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Thread: New Lube-Sizers

  1. #21
    Boolit Man
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    All the input is greatly appreciated. I will need to sit down and decide now.

    Thanks everyone!

  2. #22
    Boolit Master
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    It took me a long time, about 5-6 months to get my Star to put out good bullets. It is a very touchy machine. Once running, it does work like butter. Paying for a Star to size painted bullets is ludicrous. A Lee sizing die that screws into a reloading press is every bit as fast as a Star. If you just have to have it size down, you can buy a lee press, mount it upside down, and still be WAY cheaper than a Star sizer, and it will be easier to set up too.

  3. #23
    Boolit Buddy Burnt Fingers's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by megasupermagnum View Post
    It took me a long time, about 5-6 months to get my Star to put out good bullets. It is a very touchy machine. Once running, it does work like butter. Paying for a Star to size painted bullets is ludicrous. A Lee sizing die that screws into a reloading press is every bit as fast as a Star. If you just have to have it size down, you can buy a lee press, mount it upside down, and still be WAY cheaper than a Star sizer, and it will be easier to set up too.
    I traded for my Star, I used the NOE bushing on a press, the Star is much easier and quicker to use.
    NRA Benefactor.

  4. #24
    Boolit Bub
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    I have a Lyman 450, an RCBS lubimatic II and a Saeco/Redding. The Saeco/Redding is the best in my opinion but nothing is interchangeable with the other two in my lineup, so it's more expensive to use!

  5. #25
    Boolit Man
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    I never considered the Saeco. Is it as good as or better than the rest?

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    Boolit Bub HP9MM's Avatar
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    In a phone conversation with Veral Smith of LBT, he suggested that I buy an RCBS Lubeamatic as it is built better than the Lyman and has a lifetime warranty. Now I have sized about 7,000 bullets and I am glad of his suggestion.

  7. #27
    Boolit Master

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    In the past ive owned RCBS , lyman , Saeco all sold! . for the past 30 years I use only Star/ magnma eng L/S I have two of them and about 10% of the bullets I cast are gas ck pistol & rifle bullets . accuracy is excellent with plane base & gas ck bullets. I usually make between 5 to 10+K bullets a year

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    Boolit Buddy hermans's Avatar
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    I started off many years back with a Lyman, but sold it to get the RCBS which is very sturdy built, and loved it from day one!
    However, after some reading here.........I bought a Star, and have almost never used my RCBS since the day I got the Star dialed in. The Star is just fantastic, made to size high volumes of boolits with minimal effort, worth every penny!

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Springfield View Post
    Star. Not sure why it takes George so long to change dies in the Star. Pull the punch, pull the die with the tool, put in the die and re-install the punch.
    I coged on this question for a few days, and even did some hands-on with both a Lyman -- set up for .35 GC bullets -- and, a Star set up for .38 S&W Sp. wadcutters. I yield to Springfield and others, suspecting my slow-ness is due to my not have yet climbed too high on the learning curve of using a Star. An added variable for me is the (built in) electric heater, and I oft needed fuss with that's setting to not have liquid lub running out ("dun-that a few times") while filling all groves with lub. Hence, I'm kind of "editing" my comments (Post #10) that perhaps my favoring Lyman for short runs is based upon my not using the Star enough on different bullets. Truthfully, when I first got my first Star, I had a lonnng nightmare in spades getting it to lub and size perfectly. When accomplished, I agree there's probably not a machine which will do as well and as quickly. However -- here's MY big "but" -- from my ineptness at setting it up, perhaps, comes both my apprehension to change bullets, and -- having the three 450s -- each with a different lub in each -- my relative ease using these on short bullet runs.
    Hope this sort of makes some sense?
    geo

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    Boolit Buddy
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    I have a Lyman, RCBS, Saeco, and a Star. Only the Star gets used these days. I have Lathesmith dies for lubed bullets and NOE bushings for PC bullets. I may never use the other sizers again. Just get a Star.
    Thanks,
    Bill
    Idaho

  11. #31
    Boolit Buddy
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    I like my star but it seems fragile to me.

    I've had it for 6 months. Maybe 10,000 bullets sized and its broken the bullet feeder actuating bracket once and the other day I noticed the steel link between the ram and the handle had worn oval shapes in the holes for the circlip pin. The pin snapped and fell out.

    I did buy it with the intention of putting an air cylinder on it but won't now.

  12. #32
    Boolit Buddy
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    I have 3 Stars an RCBS and a Saeco. The Stars are used for 99% of my bullets. I only use the RCBS and Saeco for odd sized short runs that I don't have Star dies for.

  13. #33
    Boolit Buddy
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    I have nine Lyman lube sizers of various models.All set up with different lubes and dies.They work well for me.I can probably manage without a Star.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check