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#1 buy at least one book on the subject (ABC's of reloading, Lyman, Lee, RCBS, Hornaday, Sierra or another such).

Read it at least once.

Find someone near you that reloads and look, listen and learn from experience. You may even find someone that will let you use their equipment and your components to get yourself started. There is a bit of trial and error when it comes to purchasing equipment. Learn from other's trials and errors as much as you can.

The big question will start off with how much are you actually going to load?

If you are only going to load a few hundred rounds a year, a single stage press will be fine for you. RCBS, Lyman and Lee are three very popular and good quality brands.

If you are going to load a few thousand rounds a year get a Dillon RL-550. Don't waste your time and money on a Lee progressive.

The sky is the limit and you tend to get what you pay for. Inexpensive Lee starter presses are decent if you are a low volume loader. Dillon 1050's are primo and will crank out huge numbers of rounds in short order.

If you read the ABC book or the Lyman book you will get a pretty good idea of what equipment is needed. Press, dies, scales, powder measure, trimmer, de-burring tool, case polisher, the list can go on ad-nauseum.
 
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