So many Tikka T3, T3X and Lithgow LA102 Crossover rifle owners in Australia, and around the world, want a metal magazine for their rifle but metal or steel magazines for these rifles either don't exist, don't work, still lock shooters down to short overall round bullet load lengths, don't hold more than a few rounds, are not suitable for 5, 6 and 10 shot matches, waste a lot of your hard-earned money, or a LOT of modification is required to the rifle to retro-fit other aftermarket alternatives. Waters Rifleman magazines allow shooters of Tikka T3 T3x and Lithgow LA102 standard rifle platforms can keep their rifle as factory issue for flexibility and simplicity, but reliably enjoy a metal magazine - a metal magazine with 5/6 or 10 shot capacity, with extended load length (extra length inside the magazine to hold longer loaded ammo).
- Models specifically designed for the Tikka T3, T3X family of rifles and the Lithgow LA102.
- Made of light weight 6061-T6 aluminium.
- Coating is HARD anodised (not decorative anodise) black finish (may be some variation in colour from batch to batch).
- 10 round capacity of the given SAAMI specified dimensions of cartridges for the named cartridge suitable to the magazine (ie. the magazine will
hold less for larger cases).
- Can be disassembled for easy cleaning and maintenance (recommended).
- Reliable Stainless Steel coil spring.
- Deep side wall followers to reduce tipping and jamming (stove piping).
- Extended length internals to allow longer rounds with longer bullets or bullets seated out further (eg. 80 grain projectiles in a .223 case).
- Reliable loading and feeding.
- No more plastic magazine issues - plastic premature wearing, rounds "sticking up", "stove piping", mis-feeding, over-riding, etc.
- A very cost effective solution for a 10 round quality magazine - no modifications for mags to insert.
- NOTE: A small amount of dry lube on the mag internals considerably reduces friction with the spring and follower - PTFE sprays and Silicon
sprays (non-greasy) have all be used successfully. Graphite powder might be best, but consider the environment it's being used in. We
don't pre-lube internals due to some shooter preferences. We do recommend something be used to ensure longevity and the best possible
operation of the magazine.
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. Your magazine should be maintained.
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... Your magazine should be maintained.
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...
Increased Overall Load Length (OAL) from factory 59mm to approx 61mm (2.4"). Mass approx 10 shot 145 grams.
This magazine was SPECIFICALLY designed for use in the Lithgow LA102 and Tikka T3 with the 223 Remington cartridge, and will suit any variants of the 223 family. A much better choice for those that use factory ammo typically loaded to approx 2.25".
This mag also feeds the 222 Rem cartridge as standard. The 204 Ruger cartridge will feed at reduced capacity.
The 204 Ruger and 17 Remington using very long seated bullets may work while magazine not loaded to capacity after a minor alterations to the follower. If in doubt of being suitable to your needs, email and ask FIRST... Note, 204 cases result in reduced capacity.
|Magazine||223 2.4"||223 2.6"||223 Medium 2.4"||223 Long 2.6"|
|Tikka T3 & T3x||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Lithgow LA102||Not recommended||Not recommended||Yes||Not recommended|
|Finish||Black Anodised||Black Anodised||Black Anodised||Black Anodised|
|Fasteners||S/S 304||S/S 304||S/S 304||S/S 304|
|Follower||Black Acetyl||Black Acetyl||Black Acetyl||Black Acetyl|
|Depth (max) mm||69||69||96||96|
|OAL rounds max||61mm (2.4")||66mm (2.6")||61mm (2.4")||66mm (2.6")|
|Cartridges (Cap)||223 based||223 based||223 based||223 based|
|223 (6)||223 (6)||223 (10)||223 (10)|
|223 family (6)||223 family (6)||223 family (10)||223 family (10)|
|222 Rem (6)||222 Mag (6)||222 Rem (10)||222 Mag (10)|
|** 204 (6)||222 Mag family (6)||** 204 (8-9)||222 Mag family (10)|
|Notes||** Stack angle changes slightly after 5 rounds.||** Not recommended for 204 without very small follower modification to load max 8 to 9 rounds. User discretion.|