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addiction :rofl2:Calipers are definitely mandatory. Digital or dial is a personal preference. You will find a lot of reloading is how much you want to pay to be spoiled, such as calipers. Some swear by triple digit dial$, while I have used a pair of $30 digital for 20 years and are still DNO (Dead Nuts On). There was a post which included all of this some time back. But again, I always point out that I hunt, not bench rest 1,000 yard matches. Also, if you are not using polymer (plastic) tipped bullets, something like a Hornady Bullet Comporator Kit for measuring COAL should be a consideration. Lead tips can be distorted, and very hard to get an accurate, consistent COAL.I am cheap and creative by nature and was taught that I should always be reminded how much work, effort, and money goes into each shot, so I always have (and always will) use single stage type presses. Especially
if you are trying to teach kids how much work goes into it by making them reload for themselves. I mention this since I know you have young ones. So don't feel handicapped at all with your new press.I too started off with (and still have) a manual case trimmer, only difference is that after a few years I got tired of the hand
part in hand
le and removed it and welded a nut in its place so I can use the drill with a nut driver on it now. Like I said, chap and creative
. Same goes for other case prep, (if you have it) you can spend good $ for a case prep unit. Nothing against them, but I can put the brushes (never used them myself), primer crimp remover, and primer pocket pocket cleaner in a drill and get by just fine (also a current topic being discussed at the moment). You will still have to chamfer and deburr by hand, but I myself think it would be worth it if you do that and use the saved money to buy a digital scale. I say that because it has been a long time thinking of mine that a digital scale is probably the single most important piece of equipment for a new reloader. I know many of us got by with beam scales for years, but I also know that many of us have misread that beam scale and were lucky enough to have caught it. It is very easy to do, and you will see why the first time you use one. Digital scales are almost
foolproof. It is so much easier to process, and so much faster too. You can also get one with a powder thrower as a kit, it all depends on current finance situations (as stated earlier) but get a scale, please, for your own safety. Like I said, misread beam scales are my biggest fear for any reloader, especially new ones.Tumblers, like everything else, depend on what you want to spend. You can spend a handsome sum and get one with a grate that will allow the media to be shaken out, or, if you don't have a bunch of $ and don't mind the noise or shaking out media, you can find fairly inexpensive tumblers. I obviously went cheap and just put it out of the way so I don't hear it and use my 50lb bag of untreated walnut I got from a feed store for $15 years ago. My cheap tumbler is two decades used and still ticking.A powder thrower will be needed too, and you have several options here too. You will be loading rifle, so a powder trickler will also be a cheap help for you, you won't regret it. It is hard to beat the old RCBS standby for a thrower if you don't get a thrower/scale combo. And of course with the powder thrower, you will need reloading manuals to go with it. I will not even begin to recommend any as that is like lighting the fuse to a loaded question and a (useless) debate. You're on your own with that one
.And while not really "mandatory", a hand held priming tool is close to it. The RCBS universal is not a bad choice, but the "feel" you get with the old Lee hand primer is extremely hard to beat. I do not know what it is, but the Lee just has a sensitivity to it you can not beat.This is just what comes to mind at the moment, I am sure there are things I forgot, and many who would do it entirely different so take it for what it is, just friendly free suggestions. Good luck, be safe, and hope you enjoy your new found hobby.