No disrespect, but I think Hired Gun should try a Dillon 550B or at least look at a Blue Press before giving advise to a person trying to use one. First go to Brian Enos Website
and look through all of the information for the 550B and general Dillon information. Second, call the number listed and they will walk you through everything you will need to get started. Third, make sure to order a AT500 powder die and a funnel, the 550B video along with a good scale (any beam scale for reloading in grains will work). Then you can let everyone know what a great thing a 550B can be for the beginner.
The Dillon 550B is good for loading a lot of ammo, but truly shines when you take your time with it. The problem that Hired Gun is refering to is the powder thrower does not meter well with long grained powder, but neither does any other powder thrower under +/- $2500. I have a Redding BR thrower and it will get you in the ballpark, but you will still need to trickle up and measure each round if you want anything near match ammo. The great thing about a 550 is that even when you measure each powder charge you are still performing all of your functions at once (deprime, reprime necksizing, setting bullet and crimping if required).
I would agree with Hired Gun if you were asking about a 650 or 1050 with auto indexing. A begginer can get into alot of trouble quickly. Dont't get me wrong they are great if you want a lot of very good ammo, but they are very difficult for the beginner.
Remeber that David Tubbs uses a 550B with a very advanced scale (promethius sp?) to load all of his ammo when he is winning every long range event I can think of. Also look at LTRDavid
for instructions to reload true match ammo. I have used single stage presses and would recommend them to someone who is trying to save a buck until they know if they are interested in reloading, but I have yet to see one keep it after they try a Dillon.