Re: New gunsmith want to now prices to charge for volume business?
Don't take this as a smart ass answer but take some business classes before you decide on cutting prices.
In your posting you say the other smiths are behind on building rifles by as much as a year and that they charge twice or more as much as you want to charge. If you live in an area where an established smith makes that much and is busy why not charge the same or a little less? If you do good work the business will come to you because of the turn around time.
Here is some advise I got from a old smith that has served me well.
Don't do work you aren't capable of, a bad job will ruin your reputation.
Don't give delivery dates you can't meet.
Don't talk bad about another smith unless you know his work to be unsafe.
Charge what your work is worth if you feel it isn't worth much your customers will feel the same, people will pay more if they think the work is worth it, and they get it on time.
The customer is not always right when it comes to safety no money is worth doing a job you feel is unsafe.
Good enough is not a good job.
If you can see the scratch so can the customer.
Always clean a gun before you work on it, that is so often the problem and if not it helps to see some problems.
Handel the customers gun like its worth a million bucks to some its worth more to them then money.
He had many more and he was right on all of them.