Athlon Cronus BTR
4.5–29x56 $1,800 1st plane MOA reticle
This sophomore effort is a rocksolid 34mm precision scope that checks almost all the boxes. Good glass: check. Positive controls: check. Useful illumination: check. Simple and strong zero-stop: check. Handsome coyote-brown finish: check. Our two criticisms: While the controls are solid, they could use a touch more positivity to ensure there’s no overrun during competition. And the Christmas-tree MOA reticle (a mil-based reticle is also available) could use a few bold references to solve a problem we encountered—getting lost in a blizzard of windage dots at longer ranges.