Regarding Colt, I think some people would say they are the quintissential example of paying for the name BUT ironically, its also basically the best name. A perfect catch 22...
I would also consider a Dan Wesson. I don't have one but a friend of mine does and I've read nothing but good reviews about them. Also remember that CZ owns dan wesson and CZ makes quality arms. A good company for DW to be owned by.
Winchester 73, the TFL user that won the west