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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
I haven't looked for a bit, but I think Lyman was the only one offering a kit with a case trimmer included in it.
You'll need to trim at some point, so if you go with a kit that doesn't have a trimmer, just know that you'll need to buy one eventually.
Get a manual from any of the big names.....I'm not a fan of the Lee manual, but it's serviceable. My favorites are Hornady and Nosler, but lots of good ones out there. Do NOT use load data found from anywhere but manufacturer/company resources, especially not to start your handloading career.
You can often find reloading gear in classifieds here and on other forums, for good prices. Trick is knowing what you need and what to pay for it.
Buying a kit from a store is probably one of the pricier ways to get your gear, but you'll get it all at once and be ready to go.
Buying it used is often the best way to save money, but it takes time and patience to do it. If you do that, companies like RCBS, Lyman, Forster, and Dillon are all rock solid on their warranty and support. Buy used items from the big name companies with confidence...even if it's screwed up, they will fix it for you.