My #8 is the best shooting plane I own. I wouldn’t buy a #8 just for this purpose, but it is excellent. The momentum moves it through the cut smoothly and the large size makes it easier for me to grab.
I smile every time I haul that plane out. It is so ridiculous, but if you want something to be straight or something to be shaved out of existence, that thing will do it. Found it for $35 at a flea market. It was so rusted I wasn’t sure I’d get it apart to clean it up. Stanley was still selling bolt kits at that time, so I got a new set of misc. bolts and hardware for $10 in 2005-ish that fit a World War era plane. Amazing, really.