The Beautiful Waters Rifleman T3 Magazines for Tikka Rifles

Just over a week ago I blogged about David Waters, the CMP Distinguished shooters from Australia, who was fired by Goodyear after a co-worker visited his office and took her target rifle out of her car. The blog post attracted 350 comments and I hope came to the attention of Goodyear (USA).

I was not aware that David, and engineer by training, also manufactures rifle magazines. An Australian reader emailed me a link to the Australian International High Power Association who sell David’s Tikka magazines.

David's magazine vs. Tikka 5 Round Magazine.

David’s magazine vs. Tikka 5 Round Magazine.

These beautiful magazines for the Sako (Beretta) Tikka T3 rifles are made from 6061-T6 aluminium with a flat grey hard anodised finish. They can be disassembled for cleaning. They hold 10 rounds compared to the 5 rounds of Beretta Tikka T3 extended magazines but are not a lot larger.

They are premium luxury magazines and are priced as such. The .223 Base Cartridge model (223 Remington, 222 Remington Magnum, 6×47, 204 Ruger, 17 Remington) sells for $123 USD (at today’s exchange rate). For comparison the factory plastic magazines costs an exorbitant $70 from the Beretta store.

The .308 Base Cartridge model (308 Win, 260 Rem, 7mm-08, 6/08 (608), 6XC, 6×47 Lapua, 243 Win) sells for $137.

They are shipped internationally. Currently they are sold out with a new batch expected next month (December 2015).

Mr. Waters recommends dry lube on the follower (made from Nylon). The reader who sent this in told us that when loading the magazine it is important to put pressure on the center of the magazine, not the front or rear to avoid binding.

Here at TFB Thomas Gomez, Rusty and myself are all big fans of the Tikka T3 Lite rifles. In my opinion they represent the best value bolt action on the market. They are accurate, have good factory triggers and weigh a lot less than rifles in the same price range (a Tikka T3 Lite weighs about 1 lb less than a Remington 700). My Tikka T3 is chambered in 7mm-08 and is suppressed with a Zeiss scope.

Thanks to Tassiebush for the tip.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • As much as I love supporting other gun owners, 100USD+ for a magazine is a bit much.

    • JSmath

      I’m not about to buy ’em, especially given I don’t any Tikka’s, but I’d still consider it honestly, considering the quality, and what’s essentially an absence of competition.

    • WT

      Well the average price in Australia is AUD$200 for a new 30rd PMAG…..if you can find them.

      • James in Australia

        Just priced a 10 round Savage HMR magazine at my local gunshop. $75AU……

    • Tassiebush

      To put price in context, mine cost me virtually the same as a Tikka five round factory magazine would (local prices might vary) so it’s a vastly superior choice given the quality and capacity.

    • micmac80

      If you take a good look its an magazine machined out of 2 halves of billet aluminum as opposed to stamped steel or injection molded plastics.

    • raz-0

      Hmm lets see:

      tikka t3 5 round mag? $42.

      AICS compatible 5 round magazine from SI – $92 prior to magpul yanking the bottom of the market out form under them. After $67.

      ditto but 10 rounds = $128/$79

      Magpul AICs compatible mag 10 rounds $38

      CZ750 10 reound mag $128.

      Savage arms 10 rounder – $90

      Considering those are all stamped steel, the price for some pretty billet aluminum ones seems not so bad.

  • Jack Burton

    Beautiful indeed. Almost makes me want to go buy a Tikka.

  • Rusty S.

    You can count me in as an official TFB Tikka T3 fan as well! It’s my go-to rifle for filling the freezer.

    • Welcome to the Elite TFB Writers Tikka Fan Club!

    • Thomas Gomez

      Welcome Rusty!

    • I have two…my deer rifle is a T3 Lite in .308 with suppressor and Zeiss scope.

      My goat rifle is T3 Varmint with a bigger Zeiss scope in .22-250.

      I will be getting a couple of these mags for sure…as they are interchangeable…and having 20 rounds on hand for goats is handy.

  • Don Ward

    I’ve got a T3 as my primary bolt action hunting rifle and I am very intrigued. The price is a bit steep but for a one-off purchase, I’m not completely scared off. Time will tell. Yes, time will tell.

    • realistically they will last a very long time. I am considering it, but… money is tight.

      • GaryOlson

        Money is fast, loose, slippery, easy come easy go, dirty, and evil. Wallets, spouses, and fists are tight.

  • Giolli Joker

    And now I discover that rifle magazines can be sexy…

    • The iPhone of bolt action magazines?

      • GaryOlson

        Sexy…not overhyped pedestrian bling.

    • Tassiebush

      I like snuggling up to mine 😉

  • Thomas Gomez

    Tikkas are amazing rifles. Nice magazines!

  • Tassiebush

    One of the great things about these is that they can accommodate a very long projectile which ordinarily wouldn’t be able to feed through the standard factory magazine. For example in .223 it can fit 80grain projectiles. It lets you use the rifle to it’s full potential if it’s the 1in 8″ twist.

  • Anon

    It reminds me vaguely of a NES cartridge

  • Goody

    I’d love one of these, but seriously ONE HUNDRED & 90 DOLLARIDOOS??!??!1

    With NO WARRANTY?!?!?!!

    American readers note, Australian consumer law mandates a 1 year warranty on every product used for its intended purpose. While I disagree with protectionist laws on principal I think it’s a dog act to offer ZERO warranty on a product at that price.

  • Andrew Hobby

    they are gorgeous but one just tinnnnnyyy… oh-so-minor complaint.

    It is a pet peeve of mine when phillips/posi-drive head screws are used for anything requiring dis-assembly as a normal part of its maintenance. Inevitably over time as you cam out out of the screw head, it gets stripped. Some oh-so-sexy button head socket screws in there would be lovely.

    • MR

      That’d be one application where I’d consider using Torx screws. Don’t over torque ’em, or expose them to too many corrosive environmental factors, they ought to be fine.

  • hydepark

    Does anyone ever proof-read these articles? I would gladly volunteer my time and English skills if that’s what it takes. There are at least a dozen errors in this short post. What gives?

  • iksnilol

    Could this work in a Sako 85?

    Are there any 10 rounders for the Sako 85 rifles? I am interested in the carbonlight but I want a 10 round mag. Is there possibly a bottom metal conversion to use AICS mags?

  • Josh Callejas

    I dunno, Tikkas look cool, but i think as far as budget rifles go I’ll stick with the Ruger American.

  • Arch

    This is great news. I have two Tikka T3 lites – a 30-06 Springfield for my grandson and a 243 Winchester for his girlfriend. They are both great guns. One suggestion if you buy a large bore Tikka T3 lite, get a good recoil pad like a limbsaver.

    I also have some Brownings and Wearherby Mk Vs that have beautiful walnut stocks and engraving, but I’m almost afraid to take them out into the woods. Not so he Tikka. Born of Sako steel, they are mechanically every bit as good but cost about 1/3 what you pay for the wall decoration rifles. The synthetic stocks don’t scratch easily.