Back when I used to shoot combat in nazifornia before it became IPSC the shooting team I shot w/had 4 stars set up in one place,a .45 acp-.45 colt-.mine a .44 spcl.& lastly a .38.About 20 yrs or more ago the owners of Star came over to my place in Cave Creek w/a pair of Colts that had been sent back to colt 3 times for repair along w/all the paper work that described what they had done w/them & they still wouldn't work right.[probably during the strike] they were in their camper & went over to Wickenburg & camped there for 3 days & when they came back I had the 2 colts fixed & waiting for them .Like a lot of people, I reloaded in self-defense....I couldn't afford to shoot much if I didn't.
For me reloading was a chore not a hobby, and I didn't do any experimenting. I usually selected the lower velocity most economical load since I shot for fun and practice.
A fact about reloading is that you will not save ANY MONEY, but you'll shoot a LOT more.
My buddy and I bought an early Dillon, which I think it was the first Dillon to be commercially sold, and it was a very early one.
This was a revelation since we were only used to the old RCBS turret press that took forever to use.
My buddy moved on to a Dillon 550 and uses it to load pistol and most shorter range accuracy rifle practice ammo.
Dillon claims that you can load full-on Match grade ammo on the Dillon and I believe that.
The automatic powder drop is very accurate.
We were once loading some M1 Rifle ammo for a DCM match and were using a RCBS powder measure.
We got a variation in the powder accuracy depending on which of us was operating the measure.
The Dillon eliminates that.
I no longer reload but if I was buying a reloader, it'd be a Dillon.
My buddy had little trouble with it, and when he did Dillon really took care of him, usually sending out a new powder measure or part, and never asking the old one to be returned.
Dillon started the whole individual progressive loader market and I think still makes the best one.
Before Dillon the progressive loader was a very expensive Star loader that was used by a lot of big gun clubs and police departments to load practice ammo.
When converted to hydraulic operation every time you stepped on a peddle a loaded round was ejected out the end of the device.
Not many individuals could afford a Star.
The half mag '73? It is a gun I built with a 23" Shilen match barrel 30 years ago. Barrel is profiled a medium heavy built on a old Uberti receiver, was a 44-40 originally then I chambered it in .45 Colt using a new lifter and changed that again to run .45 Cowboy (held 11 rounds in the mag with Cowboy brass and that sport mag tube) before changing it back to .45 Colt again as you see it. Still has a crescent butt I just added a lace on butt cuff to make it a shotgun. Side plates are hand engraved, receiver, butt plate and forearm cap are finished in bright nickel. Checkered wood I got from Uberti. Gun is back now to plain jane wood and no butt cuff. Love how the thing swings. Built it in the days you could shoot SASS with a 6 round rifle and one handgun. Those days are long gonebuffhuntr said:.....the 73, that a short rifle with a shotgun butt? Who's offering and caliber?
Forgot about Star machines until they were mentioned here. Figured you loaded on one bitd. Nice!Jim Martin said:Back when I used to shoot combat in nazifornia before it became IPSC the shooting team I shot w/had 4 stars set up in one place,a .45 acp-.45 colt-.mine a .44 spcl.& lastly a .38.