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Old April 19, 2019, 01:50 PM   #84
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Allow me to restate hopefully more precisely..

I don't believe the primary reason people are buying old S&W 10s 12s, 14, 15s etc is because they are .38 Specials. Sure, some probably are, but I think mostly its because those guns have features people want (and want more than other guns with different features). Yes, caliber is part of the package, but I don't think its the most important factor in this case.

People who could buy a .38 SPL Ruger for say $450 are buying old, out of production S&W .38s, and paying half again, (or more) the cost of the Ruger, to get them. They aren't paying that money because its a .38, they're paying it because its the .38 they want.

Back in the day, you could get a Mustang with a 351cu in engine. You could get a station wagon or a pickup truck with the same engine. The 351 was a good engine. People bought the Mustang because they wanted a Mustang, not because it had the same good engine several other models also had.

Sure, it was A factor, but it wasn't the overriding factor.
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