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Lewis Lead Remover - Do I really need to buy the full kit?

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  1. Outlaw75

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    I've got a couple of .44-40WCF SAA type pistols and a lever gun in the same caliber. Could I just buy the Lewis rifle cleaner kit in .44 and a separate forcing cone in .44 and attach the whole shebang to a pistol cleaning rod? The only advantage that I see in buying the Lewis pistol kit is that the rod has a T handle where as my Dewey pistol rod doesn't.
     
  2. edwardware

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    No, you don't. In fact you don't need any of it.

    Buy a copper (check with a magnet) Chore Boy scrub pad at the grocery, wrap a bit of it around a defunct brush so it's tight in the bore, and live happily ever after.
     
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    I had great success using the Choreboy bronze scrubbers to remove lead (used with solvent, not dry), but sadly they are no longer made. I’m sure the copper scrubbers will do fine, I’ll find out after I use my last bronze scrubber (which will be soon).



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  6. ColtPythonElite

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    Chore Boy works fast and I use it when cleaning a leaded up barrel. However, the Lewis forcing cone attachment is great to clean up a badly leaded forcing cone.
     
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    This, it will literally strip pieces of lead out that will look like short pieces of Christmas tree tinsel....
     
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    The Lewis Kit is expensive but if you have to use it frequently is a good option. My GP100 fouls badly with lead so I use the Lewis lead remover kit to deal with it if I happen to shoot lead bullets. I've used Choreboy does work but not as well and be darned sure to get the pure copper variant as there is copper plated steel scrubbing pads out there--not good to use at all. There is also the Big 45 Frontier metal cleaner pad is better than Choreboy as well in my opinion. http://www.big45metalcleaner.com/
     
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    Yes, as others said copper chore boy is all you need and works best. Gun cleaning kits are a total waste of money, haven't used anything but choreboy, lead removing cloth (cleaning exterior of stainless revolvers), dowel rod (wood), clp, hoppes, qtips, toothpicks, cut up t shirt for over a decade. No one could ever tell that i dont use store bought kits.
     
  11. frogfurr

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    An old bronze brush wrapped with Chore-Boy is part of my cleaning kit. When it's needed it adds about 30 seconds to my total cleaning time.
     
  12. George P

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    With a little oil on the Chore Boy
     
  13. George P

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    The main issue is that MOST Chore Boys (and their cheap dollar store copies) are steel with a copper wash; hence the suggestion about carrying a magnet with you
     
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    Agree, I buy them on amazon, i usually get a year worth of cleaning from just one pad, get a few and you're good for years.
     
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    I'll have to check that out, I always bought mine in a better grocery where they had the actual copper ones (but $$$$)
     
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    Cheap enough on amazon, labeled properly online. When you recieve them however they are just stuck in a baggie i think cause they take them from a bulk pack. Screenshot_20191005-200948_Amazon Shopping.jpg
     
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    A funny little story with the Chore Boy Pads. Recently I stopped at a convenience store to get a drink and noticed behind the counter there was a Chore Boy display with pads about half the size that you see at Walmart or Grocery Store. I think they were a dollar each. I'm thinking great, the smaller size would be better and I could put a couple in my range bag and since I needed some anyway, I told the clerk to give me 10. He looked at me very strange and then asked if I said 10? I confirmed my purchase and heard a snicker behind me. Looking around I saw a young girl poking a guy in the ribs and sort of pointing at me. I'm thinking, what the hell? Don't these people wash dishes? I told the clerk that they worked great for cleaning guns and he looked at me even stranger. Anyway, I paid for my stuff and went home still thinking how weird the people acted. When I mentioned it to my girlfriend, she reminded me that's what the crack heads use in the glass tubes to smoke their crack rocks with. That's shy they are for sale at a convenience store!!! There I was buying gun cleaning material and unknowing the whole time I was being branded as one hell of a crack smoker!!! Glad my boss wasn't around. BTW, the Chore Boy Pads work 10 times better than my Lewis Lead Remover.
     
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  18. Outlaw75

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    Guess everyone better stock up on them, then. Probably won't be long before the government bans them.
     
  19. ColtPythonElite

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    I bought two 36 count boxes for 5 bucks each recently. I have enough for lead removing for the rest of my life.
     
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