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Why are the short barrels priced higher?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by ClemBert, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. ClemBert

    ClemBert Well-Known Member

    Curious as to the rational behind the higher pricing at Cabelas for short barreled revolvers versus long barreled revolvers. Typically, supply vs demand dictates pricing. I would think that on average most folks would prefer the longer barreled version.

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  2. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    Because they look cooler :D
    Actually great question...
  3. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Because, on average, more people actually want the short barrel version?

    Demand drives prices up.
  4. sonier

    sonier Well-Known Member

    give me the short barrel and make it cheaper lol thats not fair lol i like the 5 inch barrels but the long ones id guess 8 inch ones are fun as well, i have a 1851 navy with long barrel, but youd think itd be cheaper you know less material too make the shortie lol but oh well
  5. Hawkeye748

    Hawkeye748 Well-Known Member

    Long barrels, more demand. (Even true with originals 150 years ago) Shorter, less demand. Ergo, more competition for fewer pieces. Equals higher prices. MFG loses the economy of scale,(more product to spread cost). As such each piece costs more to produce.
  6. scythefwd

    scythefwd Well-Known Member

    Because there is 1 extra machining step to make the short barrels. It makes the most sense to just cut all the barrels to the same length, and then cut / recrown the shorter barrels after they are already "finished". The reason behind this logic is that they only have to setup the equipment to bore 1 length of barrel and to rifle 1 length of barrel.
  7. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member


    Something missing here.

    Demand for shorter barrels is lower, thus there's more competition? How does that work? I can see there being more competition if supply is lower, but not with lower demand. Lower demand means there's fewer people who want the available supply; with fewer people wanting something, there's less competition, not more.

    I think you got your definitions mixed up.
  8. StrawHat

    StrawHat Well-Known Member

    That would be my guess. Any variation from the "standard" results in higher price.
  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    The shorter barrels are less desireable (not for me!) thus there are shorter, smaller production runs. Smaller production runs ALWAYS equal higher prices. That said, there is nothing that points and balances as well for me as a 5½" 1860. Not even the grand 4¾" Single Action Army.

  10. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    supply and demand
  11. Bluehawk

    Bluehawk Well-Known Member

    What's the beef...it's only 10 bucks difference when they are on sale...like right now!!!!!!
    (Not only do they have to machine the barrel shorter but it requires a shorter loading lever as well!)
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2010
  12. 7.62 Nato

    7.62 Nato Well-Known Member

    I usually find that whatever I'm interested in will have the higher price.
  13. Old Cannonballs

    Old Cannonballs Well-Known Member

    In addition to higher production costs and factors pertaining to supply and demand, there is also the old nostrum about whatever the market will bear. Most people prefer the longer barrels, but those who prefer shorter ones are generally willing to pay more for them.
  14. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    Barrel blanks are typically 24" to 30", then they get cut down to whatever length is desired, and usually lathe-turned to the desired thickness (or they're probably turned and then cut, that would make more sense). I really doubt that BP revolver barrels start out any shorter.

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