The prices at the shows I go to are high, but people still dicker.
Face it, our dollar isn't worth crap these days, plus the panic buying hysteria, plus the "collectable" crap. Now, while there are a lot of guns I will pay good money for (and I do buy a lot more used than new) a bargin gun that went out of production 40+ years ago isn't worth what they ask these days.
I don't even dare crack open that case of 7.62NATO I bought a few years ago for $165, it would cost me nearly $900 to replace it!
Seems like everything has gone up alot, except wages....
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.