I would try my hardest to find someone nearby that can teach you the basics and let you use their equipment for a while. I love loading almost as much as shooting and it is definitly worth my time. (I also can put 5 of my rounds in 1-1/4 at 200 yds. Not able to duplicate that with factory yet.)
Point is, if at all possible you should find out if you like it before paying the start up fee. As stated earlier, it really does not come down to cost, but if you like it.