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October 20, 2008, 12:41
Will a 500 barrel work with a 590a1? want to buy a slug barrel for my shotty.
October 20, 2008, 14:34
Yes, they will as long as the 500 barrel was for the 8 shot 500 series.
There are 5-6 and 8-9 shot barrels for the basic 500 series- 590 and 590a1 use the 8-9 shot barrel.
The difference is in the lockup of the barrel to the magazine tube; the 590/500 8-9shot ones slide over the tube and have a locking magazine cap at the end of the tube and the 5-6 shot 500 series lock at the end of the ring that holds the barrel to the mag tube.
FYI- you can also fit a lower cap mag tube and barrel onto a 590 receiver if you want to. Just need both the lower cap tube and lower cap style barrel- can't interchange capacity tubes and barrels due to the linkage issue cited above.
The nice part is that unlike some remingtons the m500/590 tube isn't welded/soldered in; you can just unscrew it, sometimes with a strap wrench if it's being silly.
Just make sure that when you put the mag tube back on that you have it in the right way- I always thought that they were the same on either end but when I had my 590 vang comp'd I was informed otherwise. Still seems the same to me but what do I know.
Hope this helps!
October 20, 2008, 20:27
good info, thanks
November 05, 2008, 13:05
500 and 590 bbl do not mount the same 590 has a screw on cap 500 screws into the mag tube
November 07, 2008, 15:27
The barrels can be swapped, but you have to change the magazine tubes in order to do it.
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