I really appreciate the advice and taking the time to answer some questions. Being brand new to this, what is a conversion? Is it a black powder converted to a cartridge gun? I like the big boom but not sure how much I'd shoot it once I had it if it's a chore to load and I did read something where a lot of the Rangers would use a piece of rawhide and make a loop that could be slid back and forth to hold the loading rammer in place.
The weight doesn't bother me since I'm a pretty good sized guy and carrying it wouldn't be likely. I like my SAA's too much.
I also saw where Cabela's has a kit for $359. I think I'd enjoy assembling the kit but not sure about finishes. Are there some decent finishes that can be put on the gun at home? I'll take a look at the 1851 and 1860.