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Star History / Re: Star Machine Works, the Next Chapter
« on: November 17, 2014, 06:53:22 am »
Now hurry up and develop that update kit to allow Progressives to load multiple calibers!!


Star History / Re: Star Machine Works, the Next Chapter
« on: November 16, 2014, 05:29:37 pm »
This is fantastic news for the Star community.

I can think of nobody else whose interest, experience and craftsmanship matches that of the original Star shop than yours do Bruce.  Congratulations and I look forward to trading with you in the future.


Star Reloaders / Re: What Plastic Was Used on the Casefeeder Tubes?
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:59:51 pm »
Bingo...I got mine off of Ebay as well, and it was quite affordable.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: double powder loads
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:20:27 pm »
Good suggestions all.

I use a spent casing painted red as a powder catcher.  I also keep a small supply of primed brass to slip into the press via the post-primer station should I need to synch up the progression.

The best advice I can offer is to remember that if you have powder in your hopper, every time you pull the handle it's going to drop powder.

Star Reloaders / It's raining Stars
« on: October 16, 2014, 06:36:32 am »
There's always been a number of Star presses on Ebay, however this week seems to take the cake. There's a huge number up for grabs for some imponderable reason.

It's probably just random chance but it's interesting to see the profusion of them right now.

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Re: Question on Powder Coating and Star Sizer
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:47:50 pm »
I have sized 500-600 powder coated 9mm in my Star sizer, with no wear that I can see. Works great, and keeps everything clean.


Hello. I am not aware of this being possible , but I believe I read that there are some working on this modification.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Powder Cutoff WTB
« on: June 06, 2014, 09:08:38 pm »
Another vote for the Maruilew drain... great tool at a good price.


Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Difficult primer seating
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:33:18 am »
Federal seems to be the biggest group of knotheads offender in my samples, with BLAZER being the one I find most often.  I presort my brass but inevitably some squeak through.

It's a perfect answer to a question nobody asked. Undoubtedly some beancounter breakthrough to save money...

Star Reloaders / Re: primer feeder misalignment
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:43:02 am »
Is it possible that the angle cam you have is from a progressive and being used on a universal? I have run into this issue as well.


Star Reloaders / Re: Interference in the expander/primer stage
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:35:18 pm »
I'll get with Dave to see if he can "fix" that die for me. The kicker works fine, but not with the taper crimp in that last station.

To wrap up this problem  learning experience. What LOOKED to me like an interference at the base of the casing was in fact interference at the mouth of the case. By a combination of  measuring factory ammo, measuring the ammo that didn't feed, and the loaded case gauge , and a lot of caliper measurements I finally found the root cause.

The benefit is, I know far better how each stage affects the case sizing having done before/after measurements at various stages. 

Thanks to all for the hints... and I learned more about my Stars...and Dave is building me a new die to fix this.

Star Reloaders / Re: Interference in the expander/primer stage
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:17:44 pm »
Thanks for all your suggestions. I've been messing with the various stations and a cartridge case gauge and figured it out. The problem is, there's an incompatibility with the taper crimp die and the case kicker I'm using. I need about a 32th of an inch more travel than that case kicker allows, in order for this to work.

I'm disappointed as the kicker works great.,... it's just incompatible with the dies I have in my Uni .

Star Reloaders / Re: Interference in the expander/primer stage
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:21:51 am »
Hi Dave

I'll go measure the expander plug. I believe it to be a stock Star unit.  This happens independent of brass types and with several bullet types.

The bullets I'm using are plated Berrys 230g RN  + some home cast 200g SWC out of a Lee mold, that have been powder coated and sized after powder coating in a Lubesizer (Star). Dia is .452 (I will double check that too)

Star Reloaders / Interference in the expander/primer stage
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:59:47 am »
My 45ACP reloads are coming out overly expanded (will not feed reliably in several handguns  and will not pass a go gauge.)
After the sizing/deprimestage, they're fine, after expanding, not fine.  If I back out the expander plug more, it'll interfere with the powder slide. The issue is not with the neck, but with expansion of the diameter near the base.

What should I look at (and then adjust  8)  ) next to address this problem?


Star Reloaders / Re: Top PLate
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:03:30 pm »
Bruce does very good work!


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