Predator 8 2-16x42

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German Precision. 8X

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. 

The Predator 8 2-16x42 is the lightest and most compact of the lineup and includes a rear focal plane E3 Ballistic reticle, with cascading subtensions and windage dots to help with tricky holdovers.


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Product Features: 
  • 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 E3 Ballistic reticle

Steiner Predator 8 Riflescope


Item No.MagnificationReticleObjective LensFocal PlaneTube DiameterSpecial FeatureField of View at 100 meters
30022-16xE342 mm2nd30 mmN/A2.37m - 18.92m / 7.7ft - 62.07 ft
Focal Plane2nd
Tube Diameter30 mm
Objective Lens42 mm
Field of View at 100 meters2.37m - 18.92m / 7.7ft - 62.07 ft
Eye Relief95 mm / 3.7 in
Exit Pupil8, 5mm 2, 7mm
Length13.5 in.
Weight23.4 oz
Diopter Adjustment Range-3dpt / +2dpt
Wind/Elevation Click Value1/4 MOA
Elevation Range at 100 m.55 MOA
Wind Range at 100 m.55 MOA
Parallax/Focus20m to INF / 20y up to INF
Nitrogen FilledYes
Operating Temperature Range-13°F to +145°F
Waterproof/Fogproof3 ft.
WarrantyHeritage™ Warranty

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Predator 8 2-16x42 is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic scope Very nice build quality. I have nothing bad to say about the product itself. I gave a 4/5 rating due to the instruction manual is missing vital information on how to overwrite/reset the ZERO STOP turret. The word ZERO STOP appeared once in the manual but there was no mentioning on its function or how to use it. I’ve also researched online but couldn’t find any video from Steiner for this matter. It seems the manufacture has assumed that the majority customers are already familiar with the term. If you are new to ZERO STOP turrets like me, you might run into issues when sighting in your rifle. The ZERO STOP might make you think you have bottomed out your elevation travel very quickly. Ironically, the competitor ZEISS has very detailed instructions and a video demonstration for their V4 lineups' ZERO STOP which saved my day. Once I have reset the ZERO STOP and adjustable rings on the turret, the scope seemingly to produce very consistent and repeatable results when dial to different distances.
Date published: 2023-08-21
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How do you set zero stop 

Asked by: Bigbob
If you send us an email at [email protected] we can walk you through that a bit easier.
Answered by: Steiner Technical Support
Date published: 2023-11-14

Where are these scopes made?

Asked by: TBH87
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-09-25

Hello, does the elevation turret lock?

Asked by: Ljbasshound
The elevation turret does not lock however there is a zero stop.
Answered by: Steiner Technical Support
Date published: 2024-04-30

I purchased this scope (predator 8 2-16). The spec sheet on the drop down part of the web page says this scope has a main tube of 30mm.The pdf downloaded spec sheet off the same webpage say this scope has a main tube body of40mm.What size mount do I need?

Asked by: Jonk
You'll need 30mm rings. The 40mm is for the objective.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-09-25

I won a raffle with SCI, got a Christensen riffle with a predator 8 2-16x24 scope, the manual was lost somewhere in the transaction, is there a downloadable one available or can you send me one? I love the scope but need some clarification on adjustments 

Asked by: Dan Atsma
Answered by: Steiner Technical Support
Date published: 2023-12-27
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