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Messages - Kenneth L. Walters

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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB Hensley Gibbs # 73
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:21:40 am »
Ballisti-Cast 673 would be the same thing of course.  And they will be reintroducing the 10-cavity mould again.

Star Reloaders / Re: CPM Reloaders - Looking For Information
« on: March 30, 2012, 09:59:56 pm »
Sold my Star straightline to Ron Peterson of Ron Peterson Guns in Albuquerque.  You might call and ask him (and only him) if he still has that.

Star Reloaders / Re: Star vs. Dillon
« on: March 30, 2012, 09:58:21 pm »

I have a NOS in the box (1984) Green Machine which I bought on a lark and
still haven't opened it.  Stuck on Stars.
You have made several sets of dies for me and if you think you could duplicate
the Green Machine part I would happily take it off my machine and send it to you.
Just let me know.

Semper Fi
Las Vegas, NV

Having owned a couple Green Machines I should know better, but if you are interested in selling it let me know.

Star Reloaders / Re: CPM Reloaders - Looking For Information
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:01:54 am »
I can still remember driving to Knoxville to go to Gil Hebard's.  That had to be in the late 60's.  That is 40+ years ago.  Gil had to be in his 40's back then so that would put him well into his 80's now.  I'm surprised that he is still in business.

Star Reloaders / Re: CPM Reloaders - Looking For Information
« on: March 28, 2012, 09:08:02 pm »
Gil Hebard was up there in years when I was young.  That was a very long time ago.  You sure that he is still alive.

Ron Peterson of Ron Peterson Guns in Albuquerque bought my press collection about 15 years ago.  I doubt that he sold the more unusual models.  You might call him and see if he still has my CPM.  If you do call, be sure to talk to Ron.  The store clerks will not know what you are talking about.

Star Reloaders / Re: CPM Reloaders - Looking For Information
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:14:47 pm »
Clyde Products Manufacturing was trying to make an improved Star.  Personally I think that they succeeded.  Few were made.  Even when they were in production getting spare parts was all but impossible.  They were made in Clyde Ohio and later in Norwalk.  I think that someone here was actually involved in their production.\

CPM also was the first to manufacturer what RCBS now calls the Piggyback, a way to turn a single stage press into a progressive.  Between the time when they announced their new product and when they might have actually started production, Dillon threatened them with a lawsuit and they stopped.

Star Reloaders / Re: Star vs. Dillon
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:26:41 am »
I seriously doubt that anyone loved the Star's more than I did.  Did business with the company for more than 20 years.  Had every commercial model they ever offered including a straightline.  Also had a couple duplicates and most of the copies like the Phelps, Berdon and CPM.  But today I wouldn't recommend buying a Star except as a collector's item.

Part of the problem is just that time has past them buy.  The Dillon RL550 and the RCBS Pro 2000 are just better machines. The design is simplier, better and less expensive.   Personally I prefer the RCBS over the Dillon but both are excellent.  And both are still in production so parts aren't a problem.

The Star is most similar, I think, to the Dillon RL550.  It doesn't have automatic case indexing and it is certainly nothing like the 1050.

Star Reloaders / Re: Super Star reloader
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:13:33 pm »
Got the pictures.  That is definitely NOT a Super Star.  I haven't seen a Star rifle machine in 15 years or so but I think that that is what this is.  Unfortunately, however, I don't remember the difference between the extremely rare Star rifle machine and the Star 223/pistol machine.

Several years ago I sent all my photographs to
they could undoubtedly come up with pictures of all the Star models to confirm that this is a true rifle unit.

Star Reloaders / Re: Super Star reloader
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:44:43 pm »

As mentioned in my email, what you have is a Star Rifle Machine, not a SuperStar.   We are all very envious

I'm a bit confused.  Does he have one of the two Star rifle machines or a Dillon Super Star kit that has been put on a Star pistol machine?

More decades ago than I can now remember I wrote a review of the Dillon Super Star kit for either Gun Digest or Handloader's Digest.  That, of course, was Mike's first product.  And it is the one pictured in the flyer.  I also owned both a true Star rifle machine and the Star 223/pistol unit, which were very different machines.

« on: January 31, 2012, 11:10:17 am »
I had an early RL 1000.  Never liked it.  Didn't like the primer pocket swage.  And thought that the machine was just difficult to use compared to a Star.

« on: January 29, 2012, 11:07:43 am »
Unfortunately, I think, Star's have had their day.  Certainly there is absolutely nothing wrong with the current RCBS Pro 2000 or the Dillon 550 and they are far more versatile, cost less and parts and factory service are readily available.  I loved the Star.  Think that I had at least one of every model they made.  But time has, unfortunately, just past them by.

I doubt that the brand can be saved and the current owner certainly hasn't helped.  If someone like Magma took them over that would be the best thing that could happen.

The relationship will Dillon was an interesting one but, ultimately, it resulted in two products that didn't do all that well, the Super Star Kit and the RL1000.  True this got Dillon started but he almost went bankrupt.  If he hadn't thought of the design of the RL300 Dillon precision would have folded years ago.

The Dillon design was a far better machine but I don't think Dillon killed off Star.  Star never advertised and when the original owners died things just fell apart.  I really wish that Star had passed to someone really interested in preserving the company and the quality but that just didn't happen.

Star Reloaders / Re: B&g mounting base
« on: January 08, 2012, 04:26:23 pm »
I haven't seen one of those in at least 15 years.  I loved mine but I don't think many were made and I don't think that they were popular.

Star Reloaders / Re: Star Progressive reloader
« on: January 08, 2012, 04:25:23 pm »
I have two Star Universals ready for sale, and will soon have a couple Star Progressives ready for sale.   I will email pictures of the Star Universals.


What are you getting for a Star these days?

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Brewster Indexer on GunBroker
« on: November 27, 2011, 07:25:24 pm »
Reviewed that decades ago.  Did significant damage as the case dragged across the surface underneath it as I recall.

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