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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        130 FL
- 6BR/250    6 shot          130 FL
- 6BR/250    10 shot        170 FL
- 308           6 shot         130 FL
- 308          10 shot        170 FL
- x55 & 3006 6 shot         130 FL
- x55 & 3006 10shot        170 FL

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

FIT & FUNCTION:  We let uses of these magazines do the talking for us...and their comments thus far have been tremendously positive, with only a couple of exceptions.  We made these magazines for the fastidious shooter that wants the BEST match grade magazine available. Likewise, shooters of the Waters Rifleman mags are expected to have a fundamental understanding of how magazines work - understanding tolerances, movement due to temperature, round stacking geometry, etc.  This is precision equipment, which precision is key and will not be varied.

DOESN'T FIT.  There have been the odd occasion where shooters, mostly of the 223 synthetic Tikka T3, have had the odd issue of the magazine not latching/clicking in place easily.  Note we have NOT had this issue with the Lithgow LA102 or any other Tikka T3 rifles and the other size WR magazines.  We believe this is due to an intolerance of the rifle stock during moulding, or possibly swelling from moisture,  or by over tightening of the stock take-down screws at the factory, or other things.  Also, some shooters are bedding their receivers, increasing the height of the receiver from the floor of stock.  Because our mags are made to spec plus or minus 0.1mm, and from billet aluminium that won't have dramatic change, the only option is to file off material from bottom of latch tang on front of mag in 0.1mm increments until it clicks in.  Don't worry about removing the black, as this will thin out with regular use anyway.  The alternative is to shim the floorplate with some alum can material.  There is nothing wrong with the mag.  Again, precision to a standard can result in issues due to variance in the rifle.  Part of the game...

TIGHT IS BEST: Ensuring a tight and solid fit keeps your repeater rifle as close to par as possible to a bolt action single shot rifle.  Tight and solid assembly and fixing keeps harmonic vibration even through the whole rifle, and helps dampen the vibration quicker (no intensity spots - hence why BR rifles have the receivers glued in, etc).

MARKING AND SACRIFICE: This magazine is made of metal.  Metal on metal will always result in witness marks.  Use of the WR mag will result in witness marks on the aluminium magazine body.  This is always going to happen, and is preferred to protect undue wear in the more expensive receiver.    The sacrificial wear areas are the front latch tang, rear top flat where mating the trigger front tension leaf spring, and the top rear pivot corners.  If you don't like the silver that will show due to wear and fit, try touching up with black...


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