You will find people with different opinions, but reloading a large size cartridge, think I would go with an all steel press such as the rockchucker. Mine is over 30 years old.
As for reloading kit with everthing in it. Buy seperate quality pieces. Actually less money in the long run. Different mftrs make some very good tools and cheaper than others.
Get the Sinclair catalog www.sinclairintl.com
Get the K & M catalog for neckturning tools etc (717) 292-3175
Here are some of the items and some recommended to start with. Not all inclusive list.
You will need good press. "Rockchucker
powder scale- can start with good beam scale or go whole hog for electronic.
powder trickler (sinclair or midway)
dial calipers (sinclair)
neck micrometer (Darrel Holland makes good one)
Neck turning tools (K & M)
case trimmer (Forester)
B & D power screwdriver with versa batteries
Sinclair case holders set for screwdriver
StonyPoint comparator set (sinclair)
caseneck cleaning brushes
RCBS hand priming tool
Powder measure (best is Harrels Culver)
primer pocket reamer
flashhole reamer (S1 sells nice one)
concentricity guage (RCBS or sinclair)
loading blocks (sinclair or Midway)
case lube (Hornady One Shot from Sinclair)
FP-10 lube for neck turning lube
imperial size die wax (sinclair)
Bottom line you have $500-1000 in good tools here and list is not complete. Do not go cheap and buy same item 2-3x, buy quality tools the first time and be happier and save money in long run. nothing more frustrating than trying to make a cheap tool give you a level of quality it was not designed to do!!!
Custom dies you have two choices.
1. Your gunsmith can make them with a seperate resize reamer.
2. Go to Neil Jones Custom dies at www.neiljones.com
or (814) 763-4228. He makes the absolutely best custom resize die with neck bushings and capability to do a shoulder bump with a shoulder bump bushing. Only one on market like that and costs $175. He also makes a micrometer adjustable sizer die for $100. He will need your reamer drawings. On an improved case he can set it up to neck size only while you load and fire then send him 3 cases and the die. He will take the neck size insert out and put a FL size insert in it built to your fired cases specs.
[ 03-26-2003: Message edited by: BountyHunter ]