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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by johnfreeman on Yesterday at 08:47:23 am »
Fascinating bits of reloading history. Thank you all for sharing them.
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Star Reloaders / Re: Powder Measure
« Last post by fc60 on February 27, 2021, 03:42:57 pm »
Greetings,

Dillon, there may be other brands, has a case actuated powder dispensing system.

One of the reasons folks have moved to the Star.

The Star dispenser is remarkably consistent. Especially with very small charges of powder. i.e. 1.25 grain of TiteWAD.

Cheers,

Dave
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Star Reloaders / Powder Measure
« Last post by Bryan Marino on February 26, 2021, 02:29:57 pm »
I am new to Star reloaders, just bought my first progressive. It seems to me if someone were to come up with a case-activated powder measure for the Star it would be very popular? Just a thought!  ;D
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Star Reloaders / MOVED: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by starrel on February 17, 2021, 12:22:51 am »
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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by rbwillnj on February 15, 2021, 02:33:27 pm »
Kenn,   I think your 1909 birthdate is more plausible than the D&B reported birth date of 1926 which would have meant Elard was 13 when he joined Star.   Not impossible for a relative of CR Peterson in those days, but not likely.  I know he passed away in 1996 and had spent some time in a nursing home prior to that.

Elsewhere it has been reported that Elard worked for Star for 57 years.   That would line up fairly closely with a join date of 1939 depending of course on the length of time he spent in the nursing home.
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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by NYKenn on February 15, 2021, 12:32:09 pm »
Also spelled Ellard.

I noted a related family history associated with a Mary Hambaugh of Colorado where Elard was born.
It notes he was a resident of Sam Diego and earning a living as a machinist.
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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by NYKenn on February 15, 2021, 12:03:57 pm »
Bruce

Had found a listing of an Elard G. Mock of San Diego, CA, that was born 08/09/1907, and passed away 02/10/1996.

May be a different person, but not sure how many persons were named Elard. It is somewhat unique.
(Have also seen it spelled Elord)

Puts him more into the date range of the patent.



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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by rbwillnj on February 14, 2021, 09:25:44 am »
The picture below is from the May 1934 issue of American Rifleman.  I had never noticed it before, but after seeing the powder shut off in the above pictures, I think this machine, which is even earlier, also has a powder shut off. 
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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by rbwillnj on February 13, 2021, 09:48:08 pm »
Should probably put this in the Star History section, but further to the above, I have a Dun & Bradstreet Report from 1979 which states Elard Mock was born in 1926 and went to work with Clarence Peterson at Star in 1939.   He along with Willis (Bill) Brenizer bought the company from Clarence Peterson (50/50 partners) in 1954.
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Star History / Re: Powder Shut-Off
« Last post by rbwillnj on February 12, 2021, 09:18:56 pm »
I suspect you are right Kenn, but we will never know.    We have heard that Elard Mock didn't like powder shut offs, but I think these machines might pre-date Elard at Star.  He was Clarence Peterson's nephew and he would have been pretty young in 1933 when the patent was filed. 

These are very early machines.  The machining is crude compared to even later Pat Pending machines.  Some of the parts like the Rocker Arm and Angle Lever look almost hand made.   The pictured rocker arm is from the machine above and on the other side it is stamped with the same number that was stamped on the base.

Bruce Williams
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