I just wanted to check back in and tell about my reloading experience. Got my Lee single stage anniversary kit a week ago, went in search of powder at the local sports store and the only powder I could find for my purposes of reloading .38 special was Hodgdon Titegroup. I got the beam scale up and calibrated and found that a heaping 0.3ml Lee dipper, as heaping as it can go with some flakes still on the handle only maxes out at 3.2 grains of Titegroup(despite the Lee book saying a level 0.3ml scoop is 3.5gr Titegroup), and it does it extremely consistently no matter how many times I weigh it, so I felt comfortable just using the dipper instead of the perfect powder measure that came with the kit because the starting load for what I am currently making is 3.2gr Titegroup and the never exceed is 3.8gr. Originally I loaded up 100 rounds of 158gr XTP over that charge, which is slightly low for an XTP, but I wanted to go in baby steps. The xtp's were ok, but the minimum OAL was stated at 1.455" and I could barely keep the length consistent, so I settled on making them all 1.460-1.465" to be sure, later I found out I just wasn't getting the dies to stay locked as good as they can be. A few days ago I got 300 Hornady LSWC 158gr bullets and loaded those up. Min OAL said 1.475" and again it was slightly difficult to keep them at that OAL so I settled on 1.483"-1.487" in that area because I was able to always get that length consistently and they just looked right. Again I did 3.2gr of Titegroup, but on seating the bullets I got some lead shearing. I did not know this was not normal so I did 100 rounds this way, it wasn't until I saw keyholes on paper that I realized that this must not be right, so I did 200 more reloads yesterday with a larger mouth flare and they went right in, and with a mediumley aggressive crimp, they felt and looked just right. I only shoot these loads in a .357 magnum so I am not worried about them being too long, however I don't think they are too long at all even for a straight .38 special. Anyways, this is my story, I think I am doing at least average or better for being only a week into this, and that is a result of you guys and the 6 months I spent in the books and on youtube just collecting information before I even started, so thanks again, but I still have a lot to learn so give me as much advice and knowledge as possible. Here is some pics of my "bench" which is an old table and some rounds I made. Thanks.