Re: Quality reloading equipment
just to add one more thing here. A lot of folks recommend buying kits from this guy or that guy. I don't! After about 18 months you end up replacing two thirds of the stuff for better equipment. I looked at stuff for over a year before I ever bought the first piece of equipment (press), and only then made my decision over advice from Bob Milek and a couple others. But the final thing was at the NRA Convention where they must have had fifty presses setup in a row sizing .308 cases. All were pretty much the same except for one, and that's the one I bought. My first dies were Forster, and bought them after a conversation with Fred Sinclair. Wish I'd have taken his advice on a case trimmer, but ended up going thru three or four before I picked up the Wilson. My buy on a measurer was by word of mouth, and looking at two or three others. In ended up being the Lyman with a Redding 3BR also in the running. (I had a buddy that used one, and used it for a couple weeks).You also will need a good set of calipers for measuring and maybe a good micometer down the road. I suspect that in Europe the pair of choice would be the Interrapid (they make the best dial indicators I might add). What I'm saying here is to buy good stuff and not have to make excuses a couple years later.
I've had very good luck with Lyman pistol dies thru the years, but there's nothing wrong with the RCBS or Lee's as well. I happen to like the way the Lyman crimps and expands the case mouth, but is it really that much better? I doubt it. Bottle neck cases are another game, and I only use Forster and Redding. I like Forster dies better if that matters. (Forster sells a really nice .308 National Match die set by the way). Sinclair sells the best priming tool on this planet, but I can't use it well due to a messed up hand (thanks to a 122 rocket). The K&M is shaped a little different, and I can use it it. Otherwise I'd own one of Fred's.
I do recommend buying good cases to start out with, and maintain them. I would not recommend neck sizing for awhile. This is something you have to work your way into, and with a factory chamber it often yields little if any results. I've been doing this since 1978, and I still consider myself in the learning curve. Yet I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones as I lived near some of the best shooters on this planet, and gleaned a lot of knowledge off of them