Originally Posted by RIZ
I've been wanting to reload for a long time now and I now have an excuse, a friend gave me a lyman press, so what else do i need to get started beside the obvious caliber dies i need, 40 s&w, 3006, 308 and win 243? also what books should i have for reloading info and anything worth reading beforehand.
ABC's of reloading would be a good investment along with a manual from a bullet manufacturer (Sierra, Speer, Hornady, Lyman, etc.)
You will need a powder measure & scale. A "powder trickler" is useful but not necessary. (RCBS Uniflow or Hornady powder measures are very good)
A scale from RCBS such as the "5-0-5" will serve you forever.
You will need a way to trim Rifle cases... the Lee "stud cutters" work fine to start with and are inexpensive. You'll need a chamfur/deburring tool. A decent...(not necessarily expensive) set of calipers.
Shell holders for your press... Lee makes a complete set (green box).
A hand priming tool is useful, (and often preferred)... but your press likely has a priming feature that will be adequate for now.
Primer pocket "prep/cleaning" tools are worthwhile... though I suppose not absolutely necessary. A tumbler is a very worthwhile investment, though not absolutely required. And don't forget the case lube for rifle cases.
As far as dies, get carbide or titanium nitride for pistol.
And obviously, powder primers, & bullets... which you determine from the loading manual. Start at least 10% below max charge (unless noted otherwise for a certain powder like WW296... and work up.
That should cover the basics.