Today’s rifleman and hunter surely lives in a Golden Age. The continued advancement in optics, from magnification ranges to full-featured platforms and more affordable prices puts more technology in shooters’ hands. Now hunters get another solid choice with the debut of the Steiner Predator 8 Series of riflescopes. We put a whole bunch of rounds through it at the recent Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous, and it impressed.
Steiner Predator 8 Series Riflescopes
The Predator 8 Series brings a powerful 8X zoom, putting tremendous versatility into a hunting-class scope. It utilizes a 20mm tube chassis, with Steiner-quality glass. The company boasts optical clarity, light transmission and a wide field of view. The Predator 8 also brings 11 different brightness settings. Like most modern optics, the line features a fogproof and waterproof design as well.
The Predator 8 comes in three different 8X zoom ranges: 2-16×42, 3-24×50, and 4-32×56. Steiner also states the optics feature precision reticle adjustment for applying accurate DOPE in the field. The 1/4-MOA adjustments deliver audible clicks. Meanwhile, different numbered turret rings enable shooters to customize their turret for quick-elevation adjustment at pre-selected distances. The ballistic turret also provides a zero mode to deliver fast and precise dial-back to zero setting.
Both the 2-16x42mm and the 3-24x50mm come with the Steiner E3 second focal plane reticle. It works with most popular big-game cartridges. It also delivers holdover compensation out to 400 yards, with windage dots to adjust to 10 mph crosswinds. Meanwhile, the 4-32×56 utilizes the SCR (Special Competition Reticle) for long-range work.
Retail prices start at $2,069. For even more info, please visit steiner-optics.com.
Steiner Predator 8 Series Features & Specs
- Magnification: 2-16x / 3-24x / 4-32x
- Objective Lens Dia.: 42mm / 50mm / 56mm
- Tube Dia.: 30mm (all models)
- Focal Plane: 2nd (all models)
- Field of View @100 yds. (Low-High): 7.7-62.07 ft. / 5.2-41.3 ft. / 3.8-31.03 ft.
- Eye Relief: 3.7 in. (all models)
- Exit Pupil: 8, 5mm 2,7mm / 8, 5mm 2mm / 8, 5mm 1, 7mm
- Length: 13.5 in. / 14.7 in. / 15.1 in.
- Weight: 23.4 oz. / 25.2 oz. / 27.3 oz.
- Diopter Adj. Range: -3dpt – +2dpt (all models)
- Reticle: E3 / E3 / SCR
- Windage/Elevation Click Value: 1/4 MOA (all models)
- Max Elevation Range: 55 MOA / 40 MOA / 32 MOA
- Max Windage Range: 55 MOA / 40 MOA / 32 MOA
- Parallax: 20yds to infinity (all models)
- Temperature Range: -13°F to +145°F (all models)
- Nitrogen Filled/Fogproof: Yes (all models)
- Waterproof: 3 ft. (all models)
- Battery: CR2032 (all models)
- Warranty: Heritage™ Warranty (all models)
- MSRP: $2,069.99 / $2184.99 / $2,299.99