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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.



Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: need Taper Crimp Die in .44mag
« on: March 31, 2018, 12:30:52 pm »
I have a 44 Taper Crimp Die in stock.   I also have a beautiful Redding Profile Crimp die with the Star 11/16-24 thread.

1/2" or 5/8"?  depends on your charge, but you can probably get by with 1/2" for 44 Special.  For 44 Magnum I would definitely go 5/8" unless you plan to shoot powder puff loads.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works

Setting up a new to me machine in .44mag. It came with .44 special dies so I should be close to what I need?
Can I use a 1/2" powder slide or should I plan on getting a 5/8".
Any other problems I might run into?
The hole for the taper crimp is the star threaded type.

Star Reloaders / Re: .357 on a Progressive ?
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:24:06 am »
Yes, you can load .357 on a Progressive.   

You will probably need a Magnum length Expander (shorter).  The 38 Special Expander will probably interfere with the powder slide when raised enough to load .357 Magnum.  Depends on the machine.

If you will be loading full Magnum loads, you will want a 1/2" powder slide and either a set of spacers or a 1/2" powder slide housing.

If you have a case feeder, you will want an M3A top plate for the Magnum length cases.

You may want a different seating stem for you seating die depending on the bullet.

I can help with all of the above

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works

PS  The powder slides I offer use interchangeable bushings, so I can do pretty much any charge you like.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: CASE FEEDER
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:21:37 pm »
I have both new and used ones available.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Rebuilt Powder Magazines
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:44:54 pm »

Star Reloaders / Re: Video, Bullet feeder on a Star
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:03:43 pm »