If an AR-15 and a traditional bolt-action hunting rifle had a baby, it’d probably look something like a Sig Cross. The Cross has a pistol grip, folding stock, and fore-end that looks a lot like the styling of an AR-15. Yet, the Cross is actually a traditional bolt-action rifle with a short barrel and no stock.
I bought one of the first copies of the (post-recall) Sig Cross to hit the market and have been shooting it ever since. When I initially reviewed it, I found it to be an accurate rifle with many advantages, but I was nonplussed about some of its quirks. Over time, however, this has become one of my most-used rifles and I’ve fallen in love. The Sig Cross is one of the best hunting rifles on the market.
The Sig Cross had extremely high hopes and plenty of hype upon release as the next generation hunting and backcountry rifle of our time. With features that support packability and adjustability, this seemed like the rifle to own for years to come. Unfortunately with recalls coming soon after release doubt was quickly growing for this platform and in many shooters’ perspectives a tainted future.
The features that the Sig Cross brings to the table are what makes this rifle instantly stand alone in many people’s eyes. With a fully adjustable length of pull and comb height, it is essentially possible for anyone to shoot this rifle with ease and comfort.
Another built-in feature in the stock is the ability to collapse over the receiver making this rifle extremely packable for backcountry hunters. When in the folded position Sig designed the folded stock to also act as a bolt lock to keep the bolt handle down for transport.
Many people looking at the Cross for the first time will assume that it is some kind of clone of an “AR” style receiver or at least a chassis system. However, the Sig Cross is actually a one-piece receiver that helps with miss alignments and aid accuracy.
Another feature that is rather uncommon to see in a factory-built hunting rifle is the fact that the Cross’s trigger is a two-stage trigger. I personally prefer this style of trigger and the one on my rifle performs well with good take-up and crisp back wall.
Barrels and Calibers
The Sig Cross is offered in two standard cartridges being the 308 and the 6.5 Creedmoor. Sig also offers the Cross in Sig’s own 277 Fury cartridge that only Sig builds ammunition for. The 308 and 277 Fury both have a compact 16-inch barrel while the 6.5 Creedmoor has a slightly longer 18-inch barrel.
Besides the two standard cartridges offered for the Cross the .277 Sig Fury cartridge is a hybrid cartridge that sports the stainless steel case head. This helps with higher pressure loads and is unique to Sig although with ammo shortages being drawn out over some time now this cartridge can be hard to acquire.
Sig has also stated that the end-user is able to change barrels using an “AR” style barrel wrench which may be of some interest if future calibers are ever introduced.
This is where some inconsistencies begin to emerge for different rifles and shooters. My personal Cross has performed exceptionally well with groups being .4 and .6 of an inch with suitable ammunition. However, the Cross can be fussy when it comes to ammo brands so many different types may need to be bought before finding the one that matches up best with your personal copy.
MY LOAD RECIPE: I saw the best groups in my Sig Cross by handloading it with a 143 grain ELD-X bullet using 41.2 grains of H4350 at a COAL of 2.78″, Lapua small primer brass, and CCI small primers, which produced a speed of 2,668fps. This has consistently produce 0.4″ groups out of this gun. It’s one of the most accurate rifles I have when shooting this load.
Being fussy with factory ammunition can be mitigated by hand-loaders that are willing to tweak loads to best fit their personal copies of the Sig Cross.
I have also found that my Sig Cross shoots better while suppressed. Not only does it ever so slightly increase the muzzle velocity of my bullet suppressors often can tune barrel harmonics and aid in accuracy.
I will also note that even with ammunition that the rifle didn’t particularly like I never experienced any “flyers” while shooting groups of different ammunition. The groups may have grown out to a size of 1.4 inches but the rifle never threw a round wild and unpredictable.
Concerns About Safety
Upon release, the Sig Cross underwent a rather sudden recall with very few copies actually out on the market. The most severe issue is that the Cross could potentially discharge by simply bumping the bolt! The NutnFancy Youtube channel released a video showing this shocking and dangerous error.
To be even more clear on this issue the rifle in mention wasn’t dropped or slammed but gently bumped causing a dangerous discharge. This issue has been addressed by Sig with a recall in 2020, and now all copies of the Sig Cross being sold have been fixed.
But unfortunately, there is another safety issue with the Sig Cross which Sig has yet to fix with a recall. When flipping the safety from fire to safe, the safety frequently gets stuck between the two modes–making it unclear what mode the rifle is in.
Frankly, I’m angry that Sig released this gun with a MASSIVE safety issue, recalled it, and then sent it out again but now with a safety issue that is present on my gun (it developed after I made my video review) as well as several other Sig Cross owners who I’ve talked to.
Yet, no new recall from Sig. A gun that doesn’t make it clear if it is in safety or firing mode is an unsafe gun.
Though my Cross rifle never had problems with accidental discharge, I am not happy with Sig’s approach to safety on this rifle.
An unfortunate trend happening in the industry is the offering of limited cartridge options. This really puts a damper on the Cross and gives it a half-hearted feeling of “take it or leave it”. With no additional cartridges being mentioned by Sig at this moment in time.
My Sig Cross
To restate the specs on my personal Cross rifle I own the standard black Cross chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor with the factory spec 18-inch barrel. I have a rather inexpensive scope on this rifle that only costs around $200. The best grouping out of this rifle so far is a nice .4 of an inch using Barns match ammo for my best groups. The Cross retails for around the $1600 range.
The Sig Cross is advertised at a weight of 6.5 to 6.8 pounds and feels very balanced in the hand perhaps to the fact that it isn’t overly long.
I personally love my Cross rifle and it has given me virtually no issue with accuracy or operation (other than the safety issue). The adjustability in the stock is what makes this rifle stand out to me and makes me want to continue to shoot this rifle time and time again.
It does appear however that depending on your personal copy of the Sig Cross your experience may be like mine where overall it is very positive or it can be a nightmare. This is where I believe the overall design of this rifle will be the next step in the hunting community although Sig’s Cross isn’t the rifle to take us there. Quality control and constancy lot to lot is a must and unfortunately with recalls due to major safety factors the Cross has a tarnished history.
Should You Buy a Sig Cross?
Well, to me, that depends. If you want an extremely portable, adjustable, accurate, lightweight hunting rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Winchester, it’s a great option.
HOWEVER, this gun was released with a massive problem where it could discharge without the trigger being pulled. Now, it’s released again post-recall but the safety indicator does not clearly show what mode it is in as it frequently gets stuck in the middle. In my mind, that’s a serious safety issue and should be recalled.
If you’re willing to fix that issue on your copy of the gun or look past it, then the Sig Cross is one of the best rifles on the market.
I know what you’re thinking. Wait… look past a SAFETY ISSUE? I agree. And that’s why I can’t recommend it yet. As soon as Sig fixes that issue, I’d change my recommendation to being extremely excited about this gun. But not yet.