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Stay away from Lee equipment, their basic starter kits are real junk. You'll end up slowly replacing all that Lee stuff with RCBS, Redding, or Lyman anyway. Actually I'd spend the extra cash and get an RCBS kit. You'll also want to add some precision instruments and other tools like a good pair of calipers, case trimmer, and tumbler. Build or buy a good solid sturdy reloading/work bench. I built mine, and you can get plans for them online or even out of a carpentry book. Get manuals from Speer, Nosler, Hodgdon, etc. Also take a class for metallic cartridge reloading. It's well worth it as shotshell and metallic cartridges are a bit different in reloading.

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I wish I could take a class but I am too far from a town big enough to have such things.

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The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme would be your best bet. The press is the tool that does the work, always used, takes the stress etc. Don't compromise on a press.
A metallic cartridge manual will have the most popular load data for the most popular bullets and powders. Start with one. Remember you have Internet and access to some of the most technically advanced minds in the reloading community, and then there is us Big smile
You need a good set of calibers.
If you are only going to reload a case once/twice, you may not need a case trimmer. I've been reloading over three decades and don't own one.
You will need a scale. RCBS make several beam scales. I use an RCBS 5.10 model.
I would get a deburring tool
Dies, shell holder etc. I'm not sure what comes in the kits.
You could easily spend a couple of hundred bucks on manuals, but don't. Make sure you absolutely need it before you buy it

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Sure appreciate all the advice. My main "hobby" is Black Bear research. Living in the boonies has pluses and minuses ( mostly pluses) but access to advice like this is great. Much obliged.

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Hammer1 wrote:
Remember you have Internet and access to some of the most technically advanced minds in the reloading community, and then there is us Big smile

And then there is us. Words that come immediately to mind:
..........steallar
..........brillyant
..........loveabull
..........cudlee
..........putry
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..........smra,,,samr,,,,,smrt,,,,,,gud! Thumbs up

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Remember an expert is anyone who travels over 50 miles to give his opinion.
That might explain all those yahoos going to Iowa who want to be president.

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Ordered the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme today. The price increased since last week but ammo is going up too. I should have it in a week or so. I've got the dog on high alert listening for the UPS lady (She gives him treats) .

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Great. I am sure you'll enjoy it.

If you look at older threads you'll see lots of posts by me asking questions on reloading. The guys here are great at helping novices.

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Thanks CVC

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Why is it that some cases must be lubed prior to sizing, and others need not be lubed?

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