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Star Reloaders / Re: Charge bar confusion
« Last post by Wmterry89 on December 15, 2018, 09:46:50 am »
Thanks for the reply.

 Iíll probably wil sit down and measure how much each one throws and keep the ones that work for me.

I may re-stamp them accordingly if theyíre way off.

Edit:
I checked them and the 4, 3.7, and the 2.8 are correct and measure +/- .1

The 3.2 and 3. were 4.8 and 4.6

The 3 (no decimal) was 2.7
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Star Reloaders / Do Not Buy - eBay
« Last post by rbwillnj on December 15, 2018, 09:25:17 am »
Once again, an eBay seller is parting out a machine and selling the crank shaft assembly and base with column separately, so once again I will remind everyone that these parts are uniquely matched.   The crank shaft assembly from one machine will not fit and work properly on another machine.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works LLC
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Star Reloaders / Re: Charge bar confusion
« Last post by rbwillnj on December 15, 2018, 09:19:07 am »
1.) When Star produced powder slides they would drill a certain size hole then use a Taper Pin Reamer  to enlarge the hole to get the desired charge.  So, all of the holes are tapered.  Usually the large end is at the top of the slide, sometimes its on the bottom.   Your hole measurements have to take this into account.

2.) It was common practice for users to modify powder slides to get the charge they wanted.  Sometimes its obvioius that it's been modified, sometimes not, so you can never really trust the charge weight marked on the slide.


3.)  In my experiance, Bullseye powder slides always throw 0.2-0.4 grains more than marked.   This might be due to lot variation, but I think the powder has changed over the years.

4.)  All powders vary lot to lot.  The manufactures say up to 16%, though I have not found the variation to be that great.   Typically you can expect a +/- 0.1 grain variation from lot to lot.   So you really do have to manually check your charges periodically.

5.)  What we produce now, in all four sizes (0, 00, 1/2" & 5/8") are powder slides that use interchangeable bushings and we custom make bushing for the charge of your choice.  We use the published density for each powder (VMD) to calculate the hole size, so keep #4 in mind.

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Star Reloaders / Charge bar confusion
« Last post by Wmterry89 on December 15, 2018, 08:55:00 am »
Iíve recently dug out all my fathers Star reloaders and accessories and the powder charge bars are a bit confusing.
Iím assuming that B.E.=Bullseye and No. 231= Winchester 231
But the GR numbers and hole sizes are all over the place:

BE 4. GR-.326
BE 3.7 GR-.319
BE 3.2 GR-.362
BE 3. GR-.350x.355(hole is oblong)
BE 3 GR-.269
BE 2.8 GR-.276
No231 1.7 GR-.198



Iíd rather not manually check the charge weights for each one but I will if I have to. Hoping someone can shed some light on this.
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Star History / Re: Were Star's every made in 32 S&W Long or 38 S&W?
« Last post by fc60 on December 14, 2018, 04:12:58 pm »
Greetings,

I think a custom 44-40 plate has been made, also.

Cheers,

Dave
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Star History / Re: Were Star's every made in 32 S&W Long or 38 S&W?
« Last post by FOR_Star on December 14, 2018, 01:05:10 am »
From Bruce's recent post regarding shell plates:

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NYKenn's list above is correct except that 40 S&W does not always fit in a 9MM/38 ACP Shell Plate.   For years I used a 9MM shell plate for 40 S&W, but I have since encountered a number of 9MM/38 ACP shell plates that would not work with 40 S&W.  The specs for the two shell plates ARE slightly different and Star did make separate 10 MM shell plate.

Add #12, a separate 10 MM shell plate to the list.
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Star Reloaders / Re: shell plates
« Last post by GeraldChainsaw on December 11, 2018, 03:11:19 pm »
Bruce,  i understand diameter & centers,   especially for setting the primer,   dumb question on my part
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Star Reloaders / Re: shell plates
« Last post by rbwillnj on December 11, 2018, 08:34:20 am »
NYKenn's list above is correct except that 40 S&W does not always fit in a 9MM/38 ACP Shell Plate.   For years I used a 9MM shell plate for 40 S&W, but I have since encountered a number of 9MM/38 ACP shell plates that would not work with 40 S&W.  The specs for the two shell plates ARE slightly different and Star did make separate 10 MM shell plate.   

Gerry,   The purpose of the shell plate is to hold the case in the proper position for sizing and other operations.  In addition to the dimensions of the cut out for holding the cases, shell plates for each caliber are a different diameter which allows you to ensure the cases are fully seated in the shell plate by adjusting the shell locator straps.

Just because you can fit a 44 case in a 45 ACP shell plate or a 30 Carbine in a 38 Special shell plate doesn't mean the shell plate is functioning as it should. 
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Star Reloaders / Re: shell plates
« Last post by NYKenn on December 10, 2018, 04:34:18 pm »
Possibly there may be some more, but from previous posts,

 .32 Long, 32 Magnum

 .32 ACP,  30 Carbine

 .380, .223,  38 Super Comp.

 .9mm, 38 ACP, 38 Super, 40 S&W

 .38 Special, 357 Magnum

 .44 Special, 44 Magnum
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Star Reloaders / shell plates
« Last post by GeraldChainsaw on December 10, 2018, 04:28:57 pm »
can any tell me,  what shell plates can be used for the diff calibers,  some plates will hold diff calibers,  like the 45 will also take 44 mag,  the 38 will take 30 cal carbine,  is there a full list?,  thanks   jerry
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