In February, our test team sequestered themselves on a Montana ranch with 12 of the hottest new rifles on the market and lots of ammunition. Here are the results of a week of objective evaluation and hardcore testing in the shadow of the rocky mountains.
This tactical rifle from SIG Sauer is doubly amazing. First, it is the most accurate rifle we’ve ever tested—it could shoot fleas off a dog. The average five-shot group—using a wide variety of .308 ammo in harsh conditions in Montana, meaning subzero temperatures and winds up to 25 mph—was 0.643 inches. Our best groups, with match ammo, ran between 0.3 and 0.4 inches.
This level of performance, while very unusual, isn’t unheard of from heavy-barreled rifles. What is unique to the SSG 3000 is its price: $1,499.