As a hunter, I was groomed by some conservative, no-b.s., borderline luddite dudes. So, I’ve been conditioned to flinch at incorporating too much technology into my hunting gear arsenal. I’m especially wary of messing with gadgetry when it comes to my guns. I’m more open to try new hunting accessories that are laced with modern “innovations,” but I can always kick a can of deer scent or heated gloves to the curb if they’re inhibiting my ability to be an effective predator. Guns, on the other hand … I prefer to keep ’em simple so there’s minimal chance of mechanical failure. Naturally, this school of thought overlaps into my choice of optics because I can’t hit what I can’t see.
When I was recently presented with an opportunity to top my rifle with a fancy electronic scope from Sig Sauer Electro-Optics, the first thing I did was text a close friend, Mark Kayser. I know Kayser has been using Sig Optics for awhile now, so I requested his unabashed opinion before I could make a decision about giving Sig a shot. His blessing came without hesitation, and after one trip to the shooting range and one antelope buck later, I can pass along the same nod to anyone who is seeking crisp, reliable, downright awesome hunting optics that are built with legit tech.
As the video above shows, the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) system from Sig is a force to reckon with. It allows you to input all your ballistic information into a mobile app. The app syncs with your rangefinder, and your rangefinder syncs with your riflescope. All you need to do is range your target and the scope will automatically display a precise aiming dot in the reticle. Oh, and don’t worry, if your batteries go dead you can still use it like a “normal” riflescope.