So as rust has progressed, there have been two noticeable issues.
Firstly, late game gets boring
Secondly, high tier weapons/armour are coming too quickly.
To curb the volume of aks/bolties on the server, they should be more difficult to make. How, in my opinion, is by making them only craftable at “crafting tables” at major landmarks like the airfield/dome.
This will make it risky, as it will be out in the open. It will also make landmarks even busier, making them really intense and exciting to venture too. The landmarks are generally so busy that even large clans will struggle to maintain control, making the whole situation interesting.