Originally Posted by MontanaRifleman
I no longer buy manuals, there is plenty of data online. Alliant, Hadgdon, Nosler, Barnes, etc. Manuals do have some good handloading tips, but you can get that online as well.
I gotta disagree with that advice (sorry Montanarifleman) I don't plan on buying another manual either... but I've been reloading for 16 years now. There is lots of information online... but you really have to have the basic safety knowledge and understanding to sort through the B.S. Get a good manual from a manufacturer like speer, nosler.... and read it until you can recite it from memory and then read it again just for kicks ;)
The best is if you know someone you can talk to in person about reloading to get you started, but that isn't always possible. Don't get me wrong... it isn't that difficult. However, you NEED to follow certain rules and safety procedures.
If you want to buy Lee tools, the press from their anaversery special kit is reasonably good. I started w/ that kit and used the press until a couple years ago when it gave out on me. ( loading a couple hundred rounds per year on average). You don't want to get a C framed press as apposed to an O framed press. You will want the added strength of the O frame for rifle cartridges. The biggest advantage to the turret press that was suggested here is the fact it will hold multiple dies. When you start using dies you will have to adjust them according to your chamber inorder to properly size them and save the life of your brass. Also for setting your seating depth. With a standard single stage press you will have to thread out one die to install another, forcing you to check the settings (This is what I do, and it isn't to hard after you do it a couple times). The turret you can set up once and leave it until you switch calibers than you will have to change your dies.
The Lee scale is a little chincey but I think it is reasonably accurate for most things but I did upgrade to a lyman 505 ballance beam then to a LE1000 digital scale within a couple years. You must weigh every load if you are going to use the Lee powder thrower and almost all stick powders. When you seat you will have to measure from the ogive rather than the tip to insure proper COAL (another reason to get a manual is the glossary in the back that explains the jargon of the trade ;)
Lots of information on what equipment to use and various methods to use in the reloading section of this forum.
good luck, Mark