Steiner Predator 8 Scope: Precision Done Right

Finding the right optic to suit your needs can be a challenge, but it’s easier if you check out scopes made by respected manufacturers. Steiner is one such manufacturer, and their Predator 8 line is a great option for those interested in glass specifically designed for greater precision while hunting. The Predator 8 line includes a trio of scopes made to fulfill specific needs for longer-range performance.

Steiner Predator 8
The Predator 8 is the most versatile and precise line of hunting optics ever made by Steiner featuring a powerful 8x system. (Photo credit: Steiner)

Steiner provides details of the Predator 8 line of optics:

The Predator 8 is the most versatile and precise line of hunting optics ever made by Steiner featuring a powerful 8x system. Be prepared for hunting any species, in any terrain across the globe with a Steiner Predator 8.

An integrated customizable ballistic turret allows shooters to reliably and accurately dial for bullet drop, and three different numbered, movable rings, can be set to custom distances for quick dialing. Audible and tactile turret mechanics provide sure, intuitive operation and a Zero Mode means shooters can quickly get back to zero without coming off the optic.

A wide field of view and high-contrast lens coatings ensure fast, brilliant, and crisp images with high edge-to-edge sharpness and outstanding detail recognition. Users will not lose accuracy on dark targets or in low light with illuminated reticle options with 11 brightness settings.

Steiner Predator 8
According to the manufacturer, the Predator 8 4-32×56 includes an SCR reticle for extreme precision at the range or in the field. (Photo credit: Steiner)

Features of the Predator 8 4-32×56:

  • Integrated customizable ballistic turret
  • High-contrast glass with best-in-class optical clarity
  • Extra-wide field of view
  • Industry-leading light transmission
  • Versatile 8X system
  • Illuminated reticle with 11 brightness settings
  • Zero mode
  • Rear focal plane SCR reticle
Steiner Predator 8 3-24x50
Steiner states that the Predator 8 3-24×50 includes a rear focal plane E3 Ballistic reticle, with cascading subtensions and windage dots to help with tricky holdovers. (Photo credit: Steiner)

Perhaps the most impressive feature of these optics is the triple-ring turret. Each ring allows the shooter to set the optic for accuracy at varying distances. To use the feature, the user simply adjusts to one of their pre-set ring settings. This corrects drop in a quick, straightforward manner. That’s an especially useful ability while hunting. If you’re in a hurry to get on a moving target, being able to dial in quickly is incredibly helpful.

A closer look at the turrets of the Steiner Predator 8.
A closer look at the turrets of the Steiner Predator 8. (Photo credit: Steiner)

Each of the three scopes has features meant for specific applications. For example, they have different reticles, all made to help you get the best results possible. Magnification varies too, of course. The three options are:

  • Predator 8 4-32×56
  • Predator 8 3-24×50
  • Predator 8 2-16×42

These optics are made to be used and have durable housings and good-quality glass. Whether you’re a hunter or simply a shooter who wants greater precision out of their rifle, the Predator 8 lineup is well worth a closer look.

MSRP for the Predator 8 optics varies by specific model but starts at $2,069.99.

Which model do you think is best? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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