I used the title as clickbait to get you to read this article on my new air rifle scope. GOT YA!
Seriously though, long before I purchased the Wildcat, I wanted a new scope. When I bought the Leapers 3-12x I thought-and still think it is a great all around hunting scope. 3X is a good magnification for 10 yard shots, and 12x is good enough for attempting long shots. But I constantly found myself with the magnification set to 5x, as it’s a good balance between field of view and precision for quick shots in the field. And I had trouble getting a sight picture at 100 yards on small targets.
I needed a 6-24x magnification.
I initially intended on purchasing a Hawke Air Max 6-24x scope with the SR6 reticle. Great field of view, plenty of holding points for windage and elevation, and a good price.
Then I was introduced to Athlon scopes. I had never heard of this brand. Made in China. Low cost. Had to be terrible, right?
But it had the features I was looking for.
And it was mil turret adjustment to mil dot reticle.
And the reticle had “tree style” mil dots.
And it was cheaper.
And it was a first focal plane scope!
First focal plane
What is a first focal plane? Simply put, the reticle grows as magnification increases. With FFP scopes, the mil dot holdover will be exact regardless of the magnification. Incredibly useful. It’s a feature exclusive to $700+ USD scopes.
I bought one.
The Athlon Argos BTR 6-26×50 APMR reticle.
Field of view is less than I hoped for-a little better than the Leapers, but nowhere near the Hawke.
Turrets have a loose click, and are more difficult to remove than the Leapers, but not a big deal.
Zoom is hard to manipulate, maybe because it’s still new.
Reticle is clear and easy to read, and has precise mil markings for range estimation.
Glass is clear. I wasn’t blown away by the quality, but I didn’t hate it either. Dark image at 24x in low light.
Paralax adjustment is easy, and range is very accurate-more so than the Leapers.
Granted, this all sounds like it’s a low quality scope. I’m just being critical.
This scope is amazing. Buy it. For the money, this is the best air rifle scope available.