New For 2023: SIG Sauer Cross Magnum
In 2019, SIG Sauer re-entered the bolt action market with the introduction of the Cross, a compact and lightweight precision hunting rifle, chambered in cartridges like .308 Win., 6.5 mm Creedmoor and the company’s then-new .277 Fury. New for 2023, SIG is scaling the platform up with the Cross Magnum in .300 Win. Mag.
The Cross Magnum upsizes the compact precision hunting rifle that SIG introduced four years ago.
Like the short-action Cross, the Magnum has AR-15-like modularity. Lacking a traditional stock, the rifle is built around a one-piece receiver made out of aluminum alloy to which all of the other components attach. Its 24” medium-contour barrel is made of stainless steel with 5R 1:9”-twist rifling and is user-replaceable. The muzzle is threaded 5/8 x 24 TPI with a radial muzzlebrake installed that SIG claims reduces recoil by 45 percent.
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It sits inside of a free-floating handguard that has M-Lok slots and ARCA rail attachment points for bipods and tripods. The polymer grip is a PRS type. To the rear of the receiver is attached a SIG Precision Stock. Fully adjustable, including comb height, recoil pad height and length-of-pull, the stock also has a replaceable bag rider. The unit folds to the right side of the rifle with a newly-designed hinge mechanism and with the stock folded the rifle’s overall length is reduced from 45.2” to 36”. It weighs 8.9 lbs.
The Cross Magnum’s folding precision stock makes the rifle compact for field use.
The Cross Magnum uses a steel detachable box magazine of the AICS pattern that holds six rounds. A bilateral safety is placed in the AR position above the grip. Aluminum components are finished in coyote anodizing, and steel parts have a black finish. With a receiver designed to accept cartridges up to 300 PRC, expect additional chamberings in the future. The rifle can be found at prices as low as $2,500. For more information, visit sigsauer.com.
Article by JEREMIAH KNUPP