Getting started requires less money than you’d think, and the equipment never wears out. (I’m still using a lot of the gear that I bought in the mid ’60s.) You need: a press, a powder measure, a die set, a powder trickler, a caliper to measure case lengths, a case trimmer, a deburring tool, a primer-pocket cleaner, case lube, a powder scale, a powder funnel, and a loading manual. That’s the basic gear list. If it all seems like too much to keep track of, Hornady will sell you its Lock-N-Load Classic Kit. It contains almost everything you need and costs $300.