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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by Kurt » Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:50 pm

For the old Star you could order any type nose punch you wanted if you wanted to use gas checks. Zack is right with the penny on the die to seat the check then push it base first through the die. Even Star said it in the small instruction folder they sent with the unit. I think I still have it someplace. I used a electrical box knock out for doing this because it was smooth and flat.
Placing the check on the base loose and trying to seat it by pushing it through the die nose first is not the way to do this.
Herters used to make a gas check tool that would just crimp the check on the base so you could run it through nose first through your lube sizer.
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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by mdeland » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:11 pm

I see I'm not the only one that saves those electrical box punch out blanks. I use em to cover the die holes in my three sizer luber's and to square the die keep nut with the punch so as not to start it cross thread at die change.

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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by TexasMac » Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:28 pm

An update on using the Star lubrisizer for lubing BPCR bullets.

As noted earlier in this thread, I purchased the lubrisizer over a year ago & have used it a good bit since then. Although the unit works really well & is fast with most cast bullets for handguns & rifles it has some limitations & negatives when using it for BPCR. But first a few comments on how it functions.

Dies are purchased for the desired sizing diameter & lube groove spacing. The bullets are pushed through the die nose first with a flat end punch. Depending on the bullet diameter (caliber), a punch is required for each caliber. The punch is adjusted for each bullet length & groove locations. Once everything is setup for a specific bullet, sizing & lubing is fast. The bullet is inserted nose first into the die. Using the lever the punch is lowered, pushing the bullet into the die. The lever is then fully compressed, activating the lube pump & forcing lube through the die holes into the lube grooves. The process is then repeated with the next bullet which pushes the preceding bullet out the bottom of the Star. When the lube is forced into the lube grooves, the driving bands provide a seal between the grooves & also keeps the lube from leaking on to the nose & past the base.

The process works great with conventional bullet with nose diameters the same size as the driving bands or with nose-riding bullets that have a full-size driving band prior to the 1st groove & all the driving bands are the same diameter. The Star does not work well lubing bullets with reduced diameter forward driving bands. It will certainly lube them but the reduced driving bands do not provide an adequate seal around the lube grooves allowing lube to squeeze out on the nose as it is being forced into the grooves, resulting in a messy lubed bullet. The same problem also applies, but to less of an extent, to nose-riding bullets with all the driving bands the same diameter but have a groove prior to the 1st driving band. Since the nose diameter is less than the driving band diameter the lube will be forced on to the nose.

The Star works great lubing bullets like these (all driving bands the same diameter).
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The Star does not work well lubing bullets like these (reduced diameter forward bands or with a lube groove prior to the 1st driving band).
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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by desert deuce » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:55 pm

Exactly Wayne, I tried dip lubing ice cold bullets in liquid lube and using a slightly belled case to push over the lubed bullet to shave off the excess which works OK but talk about slow and messy. The Saeco for me works better and I use the reduced band BACO and P.J. Monies almost exclusively any more. DT's micro mini groove monies pushed me to do it.
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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by rgchristensen » Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:42 pm

Far as I know, the only GOOD way to lube tapered bullets is with a lube pump. For straight bullets, the STAR has been the best for me.
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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by TexasMac » Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:05 pm

rgchristensen wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:42 pm
Far as I know, the only GOOD way to lube tapered bullets is with a lube pump. For straight bullets, the STAR has been the best for me.
CHRIS
Chris,

For tapered bullets it's either the SAECO as DD noted or pan lubing. I use the SAECO with wide shallow groove bullets in which the lube tends to roll out of the grooves when pan lubing or with some tapered bullets that don't work well with pan lubing. Lately I've been using the SAECO even with bullets that pan lube fine.

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Re: Star Lubrisizer

Post by carl thomas zmuda » Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:36 am

I have both a Lyman and star liber/sizers.
I use the Lyman for gas checked Bullets and my 45/70 bullets.
The star for mostly handgun bullets and 32/20 bullets!
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