OK. My two cents on this. I started with a 1860 Colt army and I do mean Colt . Loved the gun. Shot great. Easy to clean. Do not like the way the Rems. feel or look. My preferance. Nothing wrong with them. It's just that I do not like the feel or look of them.
Have both a caplock and flinter in .50. Love both but would take the flinter any day. just something about it that apeels to me. Start with a caplock and when comterble with it go for the flinter.