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has anyone used the Althon Ares ETR? glass quality, build quality as good as I have heard?

This guy says it is a better value for the money than the Nightforce NXS and Vortex Razor. Looking to see what you guys think. I am looking for a scope for my 6.5 CM I have a budget of $2000 but would rather not spend that much if possible and still get a good quality scope. My goal with this rifle is to be able to shoot 1000 yards and a mile someday if possible. I am not a competition shooting.

If not the Athlon Ares ETR anyone have suggestions on the best value scope for what I would like to do without going over $2k.

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Here is that video I found on youtube.


 

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I have 2 of them. Had them over 3 years without issue. The glass is clear, nice audible clicks. I bought it when it was 2500.00, and I have no regrets. So to see them at under 1900.00 to me is a great value.

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ya I like that. Do you think it is worth $700 more for the Razor over the Ares ETR? I do like the look of that Vortex better I think.
 

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ya I like that. Do you think it is worth $700 more for the Razor over the Ares ETR? I do like the look of that Vortex better I think.
I honestly could not tell you since I have never owned a Athlon optic. I will say that for under 2k the Razor gen 2 is a great choice, it is a bit heavy at 46oz, Ares is 36oz I believe. Only thing I really saw is the Athlon is made in China and the Gen 2 Razor is made in Japan.

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ok bud thanks for the info. I think I will do a little more research but I do like that vortex. its a good looking scope. Thanks again.
 

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We have sold hundreds of the Ares ETR,s https://cameralandny.com/shop?query=ares ETR to the guys over on SnipersHide and they rave about the quality. All the feedback we have received has made this scope a best seller. Please give us a call, 516-217-1000, to discuss it
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gr8fulddoug - how would you compare the Ares ETR to the Razor HD 2? any benefits to the Razor over the ETR.
 

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IMO the ETR is a superior scope. Optically about the same with better turrets on the ETR a nice reticle and overall quality control of Athlon products are better than Vortex
 

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IMO the Ares ETR is a superior scope. The optics of both are pretty much on par, however, the turrets of the Artes ETR are superior as is the quality control with Athlon vs Vortex. The reticle in the Ares ETR also seems to be a little nicer, but that's a matter of personal preference
 

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IMO the Ares ETR is a superior scope. The optics of both are pretty much on par, however, the turrets of the Artes ETR are superior as is the quality control with Athlon vs Vortex. The reticle in the Ares ETR also seems to be a little nicer, but that's a matter of personal preference
I would like to know what makes the turrets better or is it subjective? As far as quality control, vortex's lower end has issues, but comparing the ETR directly to the Gen 2 Razor the QC is top notch.

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The ETR turrets are very distinct and solid and IMO superior quality
 

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IMO the Ares ETR is a superior scope. The optics of both are pretty much on par, however, the turrets of the Artes ETR are superior as is the quality control with Athlon vs Vortex. The reticle in the Ares ETR also seems to be a little nicer, but that's a matter of personal preference
The IR MIL reticle looks just like the EBR-2C Vortex reticle with only just a few minor differences. Personally I've gotten used to the void in the crosshair center on the Vortex but I think both are decent enough reticles for PRS style shooting or inside 1000yd shots if you don't want to crank with a 6.5CM. You wont get there with a 9-10Mils reticle with a 308Win, you would need just a tad more elevation depending on you load and bullet of course.
 

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The ETR turrets are very distinct and solid and IMO superior quality
Please elaborate on "distinct", do you mean in feel, looks, design? The turrets on the Gen 2 are solid, i suppose thats why they sold so well. OP just remember everything is built to a price, if you want to compare the Athlon to something in the same price range them compare it to a Burris XTR 2, those have years of field use and are proven. https://precisionrifleblog.com/2018/12/21/best-scope/



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I do not have the Razor HD 2 to do a side by side so I cannot give a fair reply. We stopped carrying Vortex for various reasons a couple of years ago
 
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I guess my thing is the Ares ETR is $1200 and the average cost if the Razor is $2000. The guy in the video makes a good point "Is the Razor $800 better then the ETR". sounds like the ETR has a little more power, locking windage but doesn't have a clickless ZERO. Sounds like they bother have great glass, I am guessing that glass in this range of quality is just perception of each of our individual eyes. Other than that they seem to have pretty close specs. Both have the same warranty.

Is the clickless zero on the Razor worth $800 more, am I missing something about the Vortex that makes it worth the addition cost?
 

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I guess my thing is the Ares ETR is $1200 and the average cost if the Razor is $2000. The guy in the video makes a good point "Is the Razor $800 better then the ETR". sounds like the ETR has a little more power, locking windage but doesn't have a clickless ZERO. Sounds like they bother have great glass, I am guessing that glass in this range of quality is just perception of each of our individual eyes. Other than that they seem to have pretty close specs. Both have the same warranty.

Is the clickless zero on the Razor worth $800 more, am I missing something about the Vortex that makes it worth the addition cost?
Razor has locking elevation and windage turrets. Big thing I would say is design. I was looking at the features of the Athlon and I am curious about their lens assembly. The gen 2 uses a apochromatic lens assembly, it means the lenses are designed and assembled in such a way to correct for all 3 colors. This is why inexpensive scopes tend to have a yellow or blueish hue to them. I feel its an important feature to have.

Fyi I have no stake in what you spend your hard earned money on. I'm not affiliated with any optics company or store. If you can't justify the Gen 2, that's cool, I just want you to have factual information to make an informed decision.

Let us know what you end up with.

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Another alternative might be a Zeiss or Swarovsky at around the 1200 - 2200 dollar range. They are both good glass. I have a Vortex and a Zeiss and the Zeiss is definitely better glass. I have a Conquest V4 6-24 with illuminated reticle and plan to buy 2 more.
 
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