Marksman rifles have a slightly strange spot in the Warzone meta. The semi-automatic and single-action weapons in the class function completely differently from one another, and are hard to compare directly. However, it’s clear that the more sniper-like options are head and shoulders above the rest.
Our Best Marksman Rifle in Warzone guide is here to catch you up on the standing of each of these options in the current meta.
The best Marksman Rifle in Warzone
The Kar98k is the best Markman Rifle in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded. This bolt-action rifle is a one-shot headshot at any range, making it a deadly addition to your arsenal.
We'll talk more below about the Kar98k and all the other Marksman Rifles in the game, but before we do that let's take a look at the stats of each Marksman Rifle:
|Name||Damage||Shots To Kill||RPM||Mag||Reload||ADS||Move %|
|EBR-14||175 | 60 | 60 | 55||1-3 | 1-4 | 2-5 | 2-6||260||10||1.9s||292ms||92%|
|Mk2 Carbine||175 | 108 | 90 | 90||1-2 | 1-3 | 2-3 | 2-4||88||6||4.31s||250ms||95%|
|Kar98K||250 | 154 | 86 | 86||1-2 | 1-3 | 1-4 | 1-5||44||5||3.58s||292ms||91%|
|Crossbow||300 | 120 | 101 | 90||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||14||1||3.33s||350ms||93%|
|SKS||175 | 57 | 52 | 48||1-3 | 1-4 | 2-5 | 2-6||315||20||2.52s||267ms||93%|
|SP-R 208||250 | 167 | 93 | 90||1-2 | 1-3 | 1-4 | 1-5||47||5||2.75s||350ms||92%|
Now that we have a better idea of the capabilities and traits of each weapon, let's discuss the tier list we've landed upon for the best to worst Marksman Rifles in Warzone.
This Call of Duty classic really functions more like a Sniper Rifle in Warzone, but with the quicker handling of the Marksman class. The Kar98k will drop any enemy with a single headshot at any range. If your aim is on, it’s one of the best weapons in the game. While its bullet velocity can’t quite match Sniper behemoths like the HDR, the Kar has snappy ADS speed and decent movement, making it the better option at closer ranges. If you’re looking to snipe on the move at a variety of distances, you can never go wrong with the Kar98k.
Check out our in-depth best Kar98k loadout in Warzone page for all the stats and attachment ideas!
The SP-R 208 is a solid weapon, but one that lives somewhat in the shadow of its older sibling, the Kar98k. Their damage properties are very similar, and the SP-R’s higher maximum bullet velocity gives it a slight edge at more extreme ranges. The Kar handles much faster though, and its bullet velocity is close enough that you won’t usually notice a difference. The SP-R is still a good gun, and a very stylish one too, but the Kar is the better overall choice.
Check out our guide to building the best SP-R 208 loadout in Warzone for shredding in the Verdansk!
If you are looking for style points, the MK2 Carbine is for you. This lever-action rifle needs an extra shot to kill compared to the Kar98k, but its significantly faster rate of fire actually affords it a near-identical time-to-kill on chest shots. Of course, that requires hitting an extra shot, so your tracking needs to be on point, and you can’t one-shot full-armor targets. Still, it's a lever-action rifle. Sometimes it’s worth looking cooler than your opponent.
The Crossbow is another great style points choice. It actually has higher headshot damage than its competitors at 300, but that won’t do you much good unless you have to take down a Juggernaut. If you miss the head on an armored target, you’re going to need to slowly reload and fire again. Unless, of course, you use explosive bolts to get that one-shot kill anywhere to the body. The range is unfortunately extremely limited by the fact that this is a crossbow. Bringing a medieval projectile weapon to a gunfight isn’t necessarily smart, but at least it’s pretty cool.
The semi-automatic Marksman Rifles are in dire need of some love in Warzone. Right now, they lack the one-shot headshot power of high-powered Sniper Rifles, and the fire rate and flexibility of Tactical Rifles. They have much higher headshot damage than Tactical Rifles, but if you’re hitting long-range headshots wouldn’t you rather just use a Sniper Rifle or Kar98k that will be a one-shot kill? There isn’t much reason to choose an SKS or EBR in Verdansk.
If you do want to try a semi-automatic Marksman Rifle though, go with the SKS. The higher rate of fire of this weapon makes it okay without headshots and gives you more chances to hit one. Still though, if that headshot doesn’t kill, you will find yourself wishing you just used a Kar98k instead.
The EBR-14 is really just a worse SKS right now. It fires noticeably slower, and the difference in damage is minimal. You can use it for the aesthetics if you like but that’s about the only advantage of the EBR.
And there you have it! Hopefully now you're a master of the Warzone Marksman Rifles arsenal, and you're ready to put your newfound knowledge to the test. But in case you're still hungering for tips and stats, be sure to check out our other Warzone guides, including our best Warzone loadout guide and all the latest Warzone weapon stats.