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Questions 1, 2, 3: I still have a few rounds of GI surplus 30-06 from '43 that shoots as well as ever. It has been kept in my non-climate controlled garage for the last 21 years.

Question 4: Get a good loading manual and read the portions on loading carefully. I believe the Lyman manual is perhaps the best for starting and for a long time afterwards. It will tell you what tools you need and the general instructions on how to use them. Understand that reloading ain't rocket science or few of us could do it, just read until you understand basically what the book is saying and do it. And come here when you get stuck and need help.

It will increase your intitial confidence a lot if you can find someone to walk you through the steps at least once before you start.

Get a few mail order catalogs, on the net, such as from MidwayUSA, Midsouth Shooters Supply, Graf and Sons, Natchez, etc. to find prices on the tools and components. (You will want to buy powder and primers locally if possible to avoid the high shipping fees)

Don't fall into newbie's temptation and start with a progressive press. Even a turret press adds little more than cost to reloading but that's up to you. My old turret press is rarely used. After some 45 years of loading, my single stage is all I use for most chores. If you do get into shooting large volumes of ammo later, your own experiece will guide you then and you will still have at least occasional need of a single stage press so it won't be a waste.

Kits are good to start but none is complete and some varity in the tools is often better than the pre-packed items. And don't buy into the idea that any single brand of tools is "best", they are all good tools and any maker's stuff will do you a fine job so nothing you can buy is junk,no matter what some may say. I never see those who condemn any specific brand say how much better their ammo shoots when made with their favorite tools!

Ignore anything digital for now, meaning scales or powder despenser systems. Just get a standard powder measure plus a trickler and a beam scale to start with. In fact, most people happily stay with that for the rest of their life!

Enjoy your new hobby!
 
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