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Athlon Helos BTR GEN2 6-24×56 APRS6 FFP IR MIL Review

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    CHUCK
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    This is my review of the latest addition to my scope collection…the Helos BTR GEN2 6-24×56 APRS6 FFP IR MIL. To check out all of its wonderful features and specifications you can click on the link down below.  I'm just going to tell you my impressions and what I like about it after using it for a couple of weeks. I will tell you now though that this one is definitely a keeper!

    First let me tell you that it is a big hefty scope that weighs in at 34.5 ounces…that's just over two pounds! It's 34mm main tube coupled with its huge 56mm objective lens makes it seem like your looking through a great big bay window – the view through this scope is really fantastic. This is my new bench rest scope for testing the accuracy of ammo at the 100 yard rifle range. Honestly, it would not be my personal choice for carrying my rifle around in the woods all day. For that I would use my Athlon Helos BTR GEN2 2-12×42 AHMR2 FFP IR MIL, because I prefer a much lighter "point and shoot" scope for offhand shooting and carry purposes.

    One of the features I really like is the locking turret caps for both windage & elevation that you simply pull up to make adjustments, and then push back down to lock them. And you can remove the caps to set them at zero with just about any coin in your pocket or the back of your pocket knife blade. It also has a dedicated precision Zero Stop on the elevation turret.

    I like the fact that it will focus all the way down to 10 yards. I also like that its purged with Argon Gas instead of nitrogen, so I never have to worry about it fogging up inside when I take my rifle out of my ice cold air conditioned truck on a humid 100 degree summer day.

    But what I truly love about this beast of a scope is the APRS6 Illuminated Reticle and the fact that the glass is so amazingly clear for a scope of this price range…even all the way up on its highest magnification. Of the three high magnification 34mm scopes I tried out recently I decided to keep this one. I like the reticle in this one better than the more expensive scopes because it appears slightly bolder to me…which makes it much easier for me to see with my old eyes.

    So if you have been wanting to try out one of these new 34mm scopes that have gotten so popular lately, I personally recommend you give one of these a try. You can believe me when I tell you that this is one heck of a lot of scope for only $599.99 and why I am definitely keeping mine!

    All the best, Chuck Peffley

    https://athlonoptics.com/product/helos-btr-gen2-6-24×50-aprs6-ffp-ir-mil/

     

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    bertman77mk2
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    I always have one scope to turn up the power on and test rifle accuracy at extended ranges.  Great to hear of a “keeper” in this price range!  I have noticed in my refined age that my eyes are definitely not what they used to be and am always looking for the best reticle. 

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    steve123
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    Yep that's next on the list for me!

    Finally a less expensive scope above the Talos line with a good all .2 mil reticle that focuses at 10Y!

    Gonna be my go-to FT Freestyle/unlimited scope for 2021.

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    CHUCK
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    This scope makes me feel like yelling real loud…EEEEEEEEEE Haaaaaaaaaaaaw!!! 😆 😁

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    18.13
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    Got one ordered just waiting on a shipping noticed 

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    CHUCK
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    I know you guys are all going to love this big 34mm scope but I have to tell you that once you go 34mm its hard to go back to 30mm…the field of view seems twice as large. I was out shooting my FX Impact .30 with my Helos 6-24×56 on it today for several hours and must say the more I use it the more I'm loving it. 

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    bertman77mk2
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    What 34mm rings ya all use and what height?  I have Badger and Nightforce on most powder burners; just wondering as recoil is not an issue on an Edgun, Daystate, Taipan, or AGT.  

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    CHUCK
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    Bertman I am using the new FX No Limits 34mm scope rings that have the 1.5mm adjustment screw on each one for adjusting the elevation…I wouldn't use anything else!

    P.s. I set them on their highest setting so standing offhand I am looking through the center of the scope when I shoulder the rifle. Here's what mine look like…

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    bertman77mk2
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    Vendor?

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    CHUCK
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    Palm Beach Airguns

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    Ranchibi
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    Chuck, another great review of another of Athlon's line of scopes! That thing is a beast but with large glass comes weight but also light gathering! Like you said, perfect bench scope! Very nice reticle and do luv that it focuses down to 10yds!

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    CHUCK
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    Thanks Ranchibi you're right when you say it is a perfect bench scope, and mine will focus all the way down to 7 yards…I don't know if they all do that but mine does. My rifle just loves this scope too…because it balances her perfectly with the new 580cc carbon fiber tank on her. I can actually shoot more accurately offhand now because the added weight helps me hold my rifle much steadier. But like I said before though, I wouldn't want want to carry my rifle in the woods all day long with this big heavy scope on her.

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