(Excerpted From Report from the Field: New Rifles, Gun Digest 2012, by Tom Tabor)
Steyr Arms One-Mile Gunner
The first Steyr SSG 08 long range tactical rifle made its debut back in 2009 but recently the company has upped the ante with a brand new adaptation chambered in what many believe to be the ultimate long-range tactical cartridge, the .338 Lapua Magnum.
This new version was released only after the prototype rifle underwent a grueling 10,000-round endurance and reliability testing at Steyr’s Austrian factory. The SSG 08 is based on Steyr’s unique Safe Bolt System (SBS) action, which is bedded in a skeletonized aluminum stock.
The stock is equipped with an UIT rail (running the length of the forend), an adjustment cheek piece and buttplate, an integrated, finely adjustable rear-elevation pod and a butt capable of being folded forward for transport.
For further versatility there are also multiple mounting points for attaching a wide variety of Picatinny rail-mounted accessories. The enclosed detachable box magazine holds six of the big .338 Lapua Mag. rounds and the rifle comes with a Versa-pod, or heavy-duty bi-pod, and a hard travel case.
Recommended retail price for .338 Lapua Mag. chambered Steyr SSG 08 is $6,795.
This is an excerpt from the Gun Digest 2012.