In Marketing it's called push or pull. You are either trying to push a product through the market place or trying to pull it through.Only to a point.
The rest is marketing.
It's easier to convince people to buy what you make than it is to make what people want.
You are right. I didn't really notice this trend until reading your comment. Maybe guys are just drawn to the "bigger is better" theory. Thank you.As someone who likes a variety of Cap & Ball revolvers, ML rifles, ML shotguns, and ML single(or double) shot pistols...I've noticed a steady decline in newer (past the 70's & 80's) produced .45 caliber ML firearms. CVA, T/C, Traditions, and others used to make some nice ML firearms in .45 cal.
I know Pedersoli still makes ML rifles and pistols in .45 cal. (and you can still get a Philadelphia in .45cal from Deer Creek & Traditions) but now .50cal. is more common. I happen to love .45cal. ML pistols, had several before 2014, all older units.
What has changed?