alan tani @ fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Jigmaster 500/501 to 505/506 comparison
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« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2021, 01:34:35 AM »

The PG 545 has a bigger capacity than a 501 due to the deeper/taller spool.  It's more like the capacity of a 545 GS or Penn 99 Silver Beach/Jigmaster conversion.

 You must be thinking of a different reel Mark. I can use jigmaster accurate magnum sideplates and a PG545 spool to make a 501 magnum. The 501 & 545 spools are identical except for the spool shaft
PG 545 spool is 1 3/4”, I think the Penn 501/Newell 322 is 1 5/8”.
99 Jigmaster/Newell 332 is 2 1/8”
Jigmaster 500/Newell 338 is 2 7/16”

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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2021, 01:54:27 AM »

I like the sound of the DD bridge for drop in.  I'll do some homework on the spool.  Kinda confusing right now.  Lotta info in there.  Thanks for the direction.  Appreciate it much
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« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2021, 03:59:46 AM »

 Check out the pro gear section thread now being discussed about increasing drag on a 505&506 and spool shaft flex when Bryan installed a 5 stack. Start by reading page 1.

 The spool shaft flex is likely due to the extra long shaft on the 505&506. Bryan says the spool started rubbing at 15#
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« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2021, 07:47:53 PM »

Greg thanks, this is a good post with lots of info, contributed by many of you.
     I just brought a Jigmaster 500, although it looks rough, it works great, just the reel for using on the boat, keep the flasher looking reels for the shelf.
     I actually run out of braid for it, managed to get 330M or new 8 strand multi colour braid on it, 60 Lbs, so I still have room for a mono top shot.
     thanks to everyone, cheers Don.

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« Reply #34 on: May 04, 2021, 11:39:55 PM »

My first ever conventionals were a Jigmaster 500, then a 320gti, then a squidder 140 I got in trade for the 320.  I still have them in perfect condition. (One of the benefits of knowing a guy named Tani all those years ago).  I have two like new 506's that I got and never used.  I have a like new 209 I bought for my son when he was little, fishing in the bay with me.

I still have a 146 NIB.  I still love holding them to admire the solid feel Penn built in to all that era reels

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