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Star Reloaders / Re: Star-made shell plates
« Last post by rbwillnj 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
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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: MA SYSTEMS ROTO-EZE
« Last post by Lifetyme on June 30, 2018, 08:10:53 pm »
I have a spare new indexer but do I want to part with it?. MA System products were the best made.


Tony.  Sure you do.   8)
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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: MA SYSTEMS ROTO-EZE
« Last post by tony barone on June 30, 2018, 04:05:40 pm »
I have a spare new indexer but do I want to part with it?. MA System products were the best made.
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Star Reloaders / Re: Star-made shell plates
« Last post by FOR_Star on June 30, 2018, 12:48:17 pm »
Thanks Dave and Bob.

Well, I'm not thinking of cranking up a faux-Star production line.

I am 'dangerously' mechanically-minded enough to be curious about how Star made these great machines the we hold in such reverence.

In the way modern-day progressives are constructed, I would guess that a 2018 Star-like tool head would be made from an alloy of Aluminum.  Maybe sleeved for less wear in the center bore.  Wonder how such an aluminum part would hold up compared the the original all iron/steel?

Oh well, just wandering thoughts.
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Star Reloaders / Shell Plate material
« Last post by fc60 on June 30, 2018, 12:06:29 pm »
Greetings,

Regarding the shell plate material, I do not know what Star purchased; but, I have two shell plates stamped "O1" which suggests O-1 Tool Steel.

You can buy tool steel, A-2, O-1, O-2, A-10, ect. in round bars. For a reasonable fee, the vendor will cut them into slices for you.

I doubt they were cast items. It would only add expense.

Cheers,

Dave
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Star Reloaders / Re: Star-made shell plates
« Last post by fc60 on June 30, 2018, 11:59:13 am »
Greetings,

Neverning done any casting, other than bullets.

I have machined Nodular Cast Iron parts for hydraulic cylinders. They cut very well with flake chips, no stringers. After about 50 parts, your hands absorb some of the Iron and stay red for several days.

I have machined the taper crimp station on the Star tool heads and, again, it machines well.

With cheap castings, you take a chance of getting a ball bearing in the material. Reeks havoc on your turning insert!!!

If Mr. Cunningham was planning to outsource to Communist China, Bruce Williams saved the Company from shame just in time.

Cheers,

Dave
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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB: MA SYSTEMS ROTO-EZE
« Last post by Lifetyme on June 30, 2018, 03:21:59 am »
Hi Lindy.

I went through my mail today and saw that your envelope had arrived a few days ago.

I appreciate it very much that you took the time to copy and mail the drawings, etc. to me.

Next time I am heading North, which may be in a few weeks as I need to drive past you and look at a Monarch 10EE ;D, I'd like to buy you lunch and talk about Star machines.

Thanks again.

Best regards.

Bob
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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTS: Star 38 ACP (38Super) die set
« Last post by Lifetyme on June 30, 2018, 03:04:54 am »
Steve here... I have an original set of Star 38 ACP marked dies for sale, with  the boxes. I am selling  them as used but they appear unused.
$250 shipped Priority mail. Paypal or  postal MO
Thank you for looking

Hi Steve.

I'll take them.

PM coming.

Best regards.

Bob
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Star Reloaders / Re: Universal Press Pricing Question
« Last post by Lifetyme on June 30, 2018, 02:15:04 am »
Greetings,

Go to eBay and search for Star Reloader.

Then click on the Completed Items or Sold items.

They range from $400.00 to $1000.00. Bidding fluctuated based on how much alcohol the Bidder has consumed.

Also consider add-ons such as the Hulme Case feeder.

Cheers,

Dave

Dave has come up with an explanation for eBay price variations that makes sense.

Best regards.

Bob
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Star Reloaders / Re: Star-made shell plates
« Last post by Lifetyme on June 30, 2018, 12:44:35 am »
Very interesting stuff.

So you think the tool head molds went off to China and never came back

I don't know.  I never heard anything about the moulds being missing until today.  A story going around was that an attempt had been made to manufacture in China and that it ended badly.  I don't have any first hand knowledge but was just theorizing how the moulds went from in Pioneer, CA to missing.

I'll leave it to the machinists here with more talent I have to answer your other questions.

Best Regards.

Bob
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