Unless you are going to do a very high-volume in reloading, a single stage press is a good way to go. I've got an old RCBS single stage press that I bought new in the very early '70s, and it is still going strong. I load .223 and 9mm (and many others), and can load several hundred rounds in an easy session. One thing, though: consider one of the better powder charging/dispensing systems. RCBS and Lyman make great machines, but they will run $200 to about $300. I use the Lyman DPS II and really like it. I had an Ohaus 10-10 balance beam scale and an RCBS powder dispenser, and those served me well for 30 years, but since I switched to the electronic dispenser I've never looked back. Another thing - consider quality reloading dies. Again, I like RCBS and Lyman products. Stay away from the cheaper dies. For the .223 I do recommend the Lee 'Factory Crimp Die' - but that is about the limit of Lee products that I like besides their lead melting furnaces.