Re: Lee Anniversary reloading kit
I have an RCBS press and a Lee. The RCBS I keep at work for case forming jobs and the Lee I use for all my real loading work. I have a Redding scale and a Lee scale. Don't use either one, I use a digital.
My Lee powder measure is at least 500% more accurate than my Redding BR measure, guess which one I use.
My RCBS hand primer has put marks on my primers since the day it was new because the ram was off center pretty bad. I bought a Lee, then got another so I wouldn't have to change shellholders. Now I have the RCBS in the closet, and spent about twice as much for it as I did for the 2 Lee tools.
I actually like the Lee dipper set, though they are no where near as nice as a powder throw. They are actaully quite close and for informal shooting, they work well.
Lee dies are infinitely nicer than Redding or RCBS. They are actually round, and straight, and make ammo that isn't essentric.
The Lee Zip Trim is the only trimmer that works to a dead stop without using any other variable datum on a case, such as rim thickness or headspace, case deformity, etc. It actually is a well designed piece that costs less, power driven, than other hand operated models.
The thing about Lee stuff is, there's no fluff. They don't go out of thier way to polish the outside of dies or, use inconel to make parts that are adequately strong in aluminum. I wish I had some of the money back that I wasted on crappy expensive reloading equipment that didn't work even AS Nice as the Lee stuff I now use.
Take the money you save and call K&M Services for the rest of the tools you need. Go a little overboard there and you can't go wrong.
I use a Lee Turret press that I picked up at Natchez and I love it. Now, one disclaimer. I use nice dies that all work to a deadstop. I have never used the press on dies that were set up for depth in the press. If I were to guess, I would say that an RCBS press would work nicer for things like that. If I didn't make my own dies, I'd probably buy the shellholder sets with differing depths from whomever it is that makes them (Redding or RCBS) and use them to set the headspace on my size die. For my factory guns, I use Lee Collet dies and have never had a problem using the press I have.
I think you'll find that most presses are overengineered. Not to say that isn't nice from time to time, but I'd sooner spend my money on other things. If the Kit comes with a Perfect Powder Measure, buy it. I know that thier higher priced kits come with one. They run around $140 if I'm not mistaken. The stuff in it that you decide to replace later, didn't cost you an arm an a leg so you won't feel bad about it being in the closet. And, it's gonna all work fine until you have money you just don't know any other way to get rid of.
If you have something that you disassemble and reassemble enough times, sooner or later, you'll have two!