Athlon or Discovery?

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    Rodeo
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    Not too long ago I asked about fixed power scope choices.  Thank you all for your input but I just did not find "the one".   I did however start looking into FFP scopes (thanks again for the advise on that).  Until yesterday I had never had the opportunity to look thru a FFP scope – Thanks Dan for having me over.  Dan has a REALLY nice Edgun R5M .25 long with a Discovery 18x on it.  (I think it was the VT-2?).   I had been concerned that the reticle on a FFP scope would be too thick at higher magnification but the Discovery @18x was fine.  Now on to my question:  can anyone give me a comparison between the Discovery 6-24×50 VT-T and the Athlon Argos BTR 6-24×50 APMR?  I like the reticle on the Athlon more – I usually use holdover – but I am considering starting to dial in elevation so I am not opposed to the Discovery's reticle (really like that they numbered it).  This scope will go on my Wildcat .25 and the Hawke Vantage that is on it now will move to my BSA R10.

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    douger
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    I have had them both still have the discovery mines the 4.5-18-44 very thin reticle smaller than the Athlon  both are very clear  mine has no lite reticle as I don't use it anyway. I like the reticle on the Athlon way more easier to see for me hope this helped  cant go wrong with either one really 

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    Rodeo
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    Which one do you think has the better turrets?

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    douger
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    definitely the discovery  side focus on the Athlon is not correct either or at least wasn't on mine I called Athlon they said its just a reference  my discovery is on the money  

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    Rodeo
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    Douger, do you mainly hunt, plink, target shoot or a bit of everything?  And… do you ever get used to the blue lens caps?  Lol   

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    douger
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    I do mostly target shooting in my yard I have 50 yard range  pesting  also as I live in place where the tree rats are plentiful  rabbits  never use the lencs caps but like the honey comb shade rather than a 3 inch longer scope 

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    jgburks
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    If you can swing it, take a look at the Athlon Ares. I've looked through both, and the Ares has much better glass, but you pay for it. I love mine.

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    Kaeokini
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    I was on the fence like most of the guys looking for a scope that was priced reasonable. I went with the Athlon because of the warranty they offer, wouldn't you know the Athlon scope I got had issues with the eye relief ring, called Athlon filled out the paperwork and they sent me a new scope. I don't know it Discovery has that kind of warranty, but I did buy 3 more Athlon scopes, Helos 6-24×50, Ares 4.5-27×50, and the newest to family Midas TAC 6-24×50 all in FFP due to the excellent customer service & warranty. just my .02

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    stoti
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    Athlon!

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    BigTinBoat
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    Kaeokini

    I was on the fence like most of the guys looking for a scope that was priced reasonable. I went with the Athlon because of the warranty they offer, wouldn't you know the Athlon scope I got had issues with the eye relief ring, called Athlon filled out the paperwork and they sent me a new scope. I don't know it Discovery has that kind of warranty, but I did buy 3 more Athlon scopes, Helos 6-24×50, Ares 4.5-27×50, and the newest to family Midas TAC 6-24×50 all in FFP due to the excellent customer service & warranty. just my .02

    Went to the Discovery Optics site to read their warranty. Here's what is there, nothing more. I think I'd be a bit cautious.

    Lifetime Warranty

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    Rodeo
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    The Athlon Ares is out of my price range.  I could up the ante to include the new Hawke FFP if it is worth the added $160.  

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    Kaeokini
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    I picked up the athlon midas tac on Amazon $570.00 with a coupon brought it down to $548.00 I don't know if they still have the coupon available but try and see. Out of the 3 athlon scopes ares & midas tac are just as clear as my high end powder burner scopes (vortex & nightforce)

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    FukoChan
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    Ive owned 3 athlon argos scopes. 2 of them were great out of the box the last one I had the zoom ring was super stiff. You needed a channel lock to change mag lol. Then the parallax was way off. However, the glass on all of them were jaw dropping for the price. I would buy the fourth one anyday!

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    csexton
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    The discovery will be hard to beat in Value. I have the VT-T6-24×50 on my 25 Wildcat. Glass is super clear and see the attached photo of the reticle. You can't find a better scope for $243 with delivered.

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    Rodeo
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    Yup, that is what I saw looking thru Dan's 18x Discovery – nice clear glass.  Good to know that it is just as nice on the 24x.  Out of curiosity, what yardage is the target at in the reticle picture?

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    Imold
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    I picked up a 89.00 VT-Z 4-16×44 just to try out and the only complaint I have is I need to have the Ocular adjustment just about all the way out to get a clear sharp reticle image other then that it’s not to bad so if the opportunity presents itself I might try a more expensive FFP from Discovery.

    With the technology out there now days and everyone copying other manufacturers scopes it’s not hard to find a nice scope out there under 200.00, it might not say Hawke,Vortex,Nikon etc but they are out there if you look around.

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    csexton
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    The yardage in the Reticle Photo was 55 yards.

    I'm not sure if  a cell phone does it justice but it’s the best I could do.

     

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