I've heard all kinds of theories on this subject. Such as... Now that S&W owns Thompson Center, they are sellin out to the antis by makin the price of T/C BP guns unafordable for the average buyer. They are makin the prices so high so that the average buyer won't want one therefore he/she won't be owning any 'explosives', as in ,black powder. Therefore they can curb the ownership and keep better track of the powder. S&W is just outright greedy. S&W wants rid alltogether of BP firearms. S&W wants to be rid completely of all civilian sales and sell strictly to Military and LE contracts. Now as for the Ruger Old Army. The theory i hear most is that since a .45LC cylinder can be purchased for that gun and a black powder gun is not an FFL regulated gun that people denied a firearm purchase do to criminal records can buy a ROA and then simply purchase a drop in .45 LC cylinder and now have an unregistered center fire handgun. Also, law abiding citizens can also do the same thing and have posession of a firearm that does not require registering. Hence, a gun ,'under the radar' for when this country finaly reaches the point of 'feces being violently propelled from the ocilating device'. Whatever the reason(s), The price of BP firearms is indeed way out of control. NOTHING justifies a T/C Hawken flintlock rifle being worth $700-$800 What say ye on these matters ?