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#7112425 - 03/15/18 04:06 PM Athlon
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Has anyone tried the Athon scopes yet? They have several lines and I have been eyeballing the Argos... would like to get the Cronus but don't know much about them.

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#7112454 - 03/15/18 04:20 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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I really really like my talos btr 1-4. Iíve owned a lot of $200 scopes and it has the best glass.
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#7112565 - 03/15/18 06:05 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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Looked through a cronus but wasn't impressed. It was a cloudy/rainy day and it didn't seem to handle it as well as my razor. Granted it was a sample of one but based off that I wouldn't purchase.
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#7112567 - 03/15/18 06:06 PM Re: Athlon [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
Looked through a cronus but wasn't impressed. It was a cloudy/rainy day and it didn't seem to handle it as well as my razor. Granted it was a sample of one but based off that I wouldn't purchase.


How does the price compare to a razor?
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#7112602 - 03/15/18 06:41 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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Mine was a gen 1 razor which are in the 1100-1300 area it seems. Can't say how much a cronus is.
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#7112693 - 03/15/18 07:45 PM Re: Athlon [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
Mine was a gen 1 razor which are in the 1100-1300 area it seems. Can't say how much a cronus is.
depending on the model on Cronus I think itís about the same. Good info
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#7112705 - 03/15/18 07:53 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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Back when I was looking for a $5-1000 scope I looked through a bunch. For me they are behind the pst2 and he XTR 2 in clarity.

The cheap models have nice reticles for "cheap" scopes and a lot are ffp

The Cronus is their best scope unless something new came our recently. It didn't wow me but a lot of people like them. I think it's the magnification and price point driving the wagon.

Go play with some , maybe your eyes will like them

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#7112740 - 03/15/18 08:21 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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Except for their highest end model, Athlon is Chinese made stuff. That's all I need to know.

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#7113465 - 03/16/18 01:44 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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Good stuff, thanks for all the input. I have vortex and nikon... my just stick with the vortex going forward.

I will see if I can track some down and look through them. I knew that the price was too low to be as good as the high dollar stuff but they have a good warranty....

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#7114016 - 03/16/18 10:34 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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The only scope I have compared my Cronus to is a Kahles as I was checking it on my 6.5 SAUM that day to make sure it was on before a hunting trip.
My Cronus was bought when Cabelas had them on sale at XMas and with coupons I got it for around 950.00
The Kahles cost near 3000.00 and is a fine piece of gear and very well made IMO. So it was kind of embarrassing really when flipping between scopes to notice a slight edge in resolution and clarity with the Cronus while looking at steel targets at 650 yards. Maybe I got a really good one but I definitely wish I had bought two that day.
Next time I take it out I will try and take the US Optics and a Nightforce if I can remember.
Been too busy coyote hunting to get any range time in recently
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#7115029 - 03/18/18 08:41 AM Re: Athlon [Re: DStroud]
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
The only scope I have compared my Cronus to is a Kahles as I was checking it on my 6.5 SAUM that day to make sure it was on before a hunting trip.
My Cronus was bought when Cabelas had them on sale at XMas and with coupons I got it for around 950.00
The Kahles cost near 3000.00 and is a fine piece of gear and very well made IMO. So it was kind of embarrassing really when flipping between scopes to notice a slight edge in resolution and clarity with the Cronus while looking at steel targets at 650 yards. Maybe I got a really good one but I definitely wish I had bought two that day.
Next time I take it out I will try and take the US Optics and a Nightforce if I can remember.
Been too busy coyote hunting to get any range time in recently


Great info, thanks!

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#7115124 - 03/18/18 10:40 AM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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Are you looking for FFP?
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#7115303 - 03/18/18 02:11 PM Re: Athlon [Re: ranger_jackson]
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My dad bought the cheapest Athlon FFP 6-24 they sell, thinknit was $369. Figures for that money if it was a failure it would go on a backup rifle and be just fine set at 100yards. Havenít had a chance to test it other than sighting it in before deer season. Dad is 65, I am 33, both of us thought it was very clear for the money spent, but the turrets seemed a little mushy to me which I didnít care for. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I can run it out to 600-800 and do a tracking test
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#7115313 - 03/18/18 02:22 PM Re: Athlon [Re: jorge]
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Originally Posted By: jorge
Are you looking for FFP?


Yes Sir, I spent the money on a vortex-viper-hs-lr-6-24x50mm and love it. I was just wondering if Athlon might be an "Up and comming" company... with good prices until they catch on in the market then they will jack the price up. I have both ffp and sfp... I would like more ffp scopes.

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#7115617 - 03/18/18 08:09 PM Re: Athlon [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
My dad bought the cheapest Athlon FFP 6-24 they sell, thinknit was $369. Figures for that money if it was a failure it would go on a backup rifle and be just fine set at 100yards. Havenít had a chance to test it other than sighting it in before deer season. Dad is 65, I am 33, both of us thought it was very clear for the money spent, but the turrets seemed a little mushy to me which I didnít care for. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I can run it out to 600-800 and do a tracking test


I think that would have been the Argos BTR. Iím nearly positive it is the same scope as the Primary Arms FFP and the Falcon Menace just rebranded for Athlon. I donít know that for sure, but they all look identical, including the box the turrets are mounted to. If thatís the case, it should do ok out to 600-800 yards. A lot of guys online use the Primary Arms scope as their baseline for cheap long range optics
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