SIG Sauer Electro-Optics Whiskey 5 Scope Review
SIG Sauer Electro-Optics offers up the WHISKEY 5 scope with an impressive selection of features all from a team of truly innovative experts. This is a serious scope that you will want to check out.
In 2016, I tested out the SIG Sauer WHISKEY 5 Scope and I really liked it. I had just received the Henry Rifle Long Ranger rifle in 308 and I was in need of a serious scope. I bought the SIG Sauer WHISKEY 5 in 3-15x44mm in a one-inch tube. I took the best mule deer of my life with that combination at about 75 yards. No doubt it was, and still is, an exceptional scope.
This year, SIG Sauer asked us if we would like to test out the WHISKEY 5 Scope which has been completely rebuilt for 2017. Because I knew the WHISKEY 5 was such a great scope, I was curious why SIG Sauer Electro-Optics as a company would rebuild it. Honestly, I still don’t really know the answer but what I do know is that looking through both scopes, the new one does seem a little clearer to me. Of course, that could be that the scope I am testing is built with a 30mm tube and is the 2-10x42mm scope and that 30mm tube is letting in just a fraction more in light increasing clarity.
The scope is built around the Hellfire Quadplex reticle, and it does have illumination. SIG Sauer offers a custom SIG Ballistic Turret (SBT) at no charge for all of their TANGO and WHISKEY series scopes. A sheet of paper comes with your scope and all you need to do is put in your ballistics information and SIG will customize an elevation dial for you. The SBT turret really takes the guess work out of trying to figure out MOA on the fly and gives you the ability to quickly range an animal, adjust the turret and send the bullet. If your range is 400 yards, you adjust the turret to a 4 and squeeze off your round and you’re going to be dead on.
I like the tactile feel of the clicks on the turrets and knowing by feel that I went up, for example, three clicks versus four. I have had similar turrets on other scopes that are mushy, but having that tactile feel on the SIG WHISKEY 5 truly gives me the confidence to know that I am dialing in exactly what I want when I need to make an adjustment.
The new scope offers a range of new terms to explain some of the serious technology they have invested in this series of scopes: HDX high-definition glass, LENSARMOR abrasion-resistant coatings, LENSHIELD oleophobic coating and SIG SPECTRACOAT ultra-wide broadband, anti-reflection coatings. I can explain all of that quickly without any serious fancy terminology usually used by gun writers and their fans. This scope is super clear. It resists water, oil, dust and any number of things that hurt clarity. This scope is also fog proof, shockproof and IPX-7 waterproof as long as you don’t drop it more than a meter into the water.
I mounted this scope on my Knight muzzleloader, shooting 50 caliber rounds with a hot 150 grains of powder and then I moved it over to a .300win mag shooting 180 grains out at 2950 fps. Both rifles have one heck of a kick and they are both punishing at the range. The beauty of this test was that the scope was easy to mount on both rifles, easy to zero and held zero throughout testing which is ultimately what you want in a scope. I ran a hundred rounds through the win mag while testing a few different ammunitions for an upcoming hunt and review. Everything was locked in and I punched a lot of paper at the range with some pretty amazing results.
SIG Sauer Electro-Optics provides a warranty for the WHISKEY 5 scope which is a warranty for life. The guarantee is fully transferable and no proof of purchase is required. If you have a problem with your scope, SIG SAUER will fix it for no charge. There is a 5-year warranty on the electronic components (for the illumination) and I can’t see how that would go bad. These scopes are not cheap, but they are a top-notch option in that price range. If you look around, perhaps you can find available deals. These Whiskey 5 Scopes are certainly worth checking out.