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Waters Rifleman
Tikka T3, T3X & Lithgow LA102 MAGAZINE

Your mag is sent without any form of lube.  A dry lube should be used internally, per details below…

Below is the latest instruction for assembly, care and maintenance for your Gen 5 Waters Rifleman T3, T3X and LA102 magazine…


Your WR mag should last you a long time.  This is the mag of choice by many champion shooters at national and international level, so you may want it to last, hence the need for care:

CHECK FIT:  The WR mag is made to 0.1 tolerances, and 0.15 to the mag release tang.  The rifle receiver, stock and floorplate may vary up to nearly 1mm.  The mag may be tight to insert and remove.  Remember, this is a precisely made magazine (perhaps too precise).  There are tolerances from rifle to rifle, and action take-down screws can be done up to different tension (sometimes too much).  If you think it will never improve, then simply use a smooth file and take 0.1mm increments out of the mag front latch locking tang, continuously testing fit as you go.

BED IN:  When you first purchase a WR mag, the follower may be "too sharp" or “too new”. The follower works best after it has cycled a few times to bed into the precise shape of mag internals. This will come with use, but this can be expedited by manually depressing and releasing the follower.


a)    CLEAN: Clean the mag internals with a suitable solvent, removing all grease and oil.

b)    DRY LUBE: Always dry-lube the internal of the mag.  Dry lube need be applied to FRONT and REAR internals of the mag well (should not be needed on the sides, but wouldn’t hurt).  The most common dry-lubes are Graphite powder, PTFE (Teflon) drying spray, or Silicone spray (non-greasy) drying.  Do not use oil, grease or similar.

c)    CHECK: Ensure the follower flows freely in both halves before putting together.  If it does not, there may be some foreign matter, damage, or the follower might be too new.  The follower and internals are made to a tight tolerance at 21deg C, so the follower may need to wear a little.  Expedite the wear by considering filing a little material out of front centre of the follower (so there is a convex curve to suite the front curve of mag internal).

d)    ANTISEEZE: Apply a tiny drop of an anti-seize to the clam screw threaded holes.  Or, apply a small drop of synthetic oil (do not allow to run into the mag internals).  The threads can “bind” due to Alum and SS electrolysis.  Oil and ammunition do not mix.

e)    SPRING DIRECTION:  Note, the spring tail at the top into the follower should point forwards, towards the front of the follower/mag (the base may be opposite facing, depending on mag model).

f)    ALIGN: Be sure to align the 2 body parts as best as you can.  There is 0.05mm play in the screw holes, so it may require some manual alignment as necessary.

g)   TIGHTEN: Screws should be done up pinch tight (do not over tighten).  Be sure there is no foreign matter in the threaded hole.  Apply a drop of synthetic oil or anti-seeze applied to screw or in thread hole first.

h)   TUNE: If you are heading to a world championship, and performance is critical, you might want to "tune" the performance of the stripping force by very fractionally re-forming the spring free length.  Be sure to NOT allow the spring to form a helical shape - twist with the coil direction while stretching.

- 223 6 shot                   80mm  Free Length
- 223 10 shot                 120 FL
- 308 6 shot                   120 FL
- 308 10 shot                 170 FL
- x55 & 3006 6 shot         120 FL
- x55 & 3006 10shot        170 FL/

i)   TEST: When assembled, test carefully.  Take any appropriate corrective action.  If in doubt, ask.


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