Originally Posted by brettniles
If we you are paying $50 a case now, you would hope to pay $20 a case under the new system.
No you wouldn't hope to pay that, because, as you said, there are fixed costs. But they will probably also be able to make about twice as many balls in a given amount of time using the same equipment modified to make .50 caliber balls. We can probably expect instead to pay about $10 more for a case of 4000 balls than we are currently paying for a case of 2000. That's assuming there is pretty strong competition among the manufacturers.
If only one company is making the stuff for whatever reason, they can pretty much set the price wherever they want, as long as it is good enough to get people to switch.
THE PHYSICS PART:
Somebody with a stronger background in physics needs to run the numbers for the flight of the new ball. I would think that we would be able to shoot at a higher velocity safely, because a paintball with less mass carries less energy. The ball will also slow more quickly in flight and at the same velocity as the .68 ball, not travel as far.
This has been discussed ad nauseum
for the past few days.
Long story short, it's physically possible, assuming they are able to overcome some significant technical hurdles (such as making a more dense, non-toxic fill).
But it's pointless to speculate until we actually get to shoot some.