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Title: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on December 30, 2021, 02:50:40 AM
Anyone have any feed back on arken scopes?
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: adamR on December 30, 2021, 05:03:55 AM
I have a buddy that bought one last summer and is very happy with it. I dont have much for specifics though except that they are heavy. Watch the link below, the water test didn't go well for Arken...

Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on December 30, 2021, 07:29:15 AM
I did see that video. 
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: Jason on December 30, 2021, 07:39:27 AM
No, I don't have any real world experience with Arken scopes other than looking at a few and reading reviews. I was looking for a new scope last year and I ended up buying an Athlon Ares before hunting season and really like it. I think it's the best China made scope out there.
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: Farmer72 on December 30, 2021, 05:27:26 PM
My coworker bought a Arken and I was able to play with it. It seemed to be decent. I decided to go with the Athlon Ares btr. It had more power and was lighter but was a few hundred more though.
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: MHWASH on December 30, 2021, 07:11:59 PM
Thereís several reviews over at longrangehunting.com.

A buddy has one, first one he had to return, the second one was flawless, but I havenít talked to him since elk season.

For the same money Iíd personally go for the Athlon.
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on December 30, 2021, 07:12:11 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=936&v=vTAIOZFJDic&feature=emb_title

Looks like water proofing is fixed.  One heck of a torture test!!!
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: MHWASH on December 30, 2021, 07:15:55 PM
Hereís another option.https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/16158638/athlon-helos-btr-gen2-2-12x42-ahmr2-ffp-ir-mil-214105-is-in-stock#Post16158638 (https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/16158638/athlon-helos-btr-gen2-2-12x42-ahmr2-ffp-ir-mil-214105-is-in-stock#Post16158638)
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on January 19, 2022, 09:05:28 AM
So far the only thing here on here Iíve found was nwshooter saying they were a good buy.  The prices are kept low by not having a middle man. Can only order from arken just like the swfa scopes. 
Iíll have an ep5 Friday to play with. Iíll do a full review after Iíve had time with it
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: Oh Mah on January 19, 2022, 09:52:00 AM
I put one on my wife's youth .308,she shoots 180 grain bullets for elk.All i have to say is the drop test does not do the same as recoil does.I will never buy another one as it will not hold under heavy recoil.it is now after shooting a box of 20 through it junk. the turret is all the way up and gone.
now to find out what kind of customer service they have for a warranty.  :tup:
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on January 20, 2022, 05:17:44 PM
Scope arrived today.  Got it mounted up and zeroed.  No issues what so ever. Glass blows my vipers out of the water on first impressions.   Super simple zero stop.  Put 34 rounds on it today with my 300 wm.  Tall target test shows no discernible error at 0-75 Moa  Will report back after a few weeks of work with it. 
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: BeerBugler on January 20, 2022, 05:32:03 PM
Hereís another option.https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/16158638/athlon-helos-btr-gen2-2-12x42-ahmr2-ffp-ir-mil-214105-is-in-stock#Post16158638 (https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/16158638/athlon-helos-btr-gen2-2-12x42-ahmr2-ffp-ir-mil-214105-is-in-stock#Post16158638)


The Athlon Helos is what I went with also (6-24), if you are patient you can get them even cheaper than this. Great scope, no issues at all, built like NF, solid. When you canít put a $1500 scope on every rifle, this is the next best option.
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: Oh Mah on January 21, 2022, 02:02:34 PM
Scope arrived today.  Got it mounted up and zeroed.  No issues what so ever. Glass blows my vipers out of the water on first impressions.   Super simple zero stop.  Put 34 rounds on it today with my 300 wm.  Tall target test shows no discernible error at 0-75 Moa  Will report back after a few weeks of work with it.
Great news.I sent mine off,Hopefully it was just something inside mine that wasnt quite right.Nobody is perfect.they said 2 weeks and they will let me know what they find.
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on January 21, 2022, 04:41:38 PM
Mine is still performing flawlessly.  Hopefully it stays that way
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on January 22, 2022, 08:25:02 PM
This thing is huge.  Running flawlessly
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: grundy53 on January 23, 2022, 09:09:26 AM
Looks interesting.  I might have to give them a try.

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Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on January 26, 2022, 08:14:28 AM
Learned something yesterday.  Setting zero stop. If itís too tight it will move zero up.  If just screwed in enough to engage stop no poi shift.  Got just about 100 rounds through it now. Loving it.  Testing glass last night just about dark. Could see my 835 yard target at full power.  Vipers could not see it till almost lowest power. 
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: Alchase on January 27, 2022, 09:57:44 AM
Came a crossed this one

https://www.ar15.com/forums/ar-15/ARKEN-EP-5-5-25X56-Review--TL-DR-Nice-Budget-Optic-For-The-Money----/18-769890/
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on February 13, 2022, 08:27:03 AM
Came a crossed this one

https://www.ar15.com/forums/ar-15/ARKEN-EP-5-5-25X56-Review--TL-DR-Nice-Budget-Optic-For-The-Money----/18-769890/
This is my experience too.  Tracking is perfect.  Glass is good, I like the reticle.  It is not equal to a $1200 scope but it sure is better than any $500 scope Iíve ever used.  If your looking for a target scope and canít afford $1000 bucks itís a great choice.  Itís not a hunting scope, heavy.  For <$600 to my door with good scope base and level and throw lever you wonít beat it IMO

No experience with the sh4 but Iím loving the ep5
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on February 16, 2022, 08:08:06 AM
Finally a honest review and I agree with everything he says.   Though I have tested mine on tracking and itís perfect at least to 50 Moa I tested it to.  It is not better than a $1000 scope. But you wonít find a better one new for $800.  Jmo

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GXHV5qFuwzc
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: Alchase on February 16, 2022, 06:35:40 PM
Finally a honest review and I agree with everything he says.   Though I have tested mine on tracking and itís perfect at least to 50 Moa I tested it to.  It is not better than a $1000 scope. But you wonít find a better one new for $800.  Jmo

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GXHV5qFuwzc

Nice!

Rare to see honesty in product testing instead of corporate butt kissing anymore.
Title: Re: Looking for reviews on arken scopes
Post by: jasnt on February 16, 2022, 07:24:56 PM
Finally a honest review and I agree with everything he says.   Though I have tested mine on tracking and itís perfect at least to 50 Moa I tested it to.  It is not better than a $1000 scope. But you wonít find a better one new for $800.  Jmo

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GXHV5qFuwzc

Nice!

Rare to see honesty in product testing instead of corporate butt kissing anymore.
sadly it is getting rare. 

Just heard prices on these scopes are going up march 16th and lead time is now 8-12 weeks!
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