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Steyr SSG 08

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The Steyr SSG 08 is a high-precision, high-performance rifle that was designed to the specifications of Austria’s EKO COBRA anti-terrorism unit and developed for professional applications in demanding environments. The cold-hammer forged heavy barrels are generously free-floated.

Each SSG 08 is built on a system that includes a folding hard Eloxal-coated aircraft-aluminum stock with an adjustable rear monopod, a cheek piece that is vertically and horizontally adjustable, and a recoil pad that is horizontally adjusted by adding and removing spacers and vertically adjusted by sliding the pad itself up and down. The pistol grip is configurable with a choice of interchangeable back straps to adjust for hand size and optimized grip. The action is topped with a 20-MOA Picatinny rail, while the forend allows for short Picatinny rails on both sides. The underside of the stock also houses a UIT rail for the addition of accessories such as a handstop. A newly designed bi-pod is included, and the entire platform is available in a choice of finish including black and two camouflage designs – one light and one dark.

As in other Steyr high-performance bolt-action rifles, the SSG 08 is built on the Safe Bolt System (SBS) action with a unique 2+1 safety function that offers three settings operated by a wheel switch on the tang of the stock. The FIRE mode (safety off) is indicated by a red dot, and the first level of SAFE mode disables the firing mechanism while allowing the bolt to be cycled. The second SAFE position locks the bolt, at which point the bolt can be pushed down against the stock, locking the firing pin and firing mechanism out of firing position, allowing safe transportation with a round in the chamber. Simply pressing the safety’s release tab and rolling it forward returns the bolt to either the SAFE or the FIRE position.

Another feature in the SSG 08 is the 2-stage magazine securing mechanism that uses a first stage to lock the magazine in but allows the bolt to be operated without feeding rounds in the magazine, thereby providing the user with the options of dry firing or loading individual rounds by hand while maintaining a full magazine at the ready. Simply pressing up on the bottom of the magazine seats it in the second stage, making it ready for auto-loading.

The SSG 08 is available in four calibers with the following magazines:

  • .243 Winchester with 23.6-inch barrel length, 10-round magazine
  • .308 Winchester with 23.6-inch or 20-inch barrel length, 10-round magazine
  • .300 Winchester Magnum with 23.6-inch barrel length, 8-round magazine
  • .338 Lapua Magnum with 27.2-inch barrel length, 6-round magazine

Additional Information

Model: SSG 08
Purpose: Long-Range Target Shooting, Tactical
Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH, Kleinraming, Austria
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc., Bessemer, AL USA
Operation: Bolt-action repeating
Caliber: .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum
Magazine type/capacity: Polymer double-stack detachable box/10 rounds (.243, .308); 8 rounds (.300); 6 rounds (.338)
Action material: 25CrMo4 steel
Barrel: 20- and 23.6-inch; 27.2 inch (.338), cold-hammer-forged heavy barrel
Rifling: 4 Grooves, 1:10 RH Twist (.308, .300); 1:9 (.243, .338)
Sights: No sights; integral 15.9-inch Picatinny rail
Finish: Mannox®
Safety: 3+1 Position Safety
Trigger type: Single-stage, direct
Pull weight: 3 pounds, 8 ounces (adjustable)
Stock material/type: Hard Eloxal-coated aircraft aluminum
Length of pull: 14.25 inches min. (0.33-inch inserts available)
Drop at comb: +0.85 to -0.9 inches vertical adjustment
Comb adjustments: 0.5 inches longitudinal; 0.133 inch lateral (rotationally adjustable)
Drop at heel: +1.07 to -3.8 inches vertical adjustment
Recoil pad: Elastomer; 0.8-inch thick
Sling swivels: Two removable push-and-turn style
Pistol grip: Polymer with interchangeable rubber inserts
Checkering: None
Weight, empty: 12 pounds, 2 ounces (.308 Winchester); 13 pounds, 4 ounces (.338 Lapua)
Overall length: 46.5 inches with 22.4-inch barrel, 38.3 inches with stock folded; 50 inches OAL (.338 Lapua)
Included accessories: Owner’s manual, HD bipod, hard travel case, sling swivels

Customer Reviews

Great rifle Review by Piotr
I have a pleasure with shooting with ssg 08 of my friend. Regarding this incredible experience i'm going to buy my own 08 model. However, i'm left handed shooter, and im not sure about this feature. (Posted on 2/18/2017)
Fantastic Weapon System Review by Chris
I purchased the SSG-08 chambered in .308 two years ago and I continue to fall in love with it every time I pull it from the safe. Being a partner at Strategic Edge Gun Range in middle Tennessee where many of our members shoot professionally, it is not uncommon to see incredibly expensive customs on the firing line every day. I've been a fan of Steyr since my LE days where I was issued a SSG69PII. Mine is topped with S&B PMII glass held by a Spuhr mount. I also purchased the heavy bi-pod with it when I first purchased it. Of course my custom rifles can shoot smaller groups on great days but that's not really the point. Custom guns are finicky and inconsistent. This gun is the most consistent gun I own. It will digest anything and shoot it well. My best hand-loads produce 1/4 minute groups on a good day but my worst hand-loads and high-end factory rounds still produce 1/2 minute groups. The gun is almost boring to shoot because it sits there and moves very little when firing. You can easily volley follow up shots as quickly as you can cycle another round into the chamber. It is simply a work of art. Every time I pull it out on the range someone asks, "what chasis is that, I love it.", thinking its a custom setup. It is just that rare to see one on the range. I know at least 20 members of our range who shoot the SAKO TRG and a couple with SSG69's or PMII's but I'm the only one who sports the SSG08. (Posted on 12/28/2016)
Superb firearm!! Review by Sully
I have the SSG Tac Elite,the M300 CISM AND SSG69PIIK. All 3 are accurate beyond belief. I was introduced to the M300 by my friends in EKO COBRA and acquired one in 1999 before the SSG08 was developed, during our competitions at Allentsteig. COBRA won many competitions against the finest factory and custom match guns in the world. One can not do better than STEYR precision rifles!! (Posted on 6/28/2016)
The gun shoots absolutely perfect. Review by Lap
My SSG 08, is a beautiful piece of work, quality is second to none, I have the 338 lapua it is extremely accurate, it has brought me great joy at the range and afield, I have purchased an SSG 04 in the 300 win mag for its little brother, thank you Steyr. (Posted on 5/13/2016)
Exillent piece of art Review by Arain
I have styr .338 lapua mag it is so accurate that have never seen a gun like this before its performance is exillent and it is so beautiful that at the range every one admires it at the range (Posted on 4/19/2016)

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