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Star Reloaders / Re: Star sizer and loader at work in 1936
« on: May 08, 2013, 06:40:20 am »
One of mine is stamped "CHPD".... clearly a police department, but it came from the upper midwest so I have no idea.

John in NC
(it's probably NOT Chapel Hill Police Dept since it didn't come from here)

Star Reloaders / First impressions (and cartridges).
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:38:42 am »
At the risk of wearing out my welcome, I'll share that I completed my first cartridges on my Progressive yesterday. I have some fine tuning to do but everything seemed to work well except for the operator.

As a result of this being my first progressive reloader, I got really good at removing the tool head and the shell plate and cleaning powder out of the base.  I do have a powder drain, which I will eventually remember to use !

In the limited amount of time spent reloading (versus cleaning  :)  ) I immediately noticed how well this machine works. I'm used to single stage or Lee Turret press operation. The turret works, but it's fiddley...the shell needs to be manually futzed with to get the primer seated, the indexing is not always ...indexed, etc.  The Star makes this all seem easy (once I remember that every handle pull drops powder!).

The case feeder works fine and the whole unit operates very smoothly.... no news to all of you who have owned and operated these machines for some time, but it's really fun using these fine old loaders!

Thanks to all of you for the help so far. Now... on to the sizer!


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: 9MM die set/shell plate
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:25:26 am »
I have a set in the queue now, thanks!


Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Expander plug depth
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:16:02 pm »
No I think you're right. Seems like some of my brass were being bulged out in the process. I've since adjusted the plug so it doesn't extend so far into the brass.


Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Expander plug depth
« on: April 21, 2013, 07:04:48 pm »
Is there any reason to run the expander plug any deeper than the seating depth of the bullet ?


Star History / Its for sale
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:59:35 pm »
Went to get a look at the Star 10th Ave location, and it's for sale.

Anyone know if this is the same building as the machine shop, or only the same location?


Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTB: 9MM die set/shell plate
« on: April 15, 2013, 09:19:54 pm »
Looking for a 9mm die set, shell plate and a small primer punch.

Thanks for any leads!  Please send a PM with info ...

Star Reloaders / Re: Another new guy with a couple questions
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:42:00 am »
Welcome to the forum. I'm also a newbie here ,and the amount of information and knowledge here is really great.  I have learned a lot from reading the back posts and learning from others questions and answers.

It looks like you have a really nice unit....congratulations. I'll add to the list of people who recommend Bruce's work. I recently received a rebuilt Universal from him and it's better than I expected.

Best regards and again welcome.

Star Reloaders / Re: Homemade "Star"
« on: March 30, 2013, 07:56:31 pm »
What a great find. Interesting use of machined billet steel to replace the castings in the Star....

I greatly appreciate the skill and it takes to transform hunks of metal into a machine like this.


Looking to purchase a case feeder for my Progressive.

Thanks for any info

Star Reloaders / Re: Cartridge kicker
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:36:21 am »
Can you summarize what you had to modify to implement this? A video would be great if you could post that.


Star Reloaders / Re: Advice for the n00b
« on: March 23, 2013, 07:56:09 pm »
Here's the new/old Stars.

First is a beautifully refurbished Universal in 45 ACP (Thank you Bruce). The Progressive is a Craigslist find (CHPD? Wonder what police dept that was/is?). It's in nice shape, and doesn't seem to have much wear, though it's getting a good cleaning.  

There's also a picture of a threaded "what's it" that came with the Progressive. Any ideas?

I'm really glad to own these!

Star Reloaders / Re: Advice for the n00b
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:34:43 am »
I took everyones input and did ....both.

I bought a restored Universal from Bruce. It arrived yesterday and is spectacular....far better than I expected, and I suspect, cheaper than finding the parts and pieces to assemble one. I'm truly grateful to own this machine.

Secondly, I bought a Progressive off of Craigslist. It seems in very good condition, and since I own 4 S&W Model 10's and a Model 36, I'll get a lot of use out of it. It was packed very carefully and arrived with no damage whatsoever.

I'll post pics if anyone is interested. Thanks for your advice! I'll own these machines forever.


Star Reloaders / Was there ever a date code, or...
« on: March 06, 2013, 08:12:46 pm »
Did Star ever date code, or serialize their equipment? I guess my real question is there a way to determine when the reloaders were built?


Star Lubricator & Resizers / Re: Index of sizer die P/N?
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:14:55 am »
Thank you, that's good to know!  I've seen pix of them electro penciled ... if they were frequently semi-custom made, that makes sense.

I have a lot to learn about these machines


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