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Old 09-11-2017, 12:55 PM   #1
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Anyone have any opinions / use the Athlon BTR 4.5-27X50 APLR3 FFP IR MOA scope ? My son just bought me one for my 7mag . He wants us to start doing some long range shooting . I`m excited to try some long range shooting with a scope you can adjust to compensate for distance instead of holdover guessing on a target .
Anyway this seems like a very nice scope . He won`t tell me what he paid for it , so I`m guessing it is a upper quality scope .
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:20 PM   #2
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/ATHLO...B&gclsrc=aw.ds


has good specs on it........
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:25 PM   #3
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They are a dang good scope. I have the ares on my 6.5 Grendel and I love it. They have prices from $100 to $1700. They honor their lifetime warranty.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:42 PM   #4
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My buddy said Athlon has same glass as Zeiss...First I heard of them until he showed me and told me.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:41 PM   #5
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The glass is well above their price points. All of my customers have been happy with them. Initially some were complaining that the clicks were somewhat mushy and not audible enough, but all the ones I've gotten in the past month have been really good, the problem must have been fixed.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:39 PM   #6
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They have a stellar reputation for glass and mechanicals. Why not use mil?


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Old 09-12-2017, 06:00 PM   #7
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I don't know. My son just asked which I would like and I knew MOA was in 1/4 inch. Thought it would be easier. Why would one be better than the other ?
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:05 PM   #8
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In my opinion one isn't necessarily better than another. I switched over from MOA to mil a few years back and doubt I'll ever go back to MOA.

Athlon has their reticles and turrets matching, not all companies do. So the hold overs in the reticles and the clicks on the turrets will be either mil/mil or moa/moa, makes things much easier for long range shooting.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:13 PM   #9
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Iíll be ordering an ares BTR. I did a review on the Helos and the Ares for an optics shop. Put hem on my rifle. Zeroed at 100. Shot from 100-800 on 10Ēx10Ē steel plates. Dialing up and down. Tracks with the best of them. Honestly thatís my number 1 concern on a distance shooting scope. Only downside for me was the eye relief. Just couldnít get use to it, but I didnít adjust my cheek piece because my scope was going back on. Glass was good, love the reticle, even at 800 yards didnít overpower the steel plate. Heard lots of talk about the turrets not being audible and being squishy. On the 6 I checked out none of them had any of those issues. Might have just been on the early runs. I was shooting the mil version.





This was at 650, target against tree line across the pit.


Whatís left of a SST on a 1/2Ē steel plate.



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Old 12-05-2017, 06:33 PM   #10
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They are supposed to be very nice for the coin. I hear a lot of good and no bad so far.

Very intriguing


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Old 12-05-2017, 07:32 PM   #11
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I haven't used one. But every serious shooter I've asked about them said they are awful. Most say, and I quote "like looking through a paper towel roll". Keep in mind these are guys using high end optics. Actually using them. Maybe they are good. Maybe they suck. I'm out from what I'm told. Screams vortex round 2 haha
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:41 AM   #12
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I have the Cronus BTR which is their top end optic. Looks good from my living room but haven’t had time to make it to the range to really test it out. I’ve read that they are good scopes but if you want really nice glass you need to get the Cronus. It has a noticeable difference in clarity from the ones below it from what I’ve read. I’ll update when I get to make it to the range.
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:18 AM   #13
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I don't know. My son just asked which I would like and I knew MOA was in 1/4 inch. Thought it would be easier. Why would one be better than the other ?
For the same reasons the metric system is so much more logical than standard. If youíre starting from scratch it just makes more sense when you start dialing. Whatever youíre most comfortable with though.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:18 AM   #14
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I haven't used one. But every serious shooter I've asked about them said they are awful. Most say, and I quote "like looking through a paper towel roll". Keep in mind these are guys using high end optics. Actually using them. Maybe they are good. Maybe they suck. I'm out from what I'm told. Screams vortex round 2 haha
awful compared to us optics and s&b? or awful compared to similarly priced optics? ive got an ares btr on the way and now im a bit worried.

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Old 12-07-2017, 10:21 AM   #15
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awful compared to us optics and s&b? or awful compared to similarly priced optics? ive got an ares btr on the way and now im a bit worried.

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Similarly priced optics. Atacr. Nxs. Gen 2 razor. Mark 6 leupold. Sigs higher end. Etc. I trust these guys 100% on this info. It'll be a long time maybe never before I try one. Very hard for a new company to come out and charge that kind of coin. Give us an honest review once you've used it. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:26 AM   #16
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Similarly priced optics. Atacr. Nxs. Gen 2 razor. Mark 6 leupold. Sigs higher end. Etc. I trust these guys 100% on this info. It'll be a long time maybe never before I try one. Very hard for a new company to come out and charge that kind of coin. Give us an honest review once you've used it. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
the ares btr was $750. the ones you listed are around $2500. hopefully it will be decent glass and function, but im not expecting it to compete with those optics.

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Old 12-07-2017, 11:07 AM   #17
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Similarly priced optics. Atacr. Nxs. Gen 2 razor. Mark 6 leupold. Sigs higher end. Etc. I trust these guys 100% on this info. It'll be a long time maybe never before I try one. Very hard for a new company to come out and charge that kind of coin. Give us an honest review once you've used it. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.


Similar prices means not 2-3x the amount. It means close to the same amount.


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Similar prices means not 2-3x the amount. It means close to the same amount.


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Excuse me. Idk why I was thinking the chronus. But I'm glad you took the time for that well thought out and brilliant reply.

$850 optic. So compare it the vx6, shv, and pst. I seriously doubt that athlon tracks. Guess we will have some reviews soon.
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the ares btr was $750. the ones you listed are around $2500. hopefully it will be decent glass and function, but im not expecting it to compete with those optics.

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Yeah idk why I read chronus instead of btr. I guess since the op didn't say ares or Cronus. Just btr.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:19 PM   #20
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$850 optic. So compare it the vx6, shv, and pst. I seriously doubt that athlon tracks. Guess we will have some reviews soon.
those are the ones i looked at. shv, gen 2 pst, and athlon. i hope it tracks...if not, its going back. ill report back after i shoot with it a bit.

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Old 12-07-2017, 01:19 PM   #21
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Excuse me. Idk why I was thinking the chronus. But I'm glad you took the time for that well thought out and brilliant reply.



$850 optic. So compare it the vx6, shv, and pst. I seriously doubt that athlon tracks. Guess we will have some reviews soon.

It tracks very well. I mounted one on my 308. Shot from 100-800 and back. Lots of 450-650. Dialing all over the place. Went back to 100 and dialed back to 0 and shot dead center of bull. That was the most surprising part about that scope.

Glass quality is good but itís not gonna compare to the $2k plus scopes. I had it side by side with a PST gen 1 and they looked pretty much same glass quality, like the reticle in the Ares more. I planned on getting the new PST gen 2. After shooting both of them Iím going Ares BTR. Iíll throw the extra few hundred into the new barreled action APR is doing for me.


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It tracks very well. I mounted one on my 308. Shot from 100-800 and back. Lots of 450-650. Dialing all over the place. Went back to 100 and dialed back to 0 and shot dead center of bull. That was the most surprising part about that scope.

Glass quality is good but itís not gonna compare to the $2k plus scopes. I had it side by side with a PST gen 1 and they looked pretty much same glass quality, like the reticle in the Ares more. I planned on getting the new PST gen 2. After shooting both of them Iím going Ares BTR. Iíll throw the extra few hundred into the new barreled action APR is doing for me.


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Nice. Try to do a box test some time and see if it passes that. Impressive if it does!!
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:12 PM   #23
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I have two Ares BTR 4.5-27x50, same reticle as the OP. I am very pleased with them for the price. I love the reticle and think the clarity is on point with the cost. My only complaint would be the turrets. They are a bit soft (mushy) in my opinion.

I have done a tracking test with one and it does track and return to zero. I have not had time to test the other one but hope I get the same results.

When the new Cronus comes out I will be upgrading one of them to that.

I don't spend much time looking through paper towel rolls so I can't say how these scopes compare to that view.
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:29 PM   #24
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I have 2 of their Scope one on a 338 lapua and the other on a 257 weatherby mag. They are great scopes and track perfectly. Getting ready to buy 2 more.
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