The Sig Sauer SSG 3000 is one of those rifles you probably would never think of buying, but surely admire when you see one, let alone shoot it. Let's be honest, Sig Sauer in the U.S.A. is not known for bolt action rifles, but that doesn't mean they are not in that market, it's just not here. J.P. Sauer & Sohn is a German firearms manufacturer that has been producing top quality hunting rifles for decades, they extremely nice, and deserves respect. Sig Sauer made a great move years ago by taking a Sauer rifle, dropping it into a McMillan stock (though other stocks have been featured with this rifle as well) and offered an excellent tactical bolt action rifle for the American market. Some say it's a Swiss design, which I will refute. The rifle has been around for years, it's just "tacticalized" and put into something other than a wood stock (that's not Swiss).
Chambered in .308 WIN, the SSG 3000 is an all black, all quality, heavy, beautiful, and impressive platform. This is a rifle that has a quiet yet loyal following of owners (and fans) that easily shoots sub 1 MOA at 100 meters, really? Sauer actually sends the verified test target with the rifle (all in German) to make this authentic. The rifle likes 168gr Noslers, but shoots very well with NATO surplus (quality stuff).
I found my way to the SSG 3000 back in 2012, and I had to wait for it. Allow me to explain; even though these are factory produced, they are only produced in limited numbers, and typically by order. That means it may take months depending on the production cycle to actually receive your SSG 3000. Reading into Sauer and how they do business, I have all the confidence in the world to say that a German gunsmith spent time building my SSG 3000 and take it for what it's worth, but that in itself is value-added.
On the range the SSG 3000 is impressive, and with a $2700.00 price tag, there is an expectation to perform as long as the shooter is up to the task. I've deployed this to the 'Badlands' in New York and the Quantico range in Virginia; in both places it is the rifle you want to just enjoy shooting. The action is based on the Mauser action, very smooth with a polished bolt and it feels it should. The trigger is flat; a completely different feel for those used to hunting rifles and typical 'tactical' style bolt action rifles. The trigger is completely adjustable, and I must admit, I like where it is so I have made no adjustments yet. The 24" barrel is slightly tapered, yet bull, with a nice compensator to reduce recoil and keep the rifle flat for immediate follow-up shots. Everything is parkerized.
McMillan's stock is the 2nd generation of the three so far for the SSG 3000, the prior stock was (what I think) a Sig Sauer or Sauer design that has an Olympic look to it, not a bad design but it is hard to beat a McMillan in my opinion. Sometime over the last 2-3 years Sig Sauer decided to drop the McMillan stock (probably due to cost) and go back to a proprietary stock which based on a fellow owner's feedback, is actually pretty decent. The SSG 3000 is not bedded with MarineTex because of the design of the barrel and action.
The SSG 3000 takes a 5 round single stack steel magazine, with a poly floor plate - fits flush into the bottom of the action and drops via a simple release button on the bottom forward of the magazine. Magazines are rare and expensive. They used to be readily available for about $80-$90 via Sig Sauer's website, I've recently seen them on Ebay for $400.
That brings be to the end, where the Sig Sauer SSG 3000 is with the American market. Recent export laws/restrictions in Germany have prevented the export of the SSG 3000 to the U.S.A. as of late-2014. Before this kicked in, a few SSG 3000s escaped Germany and were put out on the U.S. market with the newest style stock - are these made in Germany? I'm not sure. Based on what I've read thus far, Sig Sauer may be looking to produce the SSG 3000 domestically - yes that means Hanz and Wolfgang will not be smithing the guns if true. This also means the lower ($1500) price point may hold. Sig Sauer's website does not offer the SSG 3000 under its current listing, so they may be in the middle of welcoming this production line - we'll try to verify that.
Owners of the SSG 3000 are limited (no idea how many are in the U.S.A.) and admiration for the SSG 3000 is surely justified given the performance and appeal of this platform. For those who haven't had the opportunity to shoot the SSG 3000 and you are afforded the chance, take it. For those who actually own one of these, I'd like your feedback on this review.
I've taken my SSG 3000 and paired it with a Trijicon TR-23 5-20x50mm scope and A.R.M.S. steel QD rings, along with a GG&G Heavy XDS bipod with the GG&G 1913 bipod adaptor.