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Brock taking aim at Coyotes with the Midas BTR 4.5-27X50 Rifle Scope

Athlon’s Midas BTR 4.5-27X50 Rifle Scope…Brock (with Coyote Callin Outlawz) looking for that long range coyote out in South East Kansas. Coyote callin outlawz Coyote Callin Outlawz



Customer review of Midas BTR 4.5-27X50 SFP by Jacob Geldrich‎:

Customer review of Midas BTR 4.5-27X50 SFP by Jacob Geldrich‎:

A While back I picked up a new

.308 and had all intentions of mounting it with a vortex. Then along came the athlon Midas and on paper it’s a perfect match with and a price point of me getting to keep a couple hundred bucks in my pocket. So I figured I’d dig a little and see what’s it’s all about. After a bit of asking around for a real perspective I decided enough people like what Athlon has to offer so a bit the bullet and put in the order for a Midas BTR 4.5x27x50. Sure first impression are good, it’s pretty and came in a nice box but who cares about this stuff. Let’s get to range and see what the hype is about.

Here we go, two Remington 700 sps with 24″ bull barrels. First in my .308 mounted up with the Midas btr 4.5x27x50 in MOA with night force rings. The next is a Remington 700 300 win mag with 24″ bull barrel mounted up with the vortex viper pst 6x24x50 in mil rad with the same night force rings. To keep it fair both of these guns are being shot for the first time with there new scopes.

First impression was these scopes are the same, crystal clear glass with a perfect MOA reticle. At 100yrds still nothing but perfection. Now this is where it differed on the scopes. The parallax adjustment on the Athlon was a wider range making jumps from 100-200-infinity while the vortex offers a tighter range 100-200-300-500-infinity. I figured this would make a big difference but I found the clarity beyond 300yrds was the same and he had to adjust his parallax a few extra clicks.

Next let’s get to clicking. Adjusting this thing was an ease, it uses a 1/4 MOA adjustment and as for using precision I’m no Carlos Hathcock. I stick to 4 clicks is 1 inch and moving on. The athalon was spot on to adjustments made. This allowed for a less frustrating day on grouping my shots. The vortex was equal in performance.




At the end of the day one scope is $900 and the other $700. Both are amazing for less than $1000 price point and one is no better than the other. With the athlon be prepared to purchase a set of covers and a sunshade. I have no regrets on my choice of going with Athlon over vortex. Especially getting to keep the extra $200 in my pocket. Well Ill being buying a pelican case so I guess that money is already gone. I’ll leave you with the notation that if you can shoot like a military sniper then this scope with let you pick out what hair to shoot first. As for me I got to see my misses very clear.





Oscar – Talos BTR 4-14X44 Rifle Scope

Oscar Indreland from GA – Talos BTR 4-14X44 Rifle Scope…Quick Review:
Love it. Glass is impressively clear and the reticle is amazing. This is an excellent optic. I’m not even going to make a quantifying statement to go with it. Regardless of price this is a fine optic. Going to put 2 more on order!



FrankD (of Birdforum.net) Pre-VIEW of Cronus 20-60X86 Spotting Scope

FrankD (of Birdforum.net) Pre-REVIEW of Cronus 20-60X86 Spotting Scope:
This post isn’t meant as a full review as I only received a review unit of this scope yesterday. However, I was so impressed with this scope that I felt the need to begin the discussion on it. I only have a few comments for now and some pics to share but I thought it worthy of discussion.
For one, the quality level on all of the mechanics are excellent. Butter smooth eyecups, focusing knobs and zoom adjustment. No play, not too hard and not too fast. Perfect in my opinion.
Optical quality is absolutely excellent. I phonescoped some pics with the scope at 20x and 60x. These are completely unedited…vignetting left in the image. Probably not the best test photos as I was photographing Snow Geese approximately 150 yards away..and over a road, so heat shimmer plays a part. Still, the images turned out pretty well (phonescoped with the Iphone 6S and Phoneskope Universal adapter.)

I have a feeling three characteristics are going to be points of discussion, the prism design/housing, the focusing knobs and the eyepiece (bayonet style btw).

More to come!




Athlon Optics: Introducing Pro Staffer Joe VanSkyock Outfitter & Guide

Athlon Optics would like to introduce Pro Staffer Joe VanSkyock: Joe pictured in middle with the green arm cast.

I was raised hunting, fishing and trapping in Alaska and Indiana. Now a professional outfitter in Ohio and Florida for Whitetails, turkeys, gators and wild hogs.

Have been professionally in the hunting industry for 5 years now as a hunter, and videographer. My favorite personal hunt was my elk in Oregon with my bow on public land.




A Big Welcome to Athlon Pro Staffer Michael Wulf from Indiana

A Big Welcome to Athlon Pro Staffer Michael Wulf from Indiana:

My name is Michael Wulf and I live in SW Indiana. I’m married and have two children; a twelve year old daughter and four year old son. Our family enjoys spending time outdoors for all sorts of activities. I’m relatively new to the hunting sport with only about 6 years of experience now but have definitely caught the passion. I love to observe and learn to become the best outdoorsman I can.  That love also spills over to my family as well. My entire family tries to hunt together as much as possible. When we aren’t together we are definitely teaching and sharing our experiences in the outdoors whether it is hunting morels, sheds or sitting in the stands waiting for that elusive whitetail.

I have been fortunate enough to travel to Missouri to hunt turkeys and to Ohio to hunt whitetails. Both trips I was successful on my first time. Luck maybe, dedication absolutely!

Currently I manage three farms that have great potential of producing some great midwest whitetail genes. I also try to hit up the 8,000 acres of public land just quarter mile away from my house. I spend an immense amount of time learning the terrain and using my gear to help accomplish this.

I am very fortunate to work in the outdoor industry as a Sales Manager at American Whitetail, Inc. We sell competition archery mats, NASP school targets,  as well as hunting targets.



Attn Rifle Scope Geeks! Review Sniper’s Hide: Talos BTR 4-14×44 FFP mil.


Attention Rifle Scope Geeks! Here’s an in depth review on Sniper’s Hide talking about the Talos BTR 4-14×44 FFP mil.


If you want to go straight to Sniper’s Hide follow this link: http://www.scout.com/military/snipers-hide/forums/5511-rifle-scopes/14581356-athlon-s-talos-btr-4-14×44-ffp-mi-mil-review

“Doesn’t everyone have rifles that they don’t want to put even medium priced scopes on/$$$$, I know I do?
It wasn’t too long ago I was running three BSA 4-14×44 riflescopes on various air rifles, a 22 rimfire and on my CZ527 in 17R. I’d change them from one gun to another as needed because I didn’t have enough scopes for my all rifles. As the years went by I decided I wanted to stick with these features, I wanted FFP, mi/mil, 10 yard minimum parallax or less. The BSA’s had those features so I was somewhat happy. What I didn’t like about the BSA’s were a few things, first the image quality in them was poor, second was the reticle although serviceable, was a plain .5 based reticle with lines that were not labeled and didn’t have any defined 5 mil marking anywhere. So for holding over there was a lot of counting to be done which was a PITA. The other thing that wasn’t that great was the turrets, kinda mushy with play in between clicks and clicks not lining up. I was buying these from Midway for $250. Some friends and friends of friends bought these and we’ve had good luck with them.
My other scope of choice became the SWFA 3-15×42. It’s a few steps up in quality from the BSA’s but it’s approaching 3 times the price at $699. This is a scope that does most everything well. I have had only a couple complaints with them. Mainly the milquad reticle is a odd one. Not bad as far as reticles go but not great either. I have two of them and for some reason???, they don’t present a perfectly clear image past about 800 yards. It’s like I want to turn the side focus knob a hair more to clear the image up but the rotation has come to a stop. Other than these things they’ve been great scopes.

Onto the subject of this review;
Like I’ve mentioned in a past post. “This a scope that shouldn’t exist but does” What do I mean buy that?
Basically it comes down to this.

1st, we can now buy a $299 MAP FFP mil/mil scope with a super .2 mil hash reticle! A reticle which is in my opinion is laid out so well it’s competitive with any reticle, in any scope, at any price. It’s that nice!

2cnd, the image quality in the Talos I have is at least good, if not even very good. Is it S&B, March or Cronus good, uh no, but it is every bit as good or better than my SWFA 3-15’s, my Nikon 3-9, a couple old Bushnell SFP’s, and various other cheapy scopes I have sitting around collecting dust. In other words I actually like the glass in the Talos!

3rd, it has a illuminated reticle. Most of the reticle is illuminated instead of just the center dot like on some more expensive scopes. Although not daylight bright, on the highest setting, the illumination is visible in dim conditions. While shooting indoors I could see the reticle very well against the black aiming bull on a 10M Olympic match target and at twilight I could see it fine.
General overview. I’ll keep this part brief because there isn’t much to comment on.
I’ve pretty much covered the reticle and the glass quality so let’s look at some specs.

No perfect scope???!!!
Okay now for some things I wish were done a little better on the Talos.
The 5 mil per turn turrets could use some more refinement. There’s some play between clicks and the clicks don’t line up perfectly with their corresponding line on the turret housing “all the time, meaning sometimes they line up”. Well this is pretty much how the BSA’s were. Maybe I’m a bit picky about this by expecting more out of inexpensive scopes?! Maybe not.
As of now the turrets don’t have revolution indicator lines on the housing to show what rev you are on. Reminds me of the NF 2.5-10×24 I used to have. Fortunately for my uses with this scope I won’t be dialing much over 5 mils and hardly ever past 10 mils. I will say that I didn’t have any problems seeing what click I was supposed to be on and I didn’t forget where my zero was. This all has been discussed with the president of Athlon. He’s on it and working for improvement.

Ending on a good note. I’ve used this scope on 4 rifles now. A Daystate PCP air rifle, a AR-15 in 6mmFatRat, a AA TX200 springer air rifle and a 10-22 rf. For the third rifle I had put it on my AA TX200 spring piston air rifle to attempt destroying it. The Talos survived fine but my AA didn’t, it broke. Kind of a funny test. On these rifles I’ve held over and dialed to 8 mils without any drama. It held zero and tracked well.

My final impression is I really enjoyed using this scope in spite of it’s small shortcomings and I’m buying more!”

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