I have also never trimmed .38 or .32 cases, for what it's worth. A tumbler and corncob media works to clean your empties. Start saving your used dryer sheets and throw one in with each batch of dirty brass to pick up some of the dirt and keep the static down. The lee balance scale is okay, but I use an electronic scale and double check with the balance scale. When they both agree I'm good to go. For .38 specials I like Bullseye, Red Dot, Green Dot, WST and HP38 powders. I use the Lee manual more than any other, but it's followed closely by Hornady and Lyman. I personally think the Lee factory crimp die is indispensable for my reloading of .38 and .45, less so for some other calibers. I don't clean primer pockets. You should think about a bullet puller; the impact type is inexpensive and when you need it, you really need it. I also have the GripNPull puller, but it doesn't work with wadcutters and some other bullets when there is very little straight shank extending from the case. Otherwise, it's great. When you get a caliper, make sure it measures to three places after the decimal. I made the mistake of going to Harbor Freight and the one they had only went two places. You need to be able to measure thousandths of an inch if you want good quality and consistent ammo. Good luck and be safe.