Reading a great history of Colt firearms one of the main things is cost.. this book is well researched and gives costs for gun running around $8 for a single action revolver in the 1840-1860 range, some more.. some less.
Sooo ammo costs... these guns were cap and ball so loose powder and ball and then a cap.. But they made combustible paper cartridges that were a tad easier (and faster) to reload.
Some of the costs for ammo was pretty amazing.... Not just the cost but the fact that they were sold by the thousand.... 44 caliber paper cartridges were $14 per thousand. That was a lot of shooting back then. It was probly half or less that if you just cast bullets over a campfire and used powder from a keg.
Interesting to me at least. I am thinking of someone shooting several hundred rounds a day when $30 a month was good money.