Re: newbie looking for reloading reference/how to books
Lyman's reloading manual has a lot of good information.
Redding and Forster make the better presses and dies. I would suggest forgoing the powder measure and invest up front in the RCBS ChargeMaster Combo. If you go with a beam scale, RCBS 502, 505, and 10-10 are all made by Ohaus and are the desired pieces. Used with a set of Lee dippers and a Redding trickler, a powder measure is not needed. You will need a case trimmer, chamfering tool (VLD-type for inside) and a priming tool along with a dial caliper. Lee makes popular and inexpensive priming tool and case trimmer, and will serve unless you have another preference. With study and planning, you can get a simple set-up of very good equipment that won't be replaced later.
When you're ready to expand your efforts, a Sinclair catalog and a copy of Glen Zediker's "Handloading for Competition" (available from Sinclair) will provide a guide.