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I have them, shell plates too.

Bruce Williams

Star Reloaders / Re: Part Identification
« on: November 05, 2018, 09:56:42 am »
Sorry Steve,  I think it's long gone.


If you find it i'll buy that one too. They work nice

Thanks Steve,

I think I did have one like that come in a while back, but it wasn't in very good condition, so I think I pitched it.


Star Reloaders / Re: Part Identification
« on: November 04, 2018, 06:44:28 pm »
Thanks Steve,

I think I did have one like that come in a while back, but it wasn't in very good condition, so I think I pitched it.


Star Reloaders / Part Identification
« on: November 04, 2018, 03:39:10 pm »
Can anyone identify the parts in the picture.   I have two sets, they didn't come to me at the same time, or even together, so I don't know if the two different parts are related or not.   I am pretty sure however that they are Star related.   I assumed they were parts from some sort of indexer, but I'm not sure about that either.

Bruce Williams

I think they may have been made by several companies.  I don't believe that any I have encountered had a name or label on them, but my notes indicate that the one pictured below was made by Capital(?).

They fit on Phelps Reloaders and older Star reloaders with the one piece aluminum base.   They require modification in order to be used on later (post 1962) Star reloaders with the two piece aluminum base.

Not shown in the pictures, there is a long set screw that replaces the square head bolt that clamps the operating handle.   Attached to that set-screw is a tab with the other end of the wire attached.   When the handle is pulled, it pulls on the wire that goes around the large pulley, activating the indexer tab which pushes the cartridge from the seating station to the taper crimp station.   

There is a spiral clockwork spring under the big pully which is often broken.   I have seen a number of these where the owner has added a coiled spring to compensate for the broken clockwork spring.

These indexers cause the same wear to the steel base as a Brewster or Hoyer Indexer, but in a different location.

Bruce Williams

Have to pull them out of the box, but I have a bunch of those.


Star Reloaders / Re: Identify this part?
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:05:06 am »
I will have to pull one out for comparison, but it looks like part of an MA Systems Roto-Eaze indexer.

Bruce Williams

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTS Star Universal in .223
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:10:15 pm »
This is a fully rebuilt and refinished Star Universal with a Dillon Super Star kit for loading .223

The price is $1200 plus shipping.   Let me know if you have any questions.  Please respond by email or phone.  Contact information is on the business card below.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTS Star Lubesizer Dies
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:39:25 am »
Moved to the Cast Boolets forum in Swappin and Sellin

Star Reloaders / Re: Bullet feeder
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:33:54 pm »
I have never done it, but I seem to recall a guy on eBay who sold an adapter to use with the Lee bullet feeder on a Star.  I donít see it listed right now, and I have no idea if it actually worked.


Star Reloaders / Re: Convert STAR Progressive to load 9mm ?
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:21:08 am »
The steel base of a Star Progressive is a smaller diameter than a Star Universal.   Most 9MM shell plates won't actually fit on a Star Progressive.  Larger calibers definitely won't fit.   Also, the Progressive is designed to drop the finished round out the bottom, and there is no place to remove a loaded round from the side.   Since the 9MM round is rimless, it is held in the shell plate by its extractor groove, and cannot drop out the bottom of the machine.

You could machine the rim of the steel base so a 9MM shell plate would fit, and you could machine the rim of the steel base so the finished round could be extracted from the side.  You would also need to come up with a base plug that would fit the Progressive, and a way to hold it in place.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works LLC

Star Reloaders / Re: Star-made shell plates
« on: July 01, 2018, 10:27:29 am »
Not to worry, I have plenty of tool heads, both reconditioned and new, so I don't think I will need to cast and machine any new ones.  However, I do have Star's jigs and fixtures for machining them.

I believe the molds for the tool heads and crank shaft bearings were sent to a foundry in Tijuana which had a sales office in San Diego.   I got in contact with the company and they did locate the pattern (mold) for the crankshaft bearing, but have not found the pattern for the tool head yet.   Although I'd like to have it, I can't see needing it anytime soon.  I have lots of tool heads new and old, and it's more cost effective to recondition a used tool head than cast and machine a new one.

Best Regards,
Bruce Williams

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTS Lee Case Feeder Adapters
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:09:50 am »
See Revisions to the original listing.   I am now selling only the complete system with the Lee Case Feeder and Collator because Lee has discontinued the Large Pistol Case Feeder.

Iíll give you a call on Saturday,  or you can call me.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works

Scott Clark here.
I have an older Star .38 spl (NOT a Universal tool) which I would like to convert to 9mm.  Do you have or make all the parts I would need for that?  I also have a relatively new  Universal tool- would you know where I can get a complete conversion to 9mm for it if the older tool would not work out?
Scott Clark
(760) 937-3295<br [no [no e-mail]

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: need Taper Crimp Die in .44mag
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:46:32 pm »
The Redding Profile Crimp die is a Roll Crimp Die, and it is the better choice for 44 Magnum.

From Redding:

"These handgun cartridge crimp dies were designed for those who want the best possible crimp. Profile crimp dies provide a tighter, more uniform roll type crimp, and requires the bullet to be seated to the correct depth in a previous  operation.  These dies are not for cartridges that headspace on the case mouth. "

I have extra 44 Seating dies also.


The Taper Crimp die works well for light loads.

For heavy loads consider buying a second seating die to use for roll crimping at the last station.