The Steyr SSG Carbon is the newest addition to the SSG family, and this rifle takes high-performance long-range shooting into the future with a compound carbon-fiber stock that creates a benchmark of extreme strength and durability. Unlike conventional carbon-fiber stocks made from woven carbon fabric that often suffer from side-strike structural failures, the SSG Carbon’s stock is made using the same “chipped-carbon” Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) construction used to create load-bearing structures in Formula 1 racecars and high-performance aircraft. The SSG Carbon’s chipped-carbon flakes combine thermally with the binding agent to form the SMC for a distinctive appearance to the stock, but like the spirals on the rifle’s cold-hammer-forged barrel, they aren’t just there for looks. The carbon chips interlock with each other to create an unparalleled tension net that is superior to steel in every direction, yet weighing a fraction of either steel or aluminum.
Due to the unique recoil absorption properties of its SMC technology, the SSG Carbon is surprisingly lightweight, and its recoil absorption is unmatched. Utilizing the same barreled action and muzzle brake as the famed SSG 08, the SSG Carbon utilizes a direct trigger, legendary for its crisp, clean and repeatable break. A detachable box magazine functions either as a constant-feed magazine or it can be placed in a second position that acts as a magazine cutoff to single-feed the rifle over the top of a loaded magazine.
The SSG Carbon 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.
The stock of the SSG Carbon has multiple mounting points for sling attachments. It also features an adjustable cheek piece, an adjustable butt plate, rubber-wrapped pistol grip, and an integrated finely adjustable rear-elevation pod. The stock is available in three color patterns including a standard matte gray, high-gloss Deep Black and high-gloss Green Mamba. Add $500 for the 338 Lapua or Deep Black/Green Mamba color schemes.
The SSG Carbon platform 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
Model: SSG Carbon
Purpose: Long-Range Target Shooting, Tactical
Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH, Kleinraming, Austria
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc., Bessemer, AL 35022
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 22.4-inch cold-hammer-forged heavy barrel
Rifling: 4 Grooves, 1:10 RH Twist (.308, .300); 1:9 (.243, .338)
Sights: 20-MOA Picatinny rail
Safety: 3+1 Position Safety
Trigger type: Single-stage
Pull weight: 3 pounds, 8 ounces (user adjustable)
Stock material/type: SMC carbon fiber
Length of pull: 14.25 inches min. (0.33-inch inserts available)
Comb Adjustment: 2.25 inches vertical adjustment
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: 11 pounds, 2 ounces
Overall length: 43.4 inches
Included accessories: Owner’s manual, hard travel case, sling swivels