This is what I use:
- Redding T-7 Turret Press. Not self indexing very precise. For load work-up of pistol cartridges and all rifle reloading.
- Pistol cartridges in mass - Dillon 650 progressive with case feeder. I can easily do 600 45 ACPs an hour. Also check out Uniquetek.com for the micrometer powder bar kit for the Dillon press. Makes life very easy.
- Electronic powder dispenser and scale - either Lyman 1200 or RCBS. I also use the 'RCBS scale check weight set' to see if the electronic scale is behaving. They are known to drift. Don't even think about a balance beam scale unless you have a lot of time on your hands.
- Redding dies particularly the competition bullet seater if you will be trying various bullets for the same caliber. E.g., accubonds, triple-x , etc.
- Check out Sinclairintl.com for the wilson/sinclair case trimmer. Excellent product. You will need to trim your new rifle brass and maybe again if it grows. I have this case trimmer with a micrometer. It's a real luxury and not necessary. But the basic set up for $53 is really worth it.
- You will also need a bullet puller. Kinetic (looks like a hammer) or something like the Hornady bullet puller which screws into your press. Much nicer to use and does not deform the bullet.
- Hornady One Shot spray lubricant for resizing cases. Fast and not messy.
- Micrometer - an absolute necessity. I use a Starrett digital another luxury but avoid the really cheap ones.
The above has the capabilities to produce really good quality ammo. If you get into target shooting then there is a whole bunch more you may want to consider such as tube micrometers etc. The above should really get your Visa card working. Payback at today's prices for ammo is very quick if you shoot a lot or if you are into buying Federal Gold Medal Match ammo or are reloading for the heavy bangers.
Look through the Midway catalog and the Sinclair catalog. They both have other useful items you will find compelling to purchase. Also call Redding, Dillon and Sinclair tech support. Ask all your questions until you become comfortable. They will stay on the phone with you for as long as you need. They are a great resource and is part of their corporate identity to help.
All most forgot. Always check your reloading recipes from more than one reloading manual. You may want to ask people online what powder bullet combination works well. Never use anything until verified by yourself
from a published source. When I started I actually started with three manuals.
Good luck - reloading is a lot of fun. Particularly during snow storms or when you can't get out to shoot.