SmokinJoe, I've never shot one of the colt clones before but I may look into one of the open tops someday soon...an 1860 with a 5 1/2 in barrel comes to mind.
Excellent choice Sir!!!! I personally only own the longer barrels, but I'm sure the 5 1/2 will do perfectly as well!
That is one mighty fine looking loading stand that Tom has there. I like using my revolver's onboard loading lever and have suffered no detectable wear or tear from it's use.