maybe open to trade and cash as you suggest,

I know Rich Daniels (Barreltester) on this site make shell-plates, but I would also expect Bruce Williams (RBWillNJ) on this site, can supply both dies and plate and get you up and running in no time.

When I began to load .9mm, I went with an adjustable measure until I found my ideal load and then drilled a bar to that fixed powder drop.
Good luck!.

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