This one’s not exactly new – the SIG SAUER SSG 3000 precision rifle premiered as far back as IWA in March 1992. But since then this rifle has had an onbowed community of loyal devotees among those who use the model, designed for government purposes and with maximum accuracy, for target sports. And the SSG 3000 looks back on such a career as well, serving in several Swiss police units and the airport police security detail charged with protecting Zurich Airport – among other things: This model has been deployed all over the world. The basis for the model was the repeater rifle 200 introduced in 1985.
Technically speaking, the SSG 3000 comes with six-lug bolt lock, equipped with a lightweight firing pin to achieve minimum ignition delay. In addition, it has a thick sniper barrel fixed in place by clamp screws for quick swaps. And beneath the black of the stock they initially had warp-proof, laminated wood, plastic elements were incorporated later. The stock is fitted with adjustable cheek and end cap. Other features include a muzzle brake with five upward slots – these direct the powder gases out to the top and to prevent kicking up dirt.
The SSG 3000 proved robust and extremely precise on the shooting range – and didn’t skimp on the thrills either. But it is fairly old school: the stock is bulky and doesn’t fold; dismantling the chambers is cumbersome and adjusting the cheek is just as tricky and requires a lot of fiddling with screws. But if you’re up for all that and are looking for a very accurate, classic style rifle – this one’s got what it takes.
Range of uses for the SIG SAUER SSG 3000
The SIG SAUER SSG 3000 is a very good sports rifle, but only moderately suited to government agencies and the military and even less so to hunting.
The SIG SAUER SSG 3000 Overview
|Model||SIG SAUER SSG 3000|
5 + 1 cartridges
|Barrel lenght: |
685 mm (twist 1:12")
|Trigger weight: |
Features: six-lug bolt, laminated wood stock with UIT rail, two-stage trigger (adjustable between 1,300 and 1,700 g), bipod
Shooting test: SIG SAUER SSG 3000, .308 Winchester
SK 100 (mm)
|1||150 grs Norma Nosler BST |
33 (14) mm
|2||168 grs Hornady Z-Max |
|3||168 grs Prvi Partizan
|4||168 grs RWS Target Elite |
|5||175 grs Remington MK
Remarks: Grouping = five-shot groups, shot sitting from the bench rest support at 100 m distance, reported in millimeters, measured from the shot-hole centers. Bracketed values after subtraction of an outlier.
Abbreviations / bullet codes: BST Ballistic Tip, BTHP: Boat Tail Hollow Point, HPBT: Hollowpoint Boat Tail
VISIER Evaluation of the SIG SAUER SSG 3000
|Precision (max. 50 points) |
|Stock (max. 10 points) |
|Trigger (max. 10 points)|
|Magazine/Handling (max. 5 points) |
|Sight (max. 5 points) |
|Receiver/Function(max. 10 points) |
|Finishing (max. 10 points) |
|Total points (max. 100 points) |
|Commendations||***** (5 of 6 commendations)|