"Needing" a tumbler is the same level of importance as a first time car owner "needing" an unlimited car-wash pass.Now all I need is a bench, bullets, brass, primers, powder, a tumbler, dies, reloading manuals, basic knowledge...
I sympathize with the seemingly endless "Now all I need is" list, but it's probably not QUITE as bad as it sounds. You don't mention the caliber for which you intend to use this Anniversary Kit, but it is likely that you have brass laying around for your caliber of choice, or can find enough to get started. Unless it is some highly-specialized and rare "over bore" round, I suspect that it handles a fairly wide variety of projectiles and propellants. What you obtain in the short run may not be optimal, but it should keep you shooting.
Used to test the envelope in younger years, sometimes loading a couple grains more than published data. Shot well, but case heads took a beating and case life wasn't great.
In my older years, found the most accurate loads always seem a couple grains or so below those published maximums and much more fun to shoot. Case life was far better.
My go-to manual is the Lyman edition. They don't make bullets, powder or other components. Their products are in the assembly components line, therefore, I have more faith in their info.
Let's not start making sense at this point in the game!I would suggest K.I.S.S.! One of the most popular "How To" texts is The ABCs of Reloading. It will easily get you started and shows methods and "whys", explains components and equipment needed. An excellent second text is a Lyman Reloading Handbook, 50th or 49th Edition. Lots of good "How To" and good load data. Then add manuals from these two until you have no more shelf space.
Check/consider your needs as you will hear "you need a..." (nearly every piece of reloading tool made is mentioned on a forum). I quite successfully loaded for 12 years for 4 calibers before I started tumbling, with no ruined dies, scratched cases or marred chambers. I no longer use "case gauges" as the barrels of my guns work much better (even for my Garand). I haven't trimmed a pistol case since 1992 and have had zero problems and get excellent crimps. I could mention more but that's the idea. Determine if you need a tool for better, safer handloads or if the resident forum expert say you absolutely need it and beware of the recommendations of a specific manufacturer only tools. But I also have purchased tools "jes 'cause I wanna"...
Go slow. Double check everything. Most important, have fun...
i totally agree with you!!! besides, EVERYBODY knows that wet tumbling is superior!!!!! (i'm a wet tumbler) whatever you do, don't tell the OP that you can reform the cases. and what about AIs? and obscure cartridges? holy black vs smokeless? and.............Let's not start making sense at this point in the game!
Soon as you get those you will want/need other things. Concentricity gauge, ho no go gauges, etc. My list grows faster then the bullets I make. It is a great/fun process. Enjoy it.