I like the one I got from EMF back in the 1980's. My is the brass frame, and I would suggest the steel frame is what you need. I think the conversion kit would be a neat thing to have like Samuel wrote! Makes it into a modern gun!
Clean the same day after shooting, it will seize up from the rust that the black powder causes. as per jimkim wrote, good Model!
Cleans up with soap and hot water, then pour boiling water over the gun parts. Wipe the gun parts down with oil.
The thing I like about the 1858 is the full frame design, the 1851 Colt I have is not as accurate due the less supported design [no top strap for strength].
Both guns are fun to shoot, dirt but fun!
This design is a classic as the top strap provided a vast
increase in design strength especially in a time when
metallurgy was not so advanced. As a personal preference,
I would choose a solid steel 1858 and pick one with
adjustable sights although this option is not true to the
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