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I really like the looks of the 4.5-29 with APLR MOA reticle and it is about half the price of similarly appointed scopes.  The 4.5-27 looks interesting as well.  Technology just keeps upping the "game".   
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At $2099.00 MSRP with a street price of $1699-1750, it will be knocking down doors if they have a MIL/MIL as well.

That is the scope that is supposed to change the game with pricing and quality.  Again only time will tell but I will put in my time with that scope for that price point.  Very exciting times.

I think that from what I have read it is Japan Japan for manufacture and assembly...
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Roger all… 
Looks almost too good to be true at first glance...
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Originally posted by 338LAPUASLAP 338LAPUASLAP wrote:

At $2099.00 MSRP with a street price of $1699-1750, it will be knocking down doors if they have a MIL/MIL as well.

That is the scope that is supposed to change the game with pricing and quality.  Again only time will tell but I will put in my time with that scope for that price point.  Very exciting times.

I think that from what I have read it is Japan Japan for manufacture and assembly...

It is going to be made by LOW and I suspect it is the same basic design as Sig Tango6 5-30x56.  Both are an evolution of a 6-30x56 design used by Weaver for a bit.  

I had a brief look at the Cronus at SHOT and at some prototypes of this design and I think it is a very competent design that will do well.  I also happened to like Athlon's reticle.

Generally, between the Athlon, the Sig and the Steiner T5Xi which I have tested and like a lot, it will be interesting to see who does the most damage in the $2k range.  It might also create some pricing pressure on Vortex' Razor Gen 2 4.5-27x56, but the Athlon would have to be really impressive to make a dent in Gen 2 sales.

Another dark horse is the new Razor AMG, which has a lower zoom ratio, but is notably lighter and has a stunning eyepiece design.

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Some early impressions:


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Saw you posted earlier.  Awesome.  That is a crazy small spotter.

Cannot wait till you get the other products in your hands to review.
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338 I have the argos 6/24/50 and have purchased the Midas 4.5/27/50 allso they are both great optics how ever I prefer the argos 6/24/50 there is no reason in the quality of the two I guess it is just personal preference ,

I also purchased one of there spotting scopes and again it is an amazing optic very clear and well built I would obce again reccomend there spotting scopes to anyone .
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Ordered and received an Athlon Talos 3-12 with mildot , cost was 150 and I wasn't really looking for much but a short scope to use on my competition air rifle that had to be 12 inches or under . There was one minor problem and I emailed Athlon and the owner personally responded ....Athlon reached out to me first thing this am and is sending me a NEW scope out today ...And I will return mine when new one is received and pay return shipping for defective scope . Guess that's all anyone could ask for ..Bummer the scope didn't work right . But I work in Quality Control at my job and realize any thing can happen . I have to give two thumbs up so far to customers service for sure !!!!
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Sorry meant to say ATHLON is paying return shipping . Now that's what I call customer service on a very inexpensive scope !!! I hope they make it with so much today being done by email only !!
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I am glad every one is so happy with there products when i stated these were great optics thats what i wad going on was my personail use and my experince with the company .

I flll i am a pretty good judge of products and dont mund saying so when i find something as good as the athlon products

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http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah260/44vanilla/Collage%202016-05-13%2009_20_29_zpsfaxpnq4k.jpg.   The email I received this am
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Anything I need to know before I drop the hammer on an Argos BTR 6-24 FFP mil/mil?  I like it for its smaller objective and more adjustment range than the 8-34, although if the 34 is more clear above 24x, that would sway my decision some.

Are the specs on their website accurate, ie all typos have been fixed?  Monitoring this thread and others with great interest.  This would be my alternative to the PST 6-24 for a Mauser 24" .308 build. 

Comments welcome, thanks.

Also, assuming the Midas has better glass, an FFP Midas would be the bees knees for those of us who aren't yet ready to step up to the Cronus.
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No man I think your good to go I don't do the mill so I can't say but the moa are spot on I think yull injoy it .
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Thanks for helping me spend my money!  I'll report back when I get it.  The Mauser is a work-in-progress so the scope may go on a 22LR in the mean time so I can wring it out some.
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How was the parallax adjustment on this scope? There did not seem to be much play room at all between 250 and infinity.
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Ordered an Argos BTR 6-24 mil/mil at 9:13PM last night, 6:50AM this morning got the shipping notification (ordered from "COMPETITOR")

Excited to receive this scope.


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Those are Alluring! I would like to buy one :)
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Argos BTR 6-24 mil/mil 


Brown truck dropped it off right as I was leaving for work, so here is my 30-second-didn't-want-to-be-late-should-have-called-in-sick-and-went-shooting review.

Box it comes in is freakin sweet, but I would have preferred a US Optics style cheap white cardboard box and $10 less on the scope price.  Nit picking here.  The foam inside the box is fitted to the scope, its honestly the best protected/packaged scope I've ever bought, hands down.  

Came with lens caps, appear to be unmarked Butler Creeks or clones, but honestly feel more stout that the craptastic BC caps I have on other scopes.  Material seems thicker.  Just popped them open, not sure if they'll lay down flat yet or not.

Not sure about illumination, I couldn't get it to work and didn't have time to see if a battery was included and was maybe just dead (or put in backwards for transport so it didn't run down etc).  Illumination was set to "4" out of the box so maybe the battery is dead, like I said, didn't have time to open it and see.

Came to me with turrets dialed down 1mil and right 1mil, and magnification ring was set to 24x.  Sure hope this isn't another customer's return.

When I opened my back door, as I was putting the scope to my eye, a dove flew onto my back wall at that exact moment.  He was probably 25' away.  At 24x I could not focus him down, but somewhere around 10-14x he came into focus sharp as a bell!  I will never use this scope that close, but I know some guys are running airguns, so I thought I'd mention it.

The reticle is a thing of beauty in all aspects.  I will have to get it out when I have more time and see if the stadia line thickness obscures small targets at long distances.  I don't think the dots in the Christmas tree line up 100% with the mil hashes on the main stadia lines, like others have mentioned (either here or the Hide's thread, I get confused where I read things)

The image was superb.  There was some CA on various elements that I was looking at -- my neighbor's tile roof had a yellow glow around the edges, his white and black basketball backboard had a purple hue around it, etc.  This was at 24x.  Messing with side focus a little helped, turned down the magnification a bit and that helped.  My IOR that I paid four times as much for has CA also, so I am not complaining.  It was overcast and I didn't have a lot of time to zero down on individual tree leaves and what not, but overall the image was clear and crisp.  Gonna have to spend some more time behind it.

Focus knob was smooth and easy to turn.

Magnification ring was smooth and easy to turn.

Turrets... Sloppy.  As in, dial back to "zero" and the line shows you're somewhere between zero and 1 mil, or zero and -1 mil.  This was the case on both windage and elevation.  The clicks were audible and tactile, and felt good overall, pretty crisp.  Very easy to turn.  If I drag the scope through a mesquite tree on a coyote hunt, I will have to check my dope because I feel that there is a very real possibility the turrets will turn if they brush against something hard enough.  Wish there was a little less give in this area, but again, given the price, I'm nit-picking again.

No tracking test yet obviously but I'm hoping to get out and at least shoot some 50y 22LR to see how accurate it tracks.

Overall build quality feels insane for this price.  

I have a USO SN3, IOR Valdada, SWFA 5-25HD and several 3-15s, a, old Bushnell Elite 4200 (Bausch and Lomb rebadge), a Leupold Mark 3, and a few older Weavers (made-in-the-USA steel tube stuff, not the modern stuff).  I've had Vortex Crossfires, Tascos, Zeiss, more Weavers, and a Primary Arms 4-14 from somewhere around the dark ages.  I presently have a healthy mix of what I would personally consider budget, midrange, and high-end glass.  I've shot Vortex Razors and S&Bs belonging to my buddies.  So hopefully I have at least a semi-educated opinion in evaluating this scope.

I save during every year and pick up a couple of SWFA 3-15s every Black Friday, they have been my "go-to" scope for a while now, anytime a new rifle needs glass.  If this Athlon tracks true, it will replace the SWFA as my new go-to scope.  I like the reticle MUCH more than the SWFA, my aging eyes appreciate mag above 15x, 6x on the bottom is still decent for finding targets fast, and the glass seems at least equal.  And the Athlon is way cheaper.  I do like the SWFA's turrets better though.

If you are miil/LEO, ask about the discount.  You will not believe how much scope you get for your money if you pick one of these up (assuming it tracks).  Even the retail/website price is stupid good, considering what you get.  I will probably order a couple more before Athlon gets smart and raises prices.

Things I don't like: send me a cheap box and knock down the price of the scope, only 5mils/rev (nit-picking again as I knew this when I ordered), turrets are a little sloppy and turn a little too easily for my taste (nit-picking, this scope is so inexpensive I feel bad listing negatives), CA (even my high end glass has some).  I could say no zero stop, but I knew that when I bought it, and we can add one ourselves, so its not really a con, I am trying to evaluate the scope as-is given the features in its present configuration.

Overall the few minutes I spent with this scope blew me away.  I should have thrown it into my gear back and taken it to work with me so I could check it out in the desert at dusk and night.  Maybe tomorrow.  

My work gun wears, and I have spent many hours behind, a Leupold Mark 3, at first glance the Athlon's glass is every bit as good if not better.  Also as good or better than my SWFA 3-15s.  I will try to do a side-by-side between the Leupold, Athlon, USO, IOR, SWFA 5-25HD and 3-15 at some point.  The reticle is the bees knees.  A couple of my coworkers run Mark 4's on work guns and USOs and Razors on personal guns, I will try to get them out shooting also.  I am curious to see what they think of this scope, they don't know the company yet so it will be interesting to let them guess how much I paid for the scope.....

Overall completely impressed at first glance, if it tracks true, I will be buying many more, and saving for a Cronus.  Again, primary purpose is to replace the SWFA 3-15, and so far, this scope is going to do that.  Not that the SWFA is bad, but the Athlon offers similar features, more magnification, a better reticle, and cheaper price.

As an aside, I have an old Weaver 1-4 and an SWFA 1-4 on a couple of coyote guns.  I have been contemplating checking out the Athlon 1-4s, not sure yet if I want to go FFP or SFP.  I was looking at the Primary Arms 1-6 for my 300BLK, not sure I want yet another super complicated reticle to learn, may push me over the edge enough to buy an Athlon with a much simpler (cleaner) reticle.  
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Great write-up Tucon.
Keep us updated on the tracking and if the turrets improve or get worse. Thanks
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Awesome. With 3 posts, I'm sure we'll be able to find it. Thank you.
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BAN HIM.

ETA I am going to try to get out to the range in the next day or two.  My .22LR is minute-of-shotgun-shell at 100y so I am hoping to do a 50y test for tracking.  I need to make up a large target with lines drawn on it first, or maybe just run a box test and measure it when I get back home.  Hopefully the wind cooperates.

Will post results.
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I spent part of the evening getting the Argos BTR mounted on my 22, hoping to get to the range tomorrow.  I hung a plumb bob near by back door and moved to the other part of the house, some distance away, so I could get the scope level.    

A couple of things to note.  

At 24x I was able to focus the scope down almost perfectly.  32 feet, measured, from the door/wall I was looking at to the front of the objective lens.  I ran the power down, and somewhere between 20-22x, the image became perfectly clear.  So focus down to ten yards.... awesome for those who need it.

In playing with the focus ring from behind the scope, I noticed two things.  First, the level of resistance the focus knob offers going back down from 24x to 6x gets stiffer around 17x, and stays stiff until around 14x.  When I dial up from 6x to 24x, the entire range is smooth.  But when dialing from 24x back down to 6x, there is a very discernible bump, rough spot, or something that makes the resistance needed to turn the knob "heavier."  I spent a few minutes cranking the knob back and forth, hoping it was a pile of accumulated grease that just needed to be worked out -- no change.  Its not a show stopper, just something I noticed.

Also, speaking of the power adjustment ring, there is front-to-back movement in the ring, about 1/2mm if I am gentle, and I can deflect it almost a full 1mm if I push and pull on it hard enough.  

Again, probably not a show stopper, and I am still impressed for under $400, but now I am really anxious to get it to the range and start cranking on its various components.

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