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I cinched a Sig 2-10x42mm WHISKEY5 scope to a Bergara B-14 Woodsman rifle in .270 Winchester. The scope’s battleship-gray tube and black adjustments are distinctive, classy. Its lighted reticle has nine daytime and two night-vision (infrared) settings interspersed by “off” stops. So the previous brightness setting is always just a click away. Like its 1-5x20mm and 3-15x44mm counterparts, this 21-ounce scope has a 1-inch tube. Other sights in Sig’s WHISKEY5 stable—2.4-12x56mm, 3-12x52mm and 5-25x52mm versions—have 30mm tubes. The unifying theme is 5X magnification. Quarter-MOA windage/elevation dials on all but the 1-5x20mm yield adjustment ranges to 120 minutes. The dials are resettable. Just lift and spin to zero. The 3-15x52mm and 5-25x52mm WHISKEY5 scopes have side focus/parallax dials.

So, what else is new? Myriad riflescopes now have illuminated reticles, wide power ranges and turrets with multiple dials that work various kinds of magic. Well, the LevelPlex is new.

Staying Level

Optics Test: Sig Sauer’s WHISKEY5 Riflescopes

You probably know that canting, or tipping, a rifle can cause the bullet to miss its mark. The sight must be at 12 o’clock—directly above the bore—for the bullet’s arc to cross the sightline more than once. Your zero is at the second crossing. Gravity pulls the bullet from 12 to 6 o’clock. If your sightline tracks at even a slight horizontal angle to the bore, it diverges from the bullet’s path after a single crossing. The falling bullet won’t again meet the sightline because it is off to the side.

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