Yeah I figured that would be a bad idea. After reading it seems that the biggest thing to get correct is the powder charge. Some of the material I have been reading says weigh each powder charge. It also says to not load several cases with powder and then start seating. Just trying to get a feel for how everyone loads and what works and doesn't work. I'm pretty sure that i'm getting a single stage to start with and I want to be as efficent as possible with it, but above all be safe.
Crazyace85, this is why I recommend a turret press for beginners. For all the case prep, you run it as a single stage (i.e. with the automatic turret linkage disengaged). But when all your brass is prepped and primed, then the final stages are done together. For me it works like this:
Put the primed brass in the press. Raise the brass up into the powder charging die. Weigh the powder on the scale and dump it in the die/brass case, and raise the handle. Now the brass is down at the bottom of the stroke. Spin the turret one notch to the bullet seating die. Seat a bullet. Spin the die one notch to the crimp die. Crimp it. You just finished one cartridge.
This is just my method, but it works for me. I don't have to worry that I double charged a case, or forgot to charge a case. I don't have a tray of 50 brass sitting around full of powder waiting to have a spider jump in there, or get knocked over spilling powder everywhere. If something happens and I get interrupted, I never have more than one brass with powder in it, and it is pretty safe sitting in the press in the shellholder. You said you wanted to be efficient and safe. I think the turret press gives you the best of both worlds.
Again, just my methods, but when you can get the Lee Classic turret press for cheaper than a lot of single stage presses, it just makes sense to me. I used to run a single stage press, and I didn't enjoy reloading very much. Got out of reloading. Got back into it in the last 3 years and started over with the turret. Would never go back to single stage unless I was doing some ultra-precision reloading. But even with the slop in this turret press (and yes there is a fair amount) I am still loading sub-MOA loads for the 6.8 without hardly even trying.