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Messages - Kenneth L. Walters

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Star History / Re: A couple of quick notes on Star history
« on: January 31, 2006, 03:15:07 pm »
I don't remember seeing this picture before.  Age probably.

This part, however, I KNOW.  This is an auto ejector/safety cam.  Star never advertised this part but you could use them on shells that would not fall out the bottom of the machine.  I must have purchased a half dozen from Star.  Worked beautifully.

Don't know, or maybe remember, anything about this working with a taper crimp die.

It was just for automatic ejection.

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Star History / Re: New member
« on: January 27, 2006, 12:34:10 am »
Any chance of a picture of the three station non-progressive?  Was that ever offered for commercial sale?

Somewhere in Star's history I think that they also experimented with some sort of bullet casting machine or, maybe, experimented with making mould blocks.  You know anything about that?

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Star Reloaders / Re: Star Add-ons
« on: January 11, 2006, 03:57:39 pm »
Decades ago in a magazine I can not longer remember the name of I did an article on all the Star after market accessories.  No idea now where that was printed.

Hulme started making case feeders long before Star's were drilled and taped for them.  Star started selling these and building their machines to match in the mid 50's I think.  Though FAR FAR less common, Hulme also made a bullet feeder.  The only one I ever knew of I bought decades ago.

Brewster made a 1000 primer primer turret and an automatic advancement mechanism.  My have had some other products too.  The primer turret sat above Star primer tube and was, quite literally, a bomb waiting to go off.  I know of several that did.

Don't think that there was ever a powder shut off.

Star made an automatic case ejector for rounds that didn't fall through the base.  Clever simple little device.

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Star Reloaders / Re: Star Press Mounting Solutions
« on: January 11, 2006, 03:52:59 pm »
That's clever.

Kind of wish that I had never found this site.  Almost makes me wish that I had kept my Star collection.  Almost.  I had a straightline, a rifle tool, the pistol/223 tool, at least one non-universal (maybe two) and several universals.  I loved those things but, well, I got an offer that I just could not refuse.

I also had most of the copies, a Dillon RL1000, Phelps, CPM and Berdon.  Never got the 50 BMG machine (think that only three or four of those were ever made) and never got the one built in Australia.

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Star Reloaders / Re: Star Press Mounting Solutions
« on: January 07, 2006, 06:27:09 pm »
Personally I always like the B&G base.  Had a nice mounting service and containers for spent primers and bullets.  A large series of shelves to hold your cast bullets and a large bin for the yet to be used brass.

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Star History / Re: Star Straightline owner
« on: January 05, 2006, 10:46:55 am »
It has been about eight years since I've seen mine so I might get this wrong.

The primer device was a rectangular piece of brass maybe six inches long.  The inside width and height roughly matches the dimensions of the primers.  The top was open along the entire length.  The open top wasn't quite the width of the top.  Seem to remember minor lips on each side but I could be wrong about that.

The weight on the end of the chain hung from the front of the machine.  Worked kind of like a counterweight on a coocoo clock.

The weight attached via the chain to a sled like device that sat behind the primers.  The reason for the "lips" at the top of the rectangular brass was to keep the sled from being able to pop out.  The sled could ONLY be pulled forward.

This pressure keep moving primers forward.  Use one and the next one would slide into place.  Looked a bit odd but it worked just fine.

I seriously doubt that this has been blocked off on your machine.  You just don't have the counterweight, primer "tray" (the rectangular thingie), the sled, chain and counterweight.  I'd ask the fellow here who has parts if he has those that he might sell you.

Specifically to answer your list of questions.
  this gadget got the primers to the right position.
  it indexed (pushed the primers to the right place) automatically under pressure from the weight
  it could load any primers of a given width so I would assume that it could handle them all.

Sorry no photograph of that particular part

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Star Reloaders / Re: Chevron case feeder
« on: January 04, 2006, 10:33:18 pm »
I certainly know the name but I'm not sure exactly which case feeder this was.  Large drum maybe?

They were for use with a Star if memory serves but the Freeloader pretty much put them out of business.  The Freeloader was a funnel system costing about 1/8th of a Chevron and worked better.

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Star History / Re: Star Straightline owner
« on: January 04, 2006, 03:31:57 pm »
The primer feed was a rectangular piece of brass.  Three sided.  Open topped.  The weight was connected by a chain to a small part at the back of the primer feed.  The weight kept pressure on the rear of the primer mechanism.  This forced the first primer in the feed to the priming station. 

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Star History / Re: Star Straightline owner
« on: January 04, 2006, 12:51:26 pm »
The chain had a weight on one end and the other end was attached to the primer system.  This is how a primer was pulled forward to the priming station. 

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Star History / Re: Star Straightline owner
« on: January 03, 2006, 10:26:36 pm »
Some straightlines of that era, including the Star straightline, used what by today's standards was a weird full length resizing die.  The case went into the gun.  To get it out as the case rose up a rod pushed down on the inside of the case to force it back out.  Weird.  There was no conventional shell holder at the full length resizing station.

You machine use this odd kind of full length resizing?  I've seen it on a couple pistol progressives, including the Star straightline, but I've never see it used on a rifle case.

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Star History / Re: Star Straightline owner
« on: January 01, 2006, 07:59:23 pm »
eaglemike is the name of the fellow with the star straightline parts I think.

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Star History / Re: Wemco Williams Star Reloader
« on: January 01, 2006, 07:57:35 pm »
Not familiar with that one.  I was never interested in the companies who built just accessories and particularly not interested in anyone who made an automatic indexer.  I don't remember this company.  Sorry.

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Star History / Re: Wemco Williams Star Reloader
« on: January 01, 2006, 06:16:41 pm »
I don't know what a Wemco William Star reloader is?  You can e-mail me at [no e-mail]@.com or call at 928-714-9484.

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Star History / Re: Star Straightline owner
« on: January 01, 2006, 06:15:43 pm »
The picture in Sharpe's book pretty well matched the one I owned.  But there is a fellow here who was working for Star when they went under and I think he said that he had enough parts to make ten or so more.  Hopefully you can contact him about missing pieces.

I never heard of a Star straightline in a rifle caliber.

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Star Reloaders / Re: The Perfect Progressive
« on: December 29, 2005, 12:26:20 pm »
I sold my press collection to Ron Peterson Guns in Albuquerque.  I think that he may still have a lot of them.  If you call, the only person to talk to would be Ron and that might be hard as I think his wife is very sick.  Still Ron may well have one if you are inclined to press until you reach him.  Tell him Ken Walters suggested calling.

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