Re: Carbide reloading dies??
I find the Hornady book of reloading not only has reloading data for Hornady bullets (of course) but the front part of the book has some great information for a beginning reloader.
I would think you will be loading some Hornady bullets anyway, so it's well worth buying this manual.
As for dies, you will find carbide dies for straight wall calibers (such as 44-Mag, 357-Mag, 9mm) but not for "bottle neck" cartridges such as .308, .243, .223, ect.
Buy carbide dies when they make 'em. No lube is required with carbide dies. However, I will tell you that I spray a light coating of "Hornady One-Shot" lube on my straight wall cases because it makes the sizing go much easier.