Originally Posted by boovan
I am ready to start reloading. I have no idea exactly what I need to buy.
I'd like a list of everything, and I want to do it right the 1st time.
I will be reloading:
1- 35 Whelen
I have more, but @ this time I don't really shoot the rest of them enough.
with those big bodied cases I'd want a heavyduty press. I use a Forster (same press since 1978), but there are others. I mostly use Forster dies as I've yet to see a threaded die any better. You can prime off the Forster press extremely well, and with it you'll never have to buy a shell holder. So dollar and cents wise the price tag is very close.
I throw powder with a Harrell or a Lyman #55. Use a Pact electronice scale with an RCBS trickeler when doing long grained powders. For what your going to load the Lyman and the scale are all you'll ever need. You'll also want a stand for whatever measurer you buy (I built my own). Also buy a couple drop tubes (4" and 8"), and a good funnel. You can buy the drop tubes from Sinclair and a few others. You always need them. Lastly; if you buy the Lyman, then get the bottle adapter that Sinclair sells! Worth it's weight in gold!
Case trimmers can be a crap shoot, but there are a couple good ones here and there. For starting out the Forster is very good. I use a Wilson, but also own a Forster, a Lyman, and a couple others.
If your just starting out, I don't recommend neck sizing, or neck turning! But if you must, be sure to speak up when you have a question. There's a lot of people that can advise you (be selective). Buy good dies upfront, and never look back (might say buy good equipment). I was lucky as I had the chance to full length resize .308 brass in about twenty presses, and took advice from two well known reloaders (Bill Jordan and Bob Milek) that stood over me while I was going thru the motions. I bought the press on Bob's advice (he said he owned three of them!). I wish powder measurers would have been that easy! I went thru an RCBS, two Reddings, the Lyman, and now the Harrell. I should have bought a Belding & Mull and the Lyman! The same can be said of primer seaters! I must own six or eight, but 99% of the time it's either a K&M or the Forster press.
I would also recommend buying a Black & Decker electric screw driver down the road. There are many devices out there that will work with this little gem; thus making life easier! You should at least buy a good dial caliper (I use a 4" Mitutoyo 90% of the time), and the Hornaday case gauge outfit. This will help you setup the over all length and head space much easier than just guessing.