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billwnr

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Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« on: June 13, 2020, 07:37:08 pm »
I'm setting a Star up to lube some .38 caliber bullets and am getting too much lube coming out.  Some comes out in a glob in front of the bullet nose.  I plugged a row of holes but in hindsight I think I plugged the wrong row.  I plugged the bottom row and now think it was the top row that needs plugged. Doing this to match the bearing length of the bullet.

If anyone wants to give me a refresher course on setting up for a new bullet I'm all ears.

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2020, 12:54:45 am »
Go to www(dot)magmaengineering(dot)com and go to "manuals"
You can downloade the manual for the sizer.

Good  Shooting

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2020, 10:08:03 am »
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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 12:39:14 pm »
I thought the Star was a nose first sizer?   Or is it both.  I know when I used it earlier I sized nose first.   I know that sizing nose first I don't need a lot of different shaped rods for different noses.

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2020, 02:36:33 pm »
Greetings,

Greasing nose first is fine for casual shooting.

Greasing base first is desirable for match ammo as the bullet is aligned by both the leade in the die and the nose punch. The action of greasing/sizing does not damage the base.

Cheers,

Dave

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2020, 05:38:23 pm »
Thanks for the input Dave.

Found out the bullet I was lubing had so short of a bearing surface that I kept getting lube in areas I didn't want.  Eventually went to an RCBS manual luber.  I sure do like the speed of poking bullets in the Star.  Back when I used it before I was shooting 180 grain .38's.  This time I'm lubing 150 grain 38's.  I guess the 30 grain difference called for a shorter bearing surface, hence the difficulty I was getting in lining everything up correctly.

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2020, 08:26:42 pm »
Greetings,

If the bullet is a single grease groove, just plug the upper two rows of die holes with Lead shot.

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Dave

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2020, 10:47:51 pm »
it's got two rows Dave and I had a hard time lining them up.  Then I quit.

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2020, 07:30:50 pm »
I rethought the bullets I wanted to lube on the Star.  Switched from one with skinny lube grooves to a Keith style 358429 and alignment was lots easier.  I lubed 300 bullets in 21 minutes.  Works real quick.

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2020, 01:11:45 pm »
I haven't added lube to my Star since before my casting/shooting break.  I'm wondering, does the Start take solid lube tubes or hollow?  Looking down the top of the top of the tube I'd say it's solid tubes.  Am I correct.

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2020, 07:36:05 pm »
Greetings,

The Star Greaser uses Solid sticks to the best advantage.

Hollow ones 'can' be used in a pinch; but, you will get the annoying 'pop' of trapped air released as you progress.

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Dave

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Re: Using a Star Luber after a 10 year break
« Reply #11 on: Today at 12:51:16 am »
Greetings,

The Star Greaser uses Solid sticks to the best advantage.

Hollow ones 'can' be used in a pinch; but, you will get the annoying 'pop' of trapped air released as you progress.

Cheers,

Dave


Dave,  I'm glad you gave me instructions when you sold me the Star luber appx 11 years ago.  Lube ran out today and I had to figure out how to remove the innards to load another lube stick.  Back in business and I had some solid sticks.