Originally Posted by jekyllandhide
They have a lee beginner set at grander mountain for 129.00
Skip on that set-up.
I have always used Lee Turret Presses,and Lee dies,but there are a lot of things that come in their "kits" that are pretty useless/cheap.
You can piece together a good reloading set-up for a little more than the price of these "kits".
(1)You need a good press,doesn't matter the style or brand.They all make decent presses,whether it's a Single stage,or Turret. For a progressive,Dillon is IMO,the only way to go.
(2)You need a good beam scale. I like the RCBS 505,but there are many other brands/models that will do. The Lee scale works,but is a PIA to use.
(3)Die's-Whatever brand you want to use. Nothing wrong with Lee's
(4)You'll need a good caliper to measure your cases,and OAL of your cartridges.
(5) For Rifle cartridges,you will need a case trimmer. The Lee case trimmer's are cheap,and work really good,but there are many others that cost more.
(6) Since your starting out,buy a copy of the ABC's of Reloading,and read it from cover to cover. Then buy some reloading data manuals.The powder mfg's have their own,and most bullet mfg's have their own.
The more manuals you have,the better.
There are also many places online that have reloading data,but use it at your own risk unless it comes from a trusted source.
You can buy most of what you need cheaper online,and even find great deals for used reloading equipment on Ebay and other sources.
Reloading doesn't really save much money over buying factory ammo,but you can build better performing ammo for each of your guns,than buying the same bullet loaded in premium ammo.
Once you get into reloading,you will never buy factory ammo again. I've been reloading over 30 years,and the only factory ammo I ever buy is when it was a really great deal,and mainly only for rimfire ammo.