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Star Reloaders / Re: charge bars
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:03:31 PM »
They fit as shown in the third picture, but the rifle machine and 223 pistol machine use a Rifle tool head which differs in several ways from a standard tool head. 

Interesting, Bruce.
The reference marks on the adjustable powder bars are a handy addition.
Where do the parts above the charge bars in pic #2 fit on the machines?

Star Reloaders / Re: charge bars
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:04:21 AM »
The Dillon SuperStar conversion kit for loading .223 on a Star Universal included a 5/8" adjustable powder slide.   I have a Super Star Kit and have used it to drop 22-25 grain charges for .223.

Star Rifle and Star .223 Pistol machines have a totally different powder charging system.

Star Reloaders / Re: charge bars
« on: January 15, 2018, 01:16:48 PM »
The Nominal measurements for Star powder slides is as follows:

All powder slides have a nominal width of 5/8" and a nominal length of 4 1/2"

"0"  Powder Slides are 1/4" thick

"00" Powder Slides are 5/16" thick

1/2" Powder Slides are 1/2" thick

5/8" Powder Slides are 5/8" thick

Star never used the terms 000 and 0000 so far as I have seen.  Those are terms that Rich Daniels used for the 1/2" and 5/8" powder slides respectively.

The very earliest Star reloaders used a  powder slide that was smaller than a "0" powder slide.


I buy Star Universals, so I may be interested, give me a call.

The shell plates are not Star, not sure who manufactured them, but I'm thinking maybe they are from a Dillon 1050.   Star shell plates only have six holes and six shell openings.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: MA systems bullet feeder
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:15:17 PM »
Lindy, I'm guessing you uploaded your video to YouTube as a Private video, which means only you can see it.   If you upload it as an unlisted video and post the link here, we should all be able to see it.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Sale of tool
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:22:46 PM »
PM Sent

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: question
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:02:54 PM »

But if you need a 45 ACP shell plate, I have plenty, including some distressed ones that you can have at a very reasonable price.

hi all,   what i want to know is,  with the right dies can u reload 45acp using a 44 mag shell plate?

Star Reloaders / Re: difference
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:35:12 PM »
J Danielsson,

Take a look at this earlier discussion,1686.msg6973.html#msg6973

Hello! New member here, starting with beeing a smartass. I have a progressive of unknown age. Previous owner bought .32 s&w l dies in 1980, while visiting San Diego. These are the only ones I use nowadays and it is working flawlessly. I am ridicilously satisfied with the machinery and happy to be a member here.

Star Reloaders / Re: difference
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:46:11 AM »
Yes, it can be confusing on eBay, that's why you need to pay attention to the pictures.

Keep in mind that Universal and Progressive are model names, but both are progressives (small p).

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: difference
« on: November 20, 2017, 09:45:24 AM »
Like he said, the opposite  (we were posting at the same time)

If it has Shell Locator Straps it's a Universal and can be used for multiple calibers.   If it does not have shell locator straps it's a Progressive and can only be used for 38 Special and .357 Magnum.

Adding some pictures for new users who really don't know what Shell Locator Straps are.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: difference
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:24:44 PM »
The most visible difference is the absence of #79U Shell Locator Straps on Progressives.  One of the least noticeable, but most significant differences is the diameter of the Steel Base.  The diameter of the Progressives steel base is 4" and is too small to accommodate shell plates used for most calibers. 

Bruce Williams

Star Lubricator & Resizers / MOVED: difference
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:18:19 PM »

Star Reloaders / Re: Star-made shell plates
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:57:19 PM »
I have one 45 Auto Rim shell plate that is blued.  It looks to be original Star, but I have no idea if the bluing was done by Star, or at a later time.

The Dillon 223 SuperStar shell plates were blued.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: Changing powder slides
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:08:24 PM »
+1 for removing the tool head to change the powder slide or powder bushings.

Star Reloaders / Re: MA or Brewster indexer?
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:07:13 PM »
All of the Hoyer's that have crossed my path have all been aluminum not steel.  They have also been marked Hoyer.

Bruce Williams