While the amount of equipment you can buy to load cartridges is endless, you won't need a lot to get started.
1. You will need a reloading Manual
of some sorts. I started out with a manual from LEE Reloading.
You can get thier newest manual Here
It will be the cheapest and don't let anyone tell you it's no good. There is lot's of information in the book and even a section on cast bullets and working up reduced loads.
The other books that have been mentioned are good as well, I currently have Lyman #49 and Hornady 8th edition.
2. You will need a reloading press.
There are 3 types: Single Stage, Turret, and Progressive. I would like to suggest a turret press to start with since you will be reloading 9mm. A single stage would work, but you may tire of the slow rate. You can use the turret press as a single stage to get some practice in as well. Ill show you links to LEE equipment (only to keep it from getting too confusing- there are planty other brands out there...)
I own all 3 types of presses shown here. Only the Loadmaster(progressive) has given me any problems.
3. Reloading Dies.
There are 2 types and 2 groups. Rifle dies and Pistol Dies.
Both pistol and rifle dies are offered in steel, as well as carbide. Dies with carbide do not require you to lubricate the cases when they are resized. Rifle carbide dies still require lubing.
Again, there are many different manufacturers of dies out there. Some are more expensive than others, but all will work if setup according to the die manufacturers instructions.
This die set will have everything you need for 9mm pistol.
Regardless of what dies or press you buy, the dies will work in any of the newer presses today.
. You will need a set of these to measure the length of the cartridge . Reading a manual will let you know whay this is important. You can buy them at harbor Freight(if you want to go cheap) or you can pick them up online from all sorts of places. A set similar to these will work fine.
5. Powder Dispenser.
Here is one designed to work with the turret press.
Auto Disk Powder Measure
To make use of this smoother on a turret press you could buy the rise and the swivel adapter. Those are not an absolute must have.
Those are the basics in equipment that will get you started in reloading.
One of the best ways to start out is to buy a kit. Most kits will include a lot of things needed to get started.
Turret Press kit
This particular kit has the book, a beam scale, the powder dispenser, priming arms, some case conditioning tools and of course the press. It does not come with the dies and those would have to be purchased separately(as most kits do).
Now for componets. Bullets, brass, smokless powder and primers.
Again, no shortage of choices here as well.
The reloading manuals will help you decide which to go with. Hopefully you have been saving all of the brass you have been shooting as that will reduce your costs.
Now into casting your own bullets. Thats a whole different animal. Depending on the type of mold you buy, that will determine the way those bullets will have to be lubed. There are fancy machines out there that will lube and size the bullets at the same time, but they are very expensive.
I cast my own bullets too using equipment from LEE. And I lube them using the "tumble lube" method. I use the 10lb pot with pour spout and a LEE 158 grain SWC(Single Wad Cutter) TL (Tumble Lube) mold.
You will run across so many different acronyms in the reloading world that will make your head spin.
What I typed out here is just basic information. There is more to it and thats why you have seen everyone and myself stress the importance of getting a reloading manual or two, which you have asked about and thats great to see from someone. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there who just buy the equipment and don't know how to use it.
As always, if you have any more questions, do not hesitate to ask as you will get a lot of responses back with answers.
Post back with your progress. I have a few spare pieces of equipment that I will be willing to give you if you chose to start reloading.
Reloading may seem like rocket science, but it's not. Just use your head and go with what the manual says and you won't go wrong.
Oh, here are some links to a few websites that have reloading items and other stuff as well:
Natchez Shooter Supplies
Mid South Shooters Supply
Graf and Sons