Re: Looking to get started
I never suggest kits because (1) they aren't complete anyway and (2) they lock you into everthing from a single maker and that's rarely the better choices. Your chosen selections are excellant and your list is good but it's incomplete as a total of your real needs.
A powder measure - the Redding 3BR with the cast iron bench stand is perhaps the best bang for the money.
A couple of loading blocks, wood or plastic won't matter a bit.
Reloading manual - all are good but some have better illustrations and beginner instructions. Currently, the Hornady, Lee and Sierra seem best. (You really don't need more than one manual for the first year or two, more will just cause confusion. It's like a man with two or three watches who never quite knows what time it is!)
Dies and shell holder - get Lee or Redding Comp or Forster BR dies, there's no real value in anything between those extremes in price. Lee's dies are very good, equal to the others on average anyway, while the Forsters/Reddings are somewhat " better" but not massively so. (Lee's Collet Neck Sizer is perhaps the best neck die available for factory sporters.) And you might like a Lee Universal Decapper, it's the toughest on the market.
You WILL want a way to measure things fairly accurately. Most of us find a 6" precision stainless steel dial caliper reading to a thousanth of an inch to be very useful. Any of the low cost ($12 to $45) Chinese made tools will be fine; MidwayUSA, Lyman, RCBS, Harbor Freight Tools, etc, are all the same except for the prices.
Also get a set of the Hornady Case Length (to the shoulder) and Bullet Comparitor tools to work with the caliper.
Something else but I've lost it....?
I can't see any advantage the VLD reamer adds to your list but it won't hurt anything.
A viberator case tumbler is nice but certainly not necessary. If you get one, the brand of tumbler, the media type - cob or corn - and polish, if any, doesn't matter a bit. They all work, they all use the same small, cheap electic bath exhaust fan motors so how long one lasts is purely a matter of luck! (Keep your sales receipt for any warranty repairs you may need)
I agree with KRP about the Lee hand priming tools. I bought two Autoprimes (one each for large and small primers) and the shell holder set about 20 years ago and have had no trouble at all. Maybe because when a primer doesn't seat easily I stop to find out why instead of simply pressing harder to MAKE it "fit"?
Last edited by boomtube; 07-24-2010 at 05:25 PM.