Sounds like you got it planned out right. Another word of caution - this stuff is highly addictive Have fun, and good luck.
Yes, I have found out it is addictive. I read about it non stop!!! I read where one guy said he got into reloading so that he could reload to shoot. He said after a while he began shooting just so he could reload! lol.
Last night I would flip open a page in the manual and set my powder dispenser to weigh out certain charges so I can get consistent and proficient at it. I don't want my first time of weighing out charges to be right before I load shells. I want to practice it and get good so I know I am competent win the chips are down and it matters.
Pretty much all I need now are dies. I'm possibly thinking of getting the Cabela's digital scale so I have two scales to check each other with. My rcbs 505 scale did not come with weights to check it with.
I got 100 22-250 brass and now I'm on the hunt for some cheap 223 brass. I checked the range the other day to no avail. I've got a call in to a buddy that works on an indoor gun range/shop to maybe get a line on some once fired brass bc the cops train up there.
What caliber are you loading ? Crimping will likely not be necessary. If you are loading for a semi auto (rifle) you will need SB dies (small base) or they will likely not fit into the chamber and if they do fit they won't eject. You can neck size for bolt action but they will likely only fit that particular rifle and it does save reworking your brass every time. If you choose to full length size your brass the life of the brass will be short from reworking it .
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...