Casting can be FUN just like RELOADING is TO SOME FOLKS, to others it's a P.I.T.A.
Different strokes for different folks.
If you don't shoot a bunch, PURCHASING from a local caster may be a better answer.
I'm retired and I CAST, RELOAD for handguns only, AND NOW I'M COATING.
The COATING PROCESS I'm using has been in use in Australia for 20 years.
This process WAS DEVELOPED FOR HANDGUNS not rifle bullets.
It's a Polymer coating mixed with a catalyst, hand tumble lubed in a plastic bowl
and then Baked, sized, RECOATED, Baked again.
If your cast bullets DROP TO SIZE, just coat and bake twice then.
The coatings are more like a STAIN that the thickness of a PAINT.
The coatings can be used on REGULAR or TUMBLE LUBE GROOVE projectiles.
THESE COATED PROJECTILES DO NOT NEED LUBED, the coating is the lube too.
Large THREADS on this over at the CAST BOOLITS forum.
People are also doing experiments with POWDER COATING of projectiles,
Different threads on this also over there.
These processes can totally ENCAPSULATE the LEAD as issues are arising at
different ranges especially INDOOR RANGES concerning exposed PROJECTILE LEAD.
You can start LADLE CASTING with Lead, a Small Melting Pot, and a Mold with Handles.
You should use a thermometer, and do some Alloy Mixing reading or just purchase some KNOWN ALLOY from a foundry.
The SKY can be the limit as to how much you eventually want to spend casting.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR SAFETY GEAR (NO SYNTHETIC CLOTHING EITHER)
GOOD LUCK, HAVE FUN, I CERTAINLY DO.