Video: Tactical Gear Editor Kevin Michalowski test fires the Steyr SSG 08 .338 Lapua Mag at Show Show 2011 Media Day
Steyr Arms has substantially upped the ante on its extraordinary long-range tactical rifle, the SSG 08, with the introduction of a brand new adaptation chambered in the ultimate long-range tactical round, the .338 Lapua Magnum.
A prototype of the new rifle made its public debut at the 2010 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The display of the prototype coincides with the overwhelmingly successful conclusion of the extensive 10,000-round endurance and reliability testing of the new chambering in the SSG 08 at the Austrian factory. The rifles are currently in route to the U.S. and will be available this fall.
Introduced to the American long-range shooting market in 2009, the SSG 08 was designed to the specifications of Austria’s EKO COBRA anti-terrorism unit. The SSG 08 is based on Steyr’s unique Safe Bolt System (SBS) action, which is bedded in a high-grade aluminum stock and mated to Steyr’s direct trigger, legendary for its crisp, clean and repeatable break. The skeletonized stock includes a UIT rail along the length of the fore end, a built-in bipod post, multiple mounting points for user-customized Picatinny rail combinations and a fully enclosed detachable-box magazine. The butt of the stock folds for transport and features an adjustable cheek piece, an adjustable butt plate, and an integrated, finely adjustable rear-elevation pod.
The cold-hammer-forged barrel measures 27.17 inches to maximize the potential of the .338 cartridge, and its 1:9 twist rate will stabilize bullets up to and including the increasingly popular 300-gr. HPBT Secnar projectile. The action, magazines and stock were lengthened to accommodate the dimensions of the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. Due to the SSG 08’s extreme accuracy potential and ability to maintain supersonic speeds at distances in excess of 1,500 meters with the .338 Lapua chambering, a 20-MOA declination scope base will also be included to make use of your favorite long-range optic. The .338 Lapua Magnum version of the SSG 08 also includes a newly designed heavy-duty bipod.
The new Steyr.338 Lapua Magnum version of the SSG O8 will be available at retailers nationwide by the end of the summer. The suggested retail price is $6,795. To find a dealer near you, visit the Steyr website at www.steyrarms.com.
Model: SSG 08
Purpose: Long-Range Target Shooting, Tactical
Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc.
P.O. Box 840
Trussville, AL 35173
Operation: Bolt-action repeating
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum
Magazine type/capacity: Polymer double-stack detachable box/10 rounds (.308), 8 rounds (.300), 6 rounds (.338)
Action material: 25CrMo4 steel
Barrel: 20- and 22.4-inch; 27.17 inch (.338 Lapua), cold-hammer-forged heavy barrel (stainless steel optional)
Rifling: 4 Grooves, 1:12 RH Twist; 1:9 (.338 Lapua)
Sights: No sights; integral 15.9-inch Picatinny rail
Safety: 3+1 Position Safety
Trigger type: Single-stage (rear set trigger optional)
Pull weight: 3 pounds, 8 ounces (user 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
Weight, empty: 12 pounds, 2 ounces; 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, Versa-pod or HD bipod (.338 Lapua), continuously adjustable rear-elevation pod, one detachable box magazine, hard travel case, sling swivels
MSRP: $5,899 (.308 Win., .300 Win. Mag.); $6,795 (.338 Lapua)