Ares BTR GEN2 4.5-27×50 APLR3 FFP IR MIL HD

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Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

Where to BuyMSRP: $1,062.49


Built off the success of the 1st generation Ares BTR, the GEN 2 is still a top-tier riflescope, without the price tag. The Ares GEN 2 acquires a new stainless steel turret design, just like the Midas TAC and Ares ETR lines. The new turret design features sharper, more tactile clicks. Still featuring HD glass, a new optical system provides an even brighter and clearer image throughout the magnification range. A one-piece, precision machined aircraft-grade aluminum 6061-T6 aluminum scope body, precision zero stop, and impeccable tracking will deliver precise, accurate results in any field.

This Ares BTR 4.5-27×50 Model has APLR3 first focal plane illuminated MIL reticle in it. Please click the link or download the reticle instruction manual in Specification for more details…



Ares BTR 4.5-27x50 APLR3 FFP IR MIL





HD GlassHD Glass gives you better light transmission,  brighter, and  sharper image.
Illuminated ReticleThe illuminated reticle provides greater visibility during dusk and dawn and other low ambient light environment.
First Focal Plane ReticleFirst focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as you zoom in or out. The reticle offers quick target engagement at low power while offering precise holdover positions with finer details.
Etched Glass ReticleReticle etched on the glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to recoil
Advanced Fully MulticoatedFully Multicoated optics effectively reduces reflected light and increases the transmission of light giving you a brighter image than normal single coated lenses
XPL CoatingXPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches or anything else mother nature can throw at you.
Precision Zero Stop SystemThe system allows you to lock down your zero position and dial back to it with a sharp and precise stop right at your zero mark even you are turning it in pitch-dark or blinded folded.
High Precision Erector SystemThe high precision erector system processed by high precision CNC machine with +/- 0.0001mm tolerance level to provide you the most accurate power settings and smoothest magnification change
6061 T6 AluminumThe 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube that has exceptional strength and superior mechanical integrity will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it.
Exposed Tactical Direct DialExposed Direct Dial Turrets for elevation and windage allow you to quickly make adjustment as you needed and engage your target within a blink of your eyes
One Piece Tube ConstructionHeat treated one piece tube gives the scope extra strength over multi-piece tubes. A one piece tube also is better at keeping moisture out thus keeping your scope fog proof for the life of the product
WaterproofWaterproof to protect the scope in the harshest weather conditions or if accidently submerged underwater
Fog proofFog proof to allow you to immediately engage your target when you take your rifle to cold ambient temperature from warm inside
ShockproofRobust mechanical system with special designs on both control and erector system that give you the ultimate recoil resistance to withstand 1000G recoil for 1000 times.
Argon PurgedArgon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .



Magnification 4.5-27
Objective Lens Diameter 50 mm
Reticle  APLR3 FFP IR MIL, Glass Etched illuminated
Surface Finish Matte 
Lens Coating Wide Band Fully Multicoated 
Extra Coating Xtra Protective Coating 
Tube Material 6061 Aluminium 
Tube Diameter 30 mm
Exit Pupil  11.1-1.8 mm
Eye Relief 3.9"
Field of View @100 yards 22.7-3.8 ft
Click Value 0.1 mil
Adjustment range per rotation 10 mil
Total Elevation Adjustment 24 mil
Total Windage Adjustment 24 mil
Turret Style Exposed Direct Dial
Parallax Adjustment Side Focus – 25 yards to infinity
Purging Material Argon 
Length 13.8 "
Weight 27.3 oz
User Instruction Manual Download 
Reticle Manual  Download 

11 reviews for Ares BTR GEN2 4.5-27×50 APLR3 FFP IR MIL HD

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh Tyrrell

    This scope can’t be beat for anywhere close to its price. I sold a Bushnell tactical elite dmr that cost 300 more and replaced it with this. Turrets are very precise and repeatable reticle is crisp colors are perfect and bright with no shift. I’ve shot it against a IOR valdata at 650 yards that’s triple the price and i honesty think this had better glass. This is my second Athlon and definitely not my last

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    This was my very first scope purchase off of advise from a friend and… this thing ROCKS! It has amazing eye relief & very positive turrets. After being familiar with scopes that come with rifle purchases, I am amazed at all of the features that are packed into this rifle scope. I cant wait to start PRS.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Went out and shot the Ares BTR 4.5-27, I’m by no means a master with scopes, I haven’t even ever shot a S&B or USO, however, I have shot quite a few budget optics in the 3 gun world and quite a few low-mid range optics on long guns. Zeroing was pretty effortless, was zeroed in 3 shots, then confirmed with a 5 shot group. After which I took off the turrets and set the Zero stop on the elevation turret. The only hard thing here was the hex bolts that hold on the turret and zero stop seem to be metric, so I had to deal with a wrench that wasn’t quite the right size. After getting everything tightened back down, I shot 2 shots to verify that I didn’t get off at all, which I didn’t. I then proceeded to dial up and and down the full 14.3 mils that my zero allowed me with my 20 MOA base. After dialing up and down 4 or 5 times rapidly, I reconfirmed that zero didn’t shift, which, despite my best efforts bumping against the stops, didn’t shift even a little bit. After playing with the turrets I wanted to see how well they could dial for effect. I “measured” the distance between two pasties I put on a white board using the scope’s internal hash marks, dialed 2.7 mils and fired at the bottom target. Dead center impact on the top target. Bingo.

    I then went over to the 450 yard bay (longest we have at my local range) held over 2.2 mils (my dope according to my ballistic app) and fired at a 8 inch plate. Ding. I repeated this twice more. 2 more easy hits. I then dialed 1 mil and repeated the test, impact both times I fired. After this I dialed the full 2.2 mils and impacted 2 more times on that target. At this point I was getting a bit bored, so I shifted to the tail of the full size deer target we have at the range (probably 2.5 inches wide and 5 or 6 tall) the rest of my shots were all impacts.

    Oh. Did I mention that I left my house for the range at 7:00 PM. Last light was at 8:50. Most of my shooting was between 8 and 8:30, so it was pretty dark. I was thoroughly impressed by the light gathering capabilities of this scope. Granted, its probably no where near the ability of some of the more expensive scopes, but I think it did pretty well, shooting well past sundown, up until 20 minutes before last light.

    At one point, around the time I dialed the full 2.2 mills, it was getting dark to the point where it was getting a hard to make out the reticle on the black targets. I turned on the illumination on to its highest power 6, which I was immediately blinded by and turned down to 3, which provided more than enough to be able to make out the reticle.

    Compared to my 6-24 PST I’d say its glass was at least as clear, but the magnification was…. strange.. at 27x I found myself wondering why it didn’t seem as magnified as my PST at 24. Perhaps it was the FFP vs SFP playing tricks on me. I like the turrets MUCH better on the Ares than on my PST. After adjusting my PST turrets for zero I could never get the hash marks to line up again (could have been the gorilla with the wrench, who knows). At this point, I’m satisfied with my decision to “upgrade” to the Ares from the PST, though both scopes would serve anyone just fine.

    Pros: Very clear glass for the price point, fairly positive and accurate elevation turret, Good light gathering capabilities, dead accurate tracking, very bright illumination.

    Cons: Windage turret is lacking the same spunk as the elevation turret, though it seemed to be just as accurate, mirage was pretty heavy, though I was able to work through it, magnification at full didn’t seem as magnified as my 24x vortex (but this could just be me)

    Conclusion: Very impressed by the scope, positive enough turrets (see above) and very good tracking and decent enough glass. For the price, I’m very satisfied.

    Video of turrets and some other stuff:

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    collie roberts

    I received my Ares BTR 4.5×27 mil ret. yesterday went to the indoor range to get it sighted in glass is amazing quality turrets crisp and audible. In short will be buying Athlon scopes for now on. For the money you spend I don’t think you can get better quality. I am one happy camper

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carroll L LePori Jr

    The Ares BTR is a great scope for a great price. This is my second scope from Athlon. I purchased the Cronus when it came out and have been nothing but impressed with their product. The features and quality are fantastic. You will not be disappointed.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    james pope

    You can’t go wrong with Athlon Ares btr ffp. In my opinion this scope can compete and beat any scope in its price range Period!, And is equal to and may best many scope costing 2X more. I have and or had ffp 24+ power Mill scopes From Nikon, Vortex, Leupold, Sig and Burris and compared all comers to the Ares and the Ares beats them ALL! Stop searching for Perfect scope wasting time get an Ares BTR 4.5-27×50 APLR3 FFP IR MIL , You will no be sorry

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Athlon Ares BTR; Many things can be said about this scope. The quality of the glass is superb. The turrets are sharp and precise. Not mushy, although having owned two of these scopes, one having better turrets then the other I was perplexed. Took the cap off the mushy one, wiped off grease. Excellent turrets now, crisp, audible, and tactile. The MOA and MIL reticle are both nice. Illumination is great it doesn’t bleed off. Tracking tests on both MIL and MOA are great, spot on. The fast focus ocular is good, smooth. Now, Athlon customer service is fantastic. I had an accident where my rifle fell of the shooting bench, dented the bell end of the scope, probably a 1in dent along the bell. I spoke to Dustin, and he got me fixed up in no time, sent me a new scope out no questions asked.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Madrick

    I now own two Argos BTR 8-34×56 and Two Ares BTR 4,5-27×50. After using testing and enjoying the clear XD glass and fantastic eye relief of the Ares BTR I couldn’t accept anything less for my LRS rifles! The Argos is a great scope and better than my Vortex Viper PST 1st edition! But after trying Ares it is far superior than any other that I have tried for anywhere close to this price! I know some think that the turret clicks are not as loud as the other scopes $300+ more expensive, but my feeling is the turret positioning is very solid when moved and loud enough. I don’t get concerned about the clicks not being loud enough! The tracking of the turrets on all my Athlon scopes are excellent and repeatable! The Athlon company has produced a wonderful LRS scope that can easily go out beyond 1000 yards without adding more MOA in the base! Compare the specs on the mil or MOA scope to others yourself on the Athlon website Look at the scope specs and you won’t find one better than this without spending 40-50% more.
    I love the zero stop on the Ares! Great job Athlon!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have owned night force and many other brands and you simply cannot beat the features for the price.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Byron Schurman

    Just brought 2 more what a great sale 300 off I wish I would of waited but hea that’s life athlon well always have my business 100%

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    I just bought my third Athlon BTR, this one for the 400 yard LR challenge at my gun club. I expect this one will be every bit as good as the one I put on my Savage Axis 6.5 Creedmoor. I am using it on our 600 yard range and, trust me, you cannot beat it for the price and it may be hard to beat irregardless of the price. Thanks Athlon!

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