The Sig Sauer Company was founded in Switzerland way back in the 1850’s and has been a long time manufacturer of pistols for the Swiss military as well as law enforcement agencies. The company is now headquartered in New Hampshire here in the USA but still has manufacturing facilities in Switzerland and Italy as well as here in the USA. Their pistols have had a stellar reputation for decades now and with such notable groups such as the US Navy SEALs, US Air Marshalls and others all using their firearms, their popularity and product line have been growing. The Sig Sauer rifles include several different lines such as their 5.56 and 7.62 combat rifles, Sauer hunting rifles, and Blaser rifles. For a long time a part of their rifle line has been the SSG 3000 sniper rifle, but the SSG 3000 has gone through some recent changes. One was that the production of the SSG 3000 was going to be moved from Germany, where many of the Sig firearms are manufactured, to the USA. This change of manufacturing location also included a change to the actual synthetic stock and one other major change, the price. The price on the SSG 3000 actually dropped from about $2500, to less than $1500 MSRP. This was a surprise and it meant that the SSG 3000 became a player in the low-mid range tactical rifles.

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The Sig Sauer SSG 3000 comes in its own hard case from the factory with the typical assortment of new rifle documentation including an owner’s manual and warranty information as well as some minor spare parts, a nice tactical cleaning kit, various Allen wrenches for rifle maintenance and something we always like to see with a rifle, a factory test target fired at 100 meters. It is nice to see rifle manufacturers willing to stand behind their products and provide accuracy proof. Once the case was opened we began to take a more detailed look at the rifle itself and one thing that jumped out at us was that the barrel was labeled, “Made in Germany”. Our understanding was that the new SSG 3000 would be manufactured in the USA, so we are assuming that Sig had some existing inventory they needed to clear out from the German made rifles and that eventually the manufacturing will move to the USA factory. There is another possibility is that the barreled actions will continue to be made in Germany and then final mating of the barreled actions to the stock will be, or is currently being done, in the USA. But since the test target was labeled in German and was shot at 100 meters and not yards, we concluded that this actual completed rifle was manufactured in Germany.

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If you look at the image above, that image is of the original previous generation Sig Sauer SSG 3000, now compare that to the other images on this page of the current SSG 3000 and you will see some of the differences. The shape of the stock is similar, but with differences to include ventilation holes in the older stock, there were also auxiliary sights on the old rifle, but not the new. So there are definite differences between the old and new rifles and we will look at all of the details of the new rifle.

The stock on the new SSG 3000 is made of a type of Polymer, or hard plastic, but do not confuse this with a cheaper flexible plastic that one might find on the cheaper stocks from Remington, like on their SPS rifles, or even a Choate stock. The plastic/polymer is much more firm and solid and feels quiet durable. No it is not a laid up fiberglass stock like a McMillan or a composite Kevlar material like HS Precision, but it is solid and should hold up well. The buttstock itself has a rubber recoil pad but it also has a spacer system that allows for adjusting the length of pull by adding or removing spacers. Here at Sniper Central we tend to prefer spacer system setups versus the adjustable setups that use screws or knobs, the reason is because the spacer systems give a more solid foundation that is not going to move over time. Granted, they are much more difficult and time consuming to adjust the length of pull (LOP), but once set, there is no worry about them moving.

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The SSG3000 also has an adjustable cheekpiece that adjusts up and down. The way the adjustment is made is by pressing in two buttons on either side of the lower portion of the cheekpiece itself. Both of these buttons need to be pressed simultaneously, which sometimes proved to be difficult. The buttons have a strong spring resistance and it can take some effort to get both of them pressed in fully in order to adjust the cheekpiece. They then have to continue to be held in while the cheekpiece is moved up or down. Once the buttons are released, they will lock into one of several grooves that will keep the cheekpiece from moving up or down. While it is somewhat of a pain to adjust, it is a solid cheekpiece that did not move during our testing once it was secured in place. We cannot say the same for the saddle style adjustable cheekpieces found on McMillan stocks.

Just behind the cheekpiece there are flush cup receivers on both sides of the stock and combined with the same flush cups up on the forearm, it allows the SSG3000 to be used with flush cup compatible slings, and we especially like the fact that they are on the left and right sides which allows for the rifle to lay flat on its side when slung on the back of an operator. Just one of those little things that you normally do not think about until you are operating out in the field and notice how the rifle slings comfortably. The first thoughts about the stock are that it is cheap, but once we started noticing some of these types of features and the fact that the stock is quiet solid, our opinion changed a bit.

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The pistol grip on the SSG 3000 is nearly vertical and it fills the hand nicely. It does not have the large palm swells found on some other stocks, but it is very nicely contoured to fit the hand very well. There is some rough texturing on the pistol grip area to provide a good no slip surface for the firing hand as well. There is a deep depression where the thumb wraps around the back of the grip that further enhances the comfort and position of the hand; it is nearly as much of a pistol grip as is found on an AR or other battle rifle. The placement of the hand is setup very well to place the trigger in the proper location to allow a straight back trigger pull.

The action of the SSG3000 is also a unique arrangement as it has a flat mounting area at the rear of the action where it is mated to the stock, but as you can see in the picture below, the trigger mechanism and the DBM arrangement all combine to make a single mechanism. The bottom of the action is somewhat of a block that is solid and provides a solid area for the stock and action to be joined. This flat area does necessitate that the stock be squared off to match it just above the pistol grip. Around the trigger and DBM mechanism the stock maintains a fairly wide and blocky shape before tapering to the forearm.

In front of the magazine and action the stock narrows and actually has an indention on either side of the forearm. The forearm narrows and is not as wide as many modern sniper rifle stocks. The forearm is also taller than many other flatter stock designs like the McMillan A5 which makes the rifle not quite as solid when shooting from a sandbag. The forearm thickens up a little where the flushcups are located and the forearm itself is quiet stiff with no flex, which eliminates concerns of the stock touching the barrel. The barrel is free floating all the way back to the action and there are also two swivel studs to be used for a sling and bipod and the flush cups on either side. Also on each side of the forearm is a rail mounting area to attach small picatinny rails to.

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The literature from Sig Sauer, both printed and on the web, indicates that the stock has aluminum bedding and we were curious as to the style and size of the bedding block so we decided to go ahead and remove the barreled action from the stock to see what we might find. Another practical feature with the SSG3000, is the modular design which is talked about in the user manual for the rifle. The barrel is designed to be easily swapped out in a matter of minutes, to include a .22 LR training kit that can be used. Part of the modular design is the ability to remove the stock easily, which really isn’t hard on most rifles, and it was not hard on the SSG. Just two stock retention bolts are used; one at the front of the trigger guard, but then the second actually comes up through the pistol grip. You have to remove the cap from the bottom of the pistol grip and then the rear bolt is accessible. While this design works fine, it does provide a problem for aftermarket stock manufacturers and it also provides an extra step to go through if an operator wanted to just check the torque of the screws holding the stock and action together.

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As can be seen in the picture below, it appears that there is no bedding or aluminum bedding block and we initially reported that the stock did not have the claimed bedding block. But we have since been informed and discovered that there is in fact an aluminum bedding block, but it is covered with the synthetic material rather than having the barreled action mount directly against the aluminum. The mating of the stock to the action is solid and it is a tight fit. The polymer plastic will also not alter shape with changing weather conditions. Do notice the three bolts in the picture below at the lower part of the action where the barrel mates up to it, these bolts are used to hold the barrel in place and is what allows for rapid barrel replacement.

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The trigger guard is a sturdy aluminum trigger guard that also incorporates the detachable magazine. The guard itself is wide and oversized to allow gloved fingers plenty of room to operate the trigger. You will notice in the images that there are holes in the guard itself, these are to allow the small wrenches access to adjust the trigger, which itself is adjustable for takeup and weight of pull. The trigger is a two stage trigger which has a lighter first stage, measured at 2 pounds, and it has perhaps a quarter of an inch or travel before the second stage. After the first stage has been taken up, there is additional resistance at the second stage of the trigger and then once that has been overcome, the firing pin is released. The manual indicates weight on the second stage is set at the factory at 3.3 lbs, when we measured it on the test rifle; it was slightly more than that at 3.5 pounds. The trigger itself brakes very cleanly and the trigger feel through both stages is very good. We like two stage triggers on combat sniper rifles and this is one of the nicer ones we have used and we have no real complaints about it.

The detachable magazine is a single stack five round magazine that is a bit tall, but due to the designed shape of the stock, it fits flush into the deep belly of the stock beneath the action. There is a press button just in front of the magazine that is reachable to press with the pointer finger while the operator holds the base of the magazine. The magazine drops freely without any problems and when placed back into the magazine-well and pressed up, it snaps positively in place leaving no doubt when it is locked in place. The skinny magazine-well can be a little tricky at times to feed the magazine into, but overall it is a functional design.

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The action itself is fairly large when compared to the likes of a Remington, but it is solid and durable and one would imagine quiet stiff. It is easy to see where the action begun life as a large diameter round piece of bar stock but has been shaved on the sides into a triangle profile which adds to the impression of stiffness and durability. To help further with the stiffness of the action the ejection port is a smaller closed design that is solid on top, as opposed to the open top style actions like the Remington 700. This makes it harder to single feed and to reach in and stealthily eject a case, but it also aides for keeping foreign objects out of the action and more importantly, it does add stiffness to the action, which is always good for accuracy. In front of the ejection port the action tapers smoothly back out into its round profile where the barrel fits into the action. On top of the action is an integral zero MOA rail for mounting a scope. A 15 or 20 MOA cant would be nice, but this shortcoming can be addressed in several ways such as the selected scope or ring/adapter selection.

The bolt has six locking lugs aligned into two rows of three which allows the bolt to have a short 60 degree bolt rotation. The shorter rotation makes it easier to cycle the bolt, especially rapidly. The knob is actually a round hard resin (not really sure what the material is) type ball and it is nicely sized and easy to operate. When the bolt is closed there is a cocking indicator at the back of the bolt shroud which is a good quick indicator if the rifle is ready to fire. The bolt is finished in polished steel on the main bolt body and black on the rest. The action is precisely machined as is the bolt which slides and cycles very smoothly as a result. One downside to the polished bolt body is that we have experienced a fair amount of flash rusting on the polished part of the bolt. The light rust always wipes away easily with a dry cloth, but a light coat of oil is needed anytime the rifle is stored for more than a day. There is also a safety on the right side of the rear tang on the action. When that safety is pressed down it locks everything up and prevents firing the rifle as well as cycling the bolt. When the safety is pressed down, a protrusion comes down in front of the trigger inside of the trigger guard. The trigger finger can then press that protrusion up to take the rifle off of safe.

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The barrel is a medium-heavy barrel that is 23.6″ long, excluding the flash hider. There are 4 lands and grooves with a 1:11″ right hand twist, though there is a little confusion to the rate of twist as the manual actually indicates a 1:12″ twist while the other specifications from Sig say 1:11″. The contour of the barrel starts off heavy and then tapers down to a more medium weight barrel. There is also a flash hider on the end of the barrel but it is more for decoration and for mounting the optional barrel band than it is for hiding flash. Be aware that it is NOT a muzzlebrake and does not reduce felt recoil. The barrel is, however, threaded with a 5/8-24 tpi which is the most common threading for a suppressor so you can always remove the flash hider and attach a suppressor as needed. The finish on the barrel and receiver is a matte black bluing finish that is nicely done and is deeper, or thicker, than the standard Remington SPS or other lower cost off the shelf factory rifle.

Overall the rifle does have a plastic feel to it when holding the stock, but the plastic is hard and solid and I doubt it is actually a traditional plastic. The rifle does have some weight to it, over 12 pounds without optics, and while the length of pull might be a little short, it can be addressed by adding some additional spacers to the rear of the rifle. The bolt operates smooth and the trigger is nice. With the examination of the rifle complete, it was time to test the accuracy and see how it performs!

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For the shooting portions of the test we mounted a Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm scope using IOR steel 35mm rings directly to the integral Sig rail. At the front of the rail there is a spot where the aforementioned barrel band attaches to. There was plenty of room with the rail to mount the scope and with the larger 35mm tube and 56mm objective; the scope did sit up more than we typically like. The cheekpiece was then adjusted to the proper height to allow a good cheek weld. As we mentioned earlier, the adjustable cheekpiece is intended to be quick and easy, but it is a bit of a pain and it does take a little bit of effort to get to set to just where you want it. Once it was, it remained set and firm for all the shooting sessions.

The test target that shipped with the rifle had a five shot group that measured .436″ center to center so heading into the shooting portion of the test we knew what the rifle should be capable of. We are not sure if Sig uses a rifle vice when firing their test groups, but it did provide a goal for us to strive for. The shooting tests were conducted during late winter so the temperatures were in the low to mid thirties and typically it was cloudy with occasional light snow, but the winds were calm during all the shooting sessions. To test the ultimate accuracy of the rifle at 100 yards we use a sandbag up front and a sand sock in the rear. For the Sig, we selected a variety of different ammo that included the standard Federal Gold Medal Match 168gr, HSM 168gr AMAX Match, HSM M118LR 175gr and a 168gr Swiss P match load. The results are listed below.

Ammo Average Best Average MOA
Federal Gold Medal Match 168gr 0.850″ .665″ 0.81 MOA
HSM 168gr AMAX Match 0.678″ .575″ 0.65 MOA
Swiss P 168gr HPBT Match 0.509″ .308″ 0.49 MOA
HSM M118LR Equiv 175gr Match 0.587″ .345″ 0.56 MOA

As is evident from the results above, the rifle shot very well for an off the shelf factory produced rifle for under $1500 USD. Surprisingly it shot the excellent Federal Gold Medal Match ammo the worst, but it was still well under 1 MOA. The rifle really seemed to love the Swiss P ammo with it having both the best ultimate group as well as the best average with an average group size under .5 MOA. Perhaps there is some connection with the European ammo combined with a European rifle! It was also nice to see the heavier 175gr ammo shoot very well through the rifle as well. Shooting at longer ranges resulted in continued impressive performance with the rifle maintaining the expected accuracy and when combined with the very nice Leupold Mk8 optics it was a very effective combination at all ranges within the capability of the .308 cartridge.

Recoil was well managed with the weight of the rifle, but the flash hider is not a muzzle brake and does not reduce the felt recoil. It was good to see that the flash hider did not have any ports on the bottom that would kick up dirt and dust to give away a snipers position. For this preliminary test we did not try a suppressor and I suspect we may do so in the future. With the lighter weight barrel I fully expect the point of impact to shift considerably when a suppressor is hung on the end, but I also expect accuracy to remain excellent.

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The two stage trigger is very nice and one of the highlights of the rifle. It is similar to the excellent Sako TRG triggers and can be used without problems and quiet effectively, even with gloves on. The trigger weight is just about right for a combat oriented sniper rifle, it is not too light to be dangerous in the field, but is light enough to allow accurate shooting. The long take up on the first stage is just right and then, even through gloves, the weight and feel of the second stage is felt and is smooth. The short 60 degree bolt throw is also a nice feature and allowed for quick bolt manipulation. The single stack magazine is tall for only holding 5 rounds, but it fed without a problem during all of our tests including rapid bolt manipulation.

The cheekpiece on the rifle is not the most comfortable and on top of that, it has to be retracted down to its lowest setting in order to remove the bolt from the rifle for routine cleaning. Then the operator has to wrestle with it again to get it to the proper setting, at least, you hope it is the same as it was last time. Perhaps a little bit of nail polish or some other way to mark an indicator line on the stock where the preferred cheekpiece setting is located would be a help here. The safety on the rifle is different and unique, but it was no problem to manipulate once it was understood how it works. Removing the bolt is also different, with the bolt handle raised; engage the safety by pushing it down, and then the bolt just slides out of the rear of the action. Of course, if the bolt is down, then the safety locks it in place. These are all unique and different than normal operating procedures, but once learned; they are effective and work without problem.

So what is the final verdict on the rifle? That is a fine question. There is no arguing with the accuracy and performance of the rifle, it shot very well with several different types of ammo and the modularity of the rifle allows for some interesting capabilities. Supposedly one can pick up a match grade .260 barrel from Sig and within minutes have a .5 MOA .260 rifle. This does allow for making in the field repairs easy as well. The rifle is comfortable, but the team would have to get used to the rifle as it comes from the factory since after market accessories such as new stock designs will probably be few and far between. If you like the rifle as it is, then it certainly is worth taking a look at. The polished bolt does need to be oiled regularly to prevent flash rusting, but that is just a part of routine maintenance, and the documentation needs to be cleaned up and the features clarified from Sig. The stock is adjustable so it can be made to fit just about any shooter, but the shape of the stock is a bit different and some shooters think it has an odd shooting position with a shorter than average length of pull, but we did not notice this and it is correctable with additional spacers. So it really comes down to whether you like the rifle as is, if so, give it a shot.

Sniper Central – 2014

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47 Comments

edwin.acevedo

Update: Sig Sauer are no longer making the SSG 3000 available for 2015. No more SSG 3000. Via telephone conversation with Sig Sauer. They said it was a German political decision.

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Mel Ewing

Well that is a bit of bad news! We like the SSG3000, very capable rifle for the money. Perhaps they will bring it back later. Thanks for the update

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Rtype

That is for US market? Because I did no hear anything about new SSG 3000 in europe would would end production.

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Mel Ewing

Yes, seems to be for USA market only…. I thought they had plans of building them over here, but thats appears to not have happened.

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Van VanDykeq

Are you saying no more made in Germany or no more made period……..Production of this rifle shifted to the US with substantial reduction in price, for civilians, and we were led to believe that production would continue, albeit without the McMillian stock which added about $900.00 to the retail cost.
So, which is it, no more SSG 300 rifles at all, or….????

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Mel Ewing

We understand that they are still being produced in Europe, but none in the USA. The barreled actions, even on the USA SSG3000s, were built in Germany and it appears that they were mated to the USA stock over here. (We are not positive on that). But without the barreled actions being imported, no joy on the USA rifles.

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Rustydog42

Many of the features remind me of the Savage line of bolt action rifles; synthetic stock, adjustable triggers, free floated barrel, aluminum bedding. The difference is in the quality of the components. This is clearly a rifle built to withstand hard use and remain very, very accurate. For the price, SIG has nailed it.

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Mel Ewing

Yeah, savage really isn’t comparable beyond similar materials used to make them.

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Van VanDyke

If it it’s true that no more will be made available to the US market, (no dealers)..If this rifle continues to be produced in Europe , is it available for import to individual buyers in the US through FFL dealers or is import totally prohibited??
This should have been addressed to Mel, as I’m sure what he says is accurate….always has been.

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Mel Ewing

As far as we understand it (and we might be mistaken) the rifles will continue to be produced in Europe but will not be imported via SIG USA.

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Dan D'ALL

Sig SSG 3000 18″ barrel, Harris Bipod, brake, sand sock, S&B 5x25x56 PM11 scope, Hornady .308 WIN 165 gr. SST Superformance best .61 MOA @ 100 yds. . The gun is a nail driver at 100yds, the comment about the smooth bolt and oiling is right on. Too bad if they quit selling it here. The scope may be over kill but I’m getting old and I’ll take edge I can get away with.

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Mel Ewing

Very interesting bit of information that looks legit. The next big question will be if they are imported into the USA. The GRS company that will make that new SSG3000 is located in Norway.

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HRSMN51

The guys at Mountain Tactical are GRS dealers and have the bullthorn stock on hand as of Friday. Really nice chassis. The one they had was long action for a Tikka

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MARK

I grabbed a SSG 3000 at my local Wal-Mart on a close out. $1000. Had the Made In Germany on it. Still trying to decide what scope to put on it. Any suggestions? What do you think about Vortex?

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Mel Ewing

There are a lot of good options but the big determining factor will be your budget. I like the higher end Vortex scopes, PST, Razor, etc. They are solid

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Lee White

I love my SSG 3000, the only issue I have is the cheek rest. Every time I fire a shot the cheek rest drops a notch or two. I can’t seem to figure out how to fix this.

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Patrick

I put a Zeiss Rapid Z 1000 on that baby and have never been disappointed. It’s the most scary accurate rile I own next to the Savage BA 110 in .300 win mag. The load I make for this rifle is the 168 Hornady AMAX / 44gr of IMR4640/ cci BR-2 primers. Drops deer and tears up bulls eyes. Good shooting to you.

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Van VanDyke

I have not been lucky (?) enough to find one of these at Walmart and I’ve checked about 45 of the stores, online and in person. But, I did find a dealer that had one of the 18″ barrel models left so I grabbed it. Now, my project is to locate and purchase a 24″ barrel. I have only seen one for sale in the past six months and that was on Gunbroker. If anyone has one or knows of one for sale and the price is not completely outrageous I would greatly appreciate a heads up. Or, if there is a new 24″ rifle available, I’d take that also if I could afford it. One last thing, Mel, with the Picatinny rail being built into the rifle and with no MOA built in, would the Cantelivered (or ever how you spell it) mount work well or should I look at decent rings and go straight to the rail with those, no base. Still trying to figure out what scope but the type of mount/rings will have a lot to do with that. Thanks

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Mel Ewing

Honestly, I would go with a set of good rinds mounted directly to the base and just use a good scope with plenty of elevation. I like to limit the number of failure points and keep the mounting as low and simple as possible. A solid one piece AR cantilevered base/ring setup that has cant but no offset pushing the scope forward, and mounted low enough, could work.

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Mel Ewing

There are many excellent brakes and there really isn’t one I would pick over the others. Just find a good reputable company with good quality manufacturing.

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Brad

Walmart Discounted all “Black Rifles” in Sept . 2015 I got a last Sig SSG 3000 marked down 1/2 price $749.00 I called a few Sig Dealers in my area and got five new magaizes for $79. each.. Shoots well I called Sig and they said they have warranty repair parts and would take care of the warranty if I had any problems but no extra parts for sale due to an importation problem with Germany.

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Wade Spruill

I have this Rifle. I’ve had it for 2 years.
I used this rifle this year for the Precision Rifle Series Competitions.
With handloads, I am getting consistent sub .25 moa groups.
My biggest complaint is this rifle doesn’t like sandy gritty conditions.
I shot a match in New Mexico where the safety and trigger quit working at the end of the day. It took me 2 hours to get them cleaned enough to remove the bolt. after much cleaning it worked the next day just fine.

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Van VanDyke

I DID finally find a new 24 (23.7) inch barrel for my 18″ SSG 3000. Changing the barrel was a piece of cake. Took all of about 12 minutes and it is a stone killer. I’ve tried it from 50 yards out to 980 and can say now, without a doubt it’s the most accurate (deadly) out of the box rifle that I have ever owned. And I’ve had some good ones. The barrel cost me and arm and a leg and I really paid way too much, but I made the deal and made the offer so I am not complaining. Just wish I could have found it cheaper. Mine does best on handloads with my own receipe which I will be glad to share offline. At 900 yards with a Vortex Viper PST 6X24X50mm scope I’m shooting a .42004 MOA off of a monopod and a Caldwell heavy bag rest. With better glass and a better mechanical rest I have no doubt the gun will do a .25 MOA at this distance. With the 18″ barrel, for comparison, at this yardage I was doing .88 and sometimes a .664 MOA on paper targets. The gun will for sure shoot better than I can shoot it but I’ve very happy with it. Only wish there were more around for comparison and for parts if they become necessary.
A great gun for a sniper dreamer. I am dreaming of what I can do now, back 48 years ago with much inferior weapon I was sniping at “acceptable” results, since as long as we got center mass hits that was usually what it took to do the job. Much less distance and we did not worry about thousands of an inch on the hit. Thanks for letting me share.

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Brian M.

Hi
I finally found an SSG 3000 last Spring and I love it! Like you, I found it to be the most accurate rifle I’ve ever owned. It’s even better than my Steyr SSG 69. My current load is 44.5 grains of Varget in a commercial case with a 168 grain SMK bullet seated to 2.800. My best 3 -4 shotgroup is 3/8 of an inch at 100 yards.
I am very curious to learn what your favorite recipe is.
Thank You
Brian M.

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Mel Ewing

It must be a misprint or they just changed them to a single stage this year. The SSG3000 we have here is for certain a two stage trigger (I just went and tested it again to be sure).

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Chris

Mine does have the feel of a two stage similar to Geissele, however, I have not made any adjustments to it. I bought my SSG “used” but was never shot by the first owner. I read your review and continued to perform more research on the Sig over the last few weeks. When searching Google, I was surprised to see that Sig Sauer stated it was a “single stage trigger.” Regardless, I can’t wait to shoot it. What size rings did you install on the Sig? I bought the Seekins Precision low rings but they were a hair too short with my Nikon Monarch 3 5-20×44. I just ordered the TPS TSR medium 1″ rings and hope to get them in the mail soon.

What’s your opinion on this gun versus the R700 Milspec 5R and a typical Tikka T3? I hunt with a Tikka T3 and just acquired a Tikka T3 light .308.

Thanks for your review.

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Alfy

I have had mine for more than one year, almost two I guess. I shot 400 to 500 rounds so far, mostly reloads and a few HSMs, all 168gr Amax. I reload with VIT N150 44.1 to 44.3 gr, with a bias at 44.1. 25% were fully resized, 75% neck resized, reloadeded between 2 and 5 times. I try to fully resize after 3 or 4 neck size generally speaking. I never had any issues with the shoulder or the diameter either way. Accuracy is similar.
The longest range we have locally is 300 yds (sigh!). I only shoot at 300. The rig is the 24″ barrel version with steel Leupold rings and a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20×50.
The accuracy is remarkable. Last week out of 27 rounds shot in 40 min with breaks, 24 were inside 3″ circles, with the 3 flyers within 1″ of the OD (no one is perfect). About 15 rounds were within one inch of each other/touching within the batch (I shoot 5-8 and rest a minute or so with a big break in the session). I am not going to play with the statistics but this quite typical with my set-up. This is a sub-moa rifle without a doubt, generally capable of 3/8″ on a calm day, over and over. It is simply a tragedy that it is no longer imported. Note that my wife’s Savage McMillian FCP is capable of the same performance or close for the same price (same set-up except that the 20moa Nightforce scope mount instead of 0 moa integral one on the sig). So all in all for about $3700, one gets a superb rig either way.

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Jim

Enjoyed reading the info on the SSG 3000. Bought the 24 inch barrel at Wally World & haven’t shot it due to lack of scope. Info on scope was informative. Great info guys!

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Jim

Anyone ever use a Millett scope. A Marine sniper from Vietnam Era suggested it. Just not familiar so appreciate feedback. Probably looking at Vortex razor.

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Mel Ewing

We did a review on a millett here at snipercentral.com. Check out the scope reviews section. It is a Chinese made scope that didn’t score very well in our tests. Certainly can work, just not in the same league as the Vortex Razor you are looking at.

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dgitz

I have one of these I am considering selling. Not the patrol model. topped with a Leupold mark III tactical Let me know if anyone is interested.

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James Flachs

I have a ssg 3000, bought 2+ years ago and never shot it. It’s too heavy for hunting. I’m looking for a minimum of $1200.00 let me know

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Brent Maynard

James I am interested in your SSG3000 – do you still have it?
Thanks, Brent

Bill Young

I just added a Hensoldt SSG-P scope to mine and so far like the combination pretty well. Have had several different optics on the rifle. The Sig is a hammer out of the box, its a shame politics wont let them import these any longer.

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Honigschleuder

im from Germany ! last month i got my SSG 3000 from Eckernförde (Sig Sauer) . they produced this rifle already in germany but they dont ship and export in the usa , because the company had much trouble with german gouvernemt ( illegal firearms transfers ) . for a year ago Sig was in the focus of Tv and newspapers because the company ships the SSGs from germany over usa to Colombia . So i love my SSG with Steiner millitary 5-25×56 and eratac mount . its a 100 percent, high quality accuracy sniper rifle . its symply the sound when you close the bolt 🙂

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