Project Context: In 2020 I was lucky enough to score a FREE 30Cal Suppressor. Great, right? Not so much. As a 3-Gunner, I have a lot of very cool guns but absolutely nothing in the safe chambered in .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor or any of the other less ubiquitous .30 Caliber options. With 12 months of waiting for the NFA to rubber stamp my form, I had plenty of time to look around. Deciding on the perfect rifle took some time, but I did know what I wanted straight away.
I am probably not going to own several rifles of this type, so the package had to cover a broad range of applications, from hunting to mid-range precision shooting (600-800m). I wanted a light weight, reasonably precise, and ideally "backpackable" package. Enter the Sig Sauer Cross Bolt Action Rifle.
The Cross was poised to be the new crossover precision hunter hotness early in 2020. Whether it was the pandemic or just poor release planning, we didn't see many guns ship until the following year. Because the of the weak launch, I didn't even consider the Cross until August of 2021. When they finally came through the back door at the shop I was immediately curious. According to Sig, the Cross was "developed by hunters and elite long-range shooters, the Cross Rifle was created to meet the demands of both PRS shooting and backcountry hunting." A tall order; most notably taken on in prior years by Bergara with the HMR and HMR Pro. The Cross Bolt Action Rifle weighs in at just over 6.5 pounds and is available in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester and 277 Fury.
Once I decided on the Sig Sauer Cross Bolt Action Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor I realized, assuming the rifle performed, I could get everything I wanted for under $3000 if I was careful about the optic and accessories. After consulting with Arnzen Manager and resident "Bolt Gun Guy" Jason Gentz, I selected a Vortex Viper 2-10x, JP Mount and Magpul Bi-Pod to round out the package.
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Time to do some testing and evaluating... See you in Part 2: Initial Impressions