I started with a Lee Hand press and a Mauser M96 and a Nagant M39. Loaded those two calibers on that press for many years. A cheap pound of AA3100 and I had what I needed.dh1633, Yes, I started out with a Lyman Tong Tool and 5 pounds of wheel weights. My casting pot was a bean can and I used candle wax for a lube. I was loading for a Spfld. Trap Door .45-70 rifle.
My powder was black blasting powder I scrounged from a stone quarry. It all worked. The Mule Deer in the Cotton Wood bottoms fell to my crude loading. I still remember those days even though I have all these modern tools.