Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 Review (2023): Worth the Money?

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This is the only Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 review you’ll have to read.

In fact:

I’ve owned this scope for over 11 months now and have hand-tested everything, including zeroing, accuracy, reticle, durability, glass quality, and more.

By the end of this review, you’ll know if the Athlon Argos BTR rifle scope is for you.

Let’s get started!

Why should you trust me?

I actually bought the Athlon Argos BTR from my own money and tested it.

When I searched the market for a reliable, pocket-sparing long-range scope, I was bombarded with a list of cheap scopes.

So after talking to a couple of folks I met at a long-range shooting event, I hesitantly decided to buy the Argos BTR 6-24×50.

Once it came in, I hand-tested everything there is to the scope: glass clarity, reticle performance, tracking, turrets, durability, and every advanced scope feature.

I left no stone unturned.

What you see below is the result of months of testing and research.

Speaking of results, Athlon Optics did not sponsor this review. In fact, I don’t accept sponsorships or advertising on my site.

That means:

What you read here is my honest review of the Argos BTR. I reveal everything from the ugly to the good.

So with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get started with the Athlon Argos BTR scope review.

Here’s My Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 Review

Athlon Argos BTR 6-24x50

The Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 is the best long-range optic for under $300.

In fact:

You may have heard people saying the BTR performs like a $1000 optic (like the Burris XTR II and SWFA SS).

But…is that true? Or is that all marketing hype?

Read on to find out…

Glass Clarity & Reticle

For $300, I expected the glass to be mediocre.

Turns out, it was the opposite:

Athlon Argos BTR Reticle

In fact, the glass is very clear and crisp. Here’s a side-by-side comparison to my $2,000 Leupold 6.5 Creedmoor scope:

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We have three other primary assumptions being made here. First, the average bullet weight is encapsulated in the average muzzle energy for the .270 Winchester. The second important assumption is ‘slightly-suboptimal’ to ‘optimal’ shot placement. That is to say, we assume the moose being harvested is shot directly or nearly directly in the vitals (heart and/or lungs). The third assumption is that a projectile with appropriate terminal ballistics is being used, which for hunting usually means an expanding bullet.Various calibersA common thread you may encounter in online forums is anecdote after anecdote of large animals being brought down by small caliber bullets, or small animals surviving large caliber bullets. Of course those stories exist, and they are not disputed here. A 22LR cartridge can fell a bull elephant under the right conditions, and a newborn squirrel can survive a 50 BMG round under other specific conditions. Again, the goal of this article is simply to address the question of whether .270 Winchester is within the ideal range of suitable calibers to harvest moose - and to this question, the response again is yes, the .270 Winchester is A GOOD CHOICE for moose hunting. [Click Here to Shop .270 Winchester Ammo]This article does not serve as the final say, but simply as a starting point for beginner hunters, as well as a venue for further discussion. Please feel free to agree, disagree, and share stories from your own experience in the comments section below. Disclaimer: the information above is purely for illustrative purposes and should not be taken as permission to use a particular caliber, a statement of the legality or safety of using certain calibers, or legal advice in any way. 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Leupold Mark 5 vs. Athlon Argos Reticle Comparison

(Keep in mind, the Leupold Mark 5 costs 5X MORE than the Athlon BTR!)

However, this 1080P clarity gets worse at higher magnifications (18x – 24x). But for a $300 scope, I can’t complain. Moving past the glass, we’re met with Argos BTR reticle:

The APMR MIL reticle.

APMR MIL Reticle

(Also available in MOA).

Here’s what I liked about it:

First, the reticle is illuminated. This makes it easy to read in bright light, low light, or no light situations. It even comes with an 11 setting brightness knob:

Athlon Argos BTR 6-24x50 Brightness Knob

Second, the reticle is etched onto the glass. Meaning, you don’t need the illumination or a battery to operate. It’s also more durable and less likely to break than wired reticles.

Finally, it’s a first focal plane riflescope — a feature you usually only see in top dollar scopes. This is sweet for long-distance shooting since holdovers never change no matter what magnification setting you’re on.

Which means:

No more adjustments. No more calculating windage or holdover. Just zoom and boom.

Eye Relief & Eye Box

This is the scope’s biggest con…

It’s 3.3” eye relief.

Athlon Argos BTR 6-24x50 Objective Lens

This can be a bit tight for heavy recoiling calibers. But I’ve had no issues with it. Just be sure to practice good cheek weld.

Also, the eye box is generous. However, it could get a bit tight at higher magnifications (18X – 22X).

Durability

The scope is very durable.

It’s crafted from the same material that Nightforce uses — 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum. It’s also O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged.

Athlon Argos BTR 6-24x50 Review

This makes the scope completely waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof.

In addition, Athlon applied XPL coating to the lens. This protects it from dirt, grease, sand, and oil.

Which means you can use this scope in virtually any condition.

Elevation & Windage Knobs

The turrets are spongy. It moves easily without any resistance. This could lead to over-adjusting. However, there’s an easy solution to this problem:

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Re-greasing the turrets.

Here’s how:

First, remove the cap. Then, wipe out all the factory grease (with long cotton swabs and a cleaner). Finally, re-grease it with Halofun Green Slime Lubricant.

Once you’re done, you’ll notice the turrets are way more audible and less mushy. Problem fixed in under 10 minutes 🙂

If you’ve never degreased turrets before, here’s a step-by-step video showing how to do it:

Zeroing is easy. Within 7 shots of getting on paper, I was zeroed. The scope also held zero, despite being dropped twice.

But what about tracking?

I performed a tall target tracking test at 1,000 yards and surprisingly, the Argos BTR tracked true. Turrets proved to be reliable.

Magnification & Parallax

The 6x – 24x magnification is very versatile.

Whether I want to go hunting, pesting, plinking, target shooting, or even long-range shooting, I can do it.

The magnification from 6x – 20x is very clear. But anything above that, it loses some clarity and becomes a bit blurry.

So if you need a high degree of visibility for precision or extreme long-range shooting, you’re going to need a better optic (like the Vortex PST Gen II or Nightforce).

The parallax adjustment knob works like a charm. It’s smooth to turn and accurate.

Athlon Argos BTR Parallax Knob

Mounting & Rings

I have the scope mounted on a GG&G Flt Accucam Mount W/30Mm Rings. It’s very sturdy, easily adjustable, and light-weight.

However, it’s a bit expensive. So I recommend getting the Burris PEPR 30mm Mount. Works just as good.

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If you need some rings, make sure to get some based on the brand and type of gun you’re using. Generally speaking, get 30mm High rings, like these Warne 30mm Matte PA Rings.

Also:

If you shoot in sunny conditions, I recommend investing in an Athlon Sunshade. (Size: 50mm). It’ll help reduce glare and sun reflections.

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Lens caps are included with the scope 🙂

Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 Review: Is it Worth it?

If you’re getting started in long-range shooting, I highly recommend the Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50.

Besides the limiting eye relief and a slight reduction in clarity/brightness at high magnifications, it’s got:

  • Great glass
  • Durable build
  • First Focal Plane
  • Dead-on Tracking
  • APMR Illuminated Reticle
  • Long-range Capabilities (1,200+ yards)

Put another way:

You’re getting all the fancy long-range features at ⅓ of the cost.

It even comes with Athlon’s lifetime warranty. So if anything happens to it, they’ll fix it for free. It’s a solid long-range scope with solid warranty.

Disclosure

You may have noticed there are no ads, popups, or annoying autoplaying videos. That’s because I don’t accept ANY advertising on this site.

In fact:

I don’t allow anyone — including optic manufacturers — to sponsor my reviews. This enables me to write the most honest review without appeasing scope manufacturers.

However, Scopesfield.com is a for-profit website, and it’s your right to know any potential biases that may affect this review.

First, I do earn money on this site through affiliate links. This means, should you choose to purchase something after using my link, I may earn a small commission — typically 2-4%.

I don’t see what you purchase, nor does it affect your price.

In short:

I only get paid if you decide I should. This encourages me to write the most honest and useful review on the internet.

With that said, if you have any questions or concerns about this review, the Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 rifle scope or about rifle scopes in general, let me know in the comments below.

Update: Check out my review on the newest Athlon Argos BTR GEN2 6-24×50.

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>