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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Should I Stick With Star?
« Last post by rkittine on January 08, 2021, 08:44:53 am »
I currently only have one Star Press which is a Progressive set up for .32 S&W Long. I now want to set up for .45 and .38 SWC and WC. Donít need any other high volume pistol reloaders. What do you suggest:

A rebuilt Star Universal by Star Machine in NJ
A used Star Universal from someone here!
A brand new Dillon?


Thanks Bob
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Is this still available? What is the price of the reloaded?
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Star Reloaders / Re: Detent Ball - How much spring tension?
« Last post by FOR_Star on January 01, 2021, 04:37:27 pm »
See picture of Plug (#54) screwed in until it stopped with zero torque.

I backed it out a quarter turn and readied it to reload some more.

Thanks for all the replies.
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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading Hi-Tek coated bullets
« Last post by rbwillnj on December 30, 2020, 09:04:40 pm »
I believe that somewhere in the Star literature it mentions mounting the reloader rotated counter-clockwise a bit so you can reach around an place the bullet a little easier.  My machines are mounted so the bronze primer assembly is at about 3:15 O'Clock.  This also gives me a little better leverage on the standard Star crankshaft handle.   Might not work so well if you are using a roller handle.

Bruce
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Star Reloaders / Re: Detent Ball - How much spring tension?
« Last post by rbwillnj on December 30, 2020, 08:58:56 pm »
That's unusual, but as I said it wouldn't hurt anything if you didn't screw it in that far.


Thanks for the info.
FWIW, this Universal circa 1979, when the plug is screwed in until it stops (0 torque), the top of the plug is about 1/4" below the steel base bottom. (NOT proud ["UNPROUD"], recessed in the hole]

HNY
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Star Reloaders / Re: Detent Ball - How much spring tension?
« Last post by FOR_Star on December 30, 2020, 03:01:57 pm »
Thanks for the info.
FWIW, this Universal circa 1979, when the plug is screwed in until it stops (0 torque), the top of the plug is about 1/4" below the steel base bottom. (NOT proud ["UNPROUD"], recessed in the hole]

HNY
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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading Hi-Tek coated bullets
« Last post by Humbo on December 30, 2020, 02:48:21 pm »
Hey FOR_Star,
That's right, I purchased quick change plates for all my Stars. I believe Dan had the template already, or I sent it to him, I don't quite remember. But anyway, I like to operate my Stars turned a little sideways to easier seat bullets, so I drilled new holes. They work very well, I have no complaints. Dan makes excellent stuff.

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Star Reloaders / Re: Detent Ball - How much spring tension?
« Last post by rbwillnj on December 29, 2020, 11:16:10 pm »
As Dave says, just screw it in until it binds or stops.   On most machines the brass plug when screwed in as far as it goes, will sit proud of the steel base.  It won't hurt anything if you don't screw it in that far.  You don't need much tension on the spring.   Just keep the hole clean so the ball travels freely.   Be careful not to scratch up the sides of the hole.

Bruce Williams
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Star Reloaders / Re: Detent Ball - How much spring tension?
« Last post by fc60 on December 29, 2020, 07:43:05 pm »
Greetings,

I may be wrong; but, I screw the brass plug in until I feel it start to bind.

I "think" the tapped hole has incomplete threads for this purpose.

Hopefully, Bruce will respond as he has more experience than me.

Cheers,

Dave
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Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Re: Loading Hi-Tek coated bullets
« Last post by FOR_Star on December 29, 2020, 07:27:42 pm »
I have been loading Hitek bullets on my Stars, and have had zero problems. You need to apply a little more bell to the case mouth than when loading jacketed or naked lead bullets in order to protect the coating. Here you can see me load some 44-40 with Hitek-coated bullets.

https://youtu.be/rOdlFX9a1HE

Hey Humbo,

Do you have your Star on an Inline Fabrication Ultramount?  If so, did you have to get it custom made?  How do you like it?

Thanks,
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