Sniper Rifles dominate Call Of Duty: Warzone and its sprawling, rooftop-dotted landscape. No matter how much the meta shifts, the power of one-shot headshots means they will always have a role. So the question is: which sniper rifle do you use for that perfect headshot?
Our Best Sniper in Warzone guide will walk you through every Sniper Rifle in Season 4 Reloaded. We'll go over the stats of each one, before talking about how each sniper stacks against the others.
Best Sniper in Warzone
Currently, the best sniper rifle in Warzone is the Swiss K31. This bolt-action sniper really has it all. The Swiss K31 has great ADS speed, and the highest chest shot damage in the Sniper Rifle category. There are plenty of viable options, but you can’t go wrong with the Swiss K31.
We'll talk more about how the Swiss K31 earns its place at the top in a moment. First, let's take a look at the below stat table, taken from our Warzone weapon stats guide:
|Name||Damage||Shots To Kill||RPM||Mag||Reload||ADS||Move %|
|Dragunov||175 | 136 | 70 | 70||1-2 | 1-3 | 2-3 | 2-4||208||10||4.00s||484ms||91%|
|Rytec AMR||250 | 112 | 102 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||165||5||5.47s||680ms||???|
|HDR||250 | 112 | 112 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||31.5||5||4.40s||617ms||87%|
|AX-50||250 | 112 | 107 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||40||5||4.15s||617ms||88%|
|Pelington 703||250 | 112 | 102 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||54||5||5.10s||550ms||95%|
|LW3 - Tundra||250 | 112 | 102 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||47||5||3.00s||650ms||95%|
|M82||250 | 128 | 117 | 102||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||180||5||3.00s||700ms||95%|
|Swiss K31||250 | 180 | 104 | 83||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||42||5||2.95s||454ms||87%%|
|ZRG||250 | 173 | 126 | 102||1-1 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||43||5||2.95s||567ms||87%%|
Now that we're all on the same page regarding the sniper rifles' traits and stats, let's take a closer look at each one and their relative viability in the ever-dangerous world of Warzone.
Swiss K31 - Best Sniper Rifle in Warzone
The Swiss K31 is unparalleled at mid-range sniping. Its closest statistical competitor is the Kar98k, which Warzone classifies as a Marksman rifle. The Kar98k has much faster ADS speed, but the Swiss K31 hits harder to the chest, making it a touch more forgiving. Relative to other true Sniper Rifles the K31 has lower bullet velocity, but it’s not something you’ll feel outside of extreme distances. If you enjoy posting up on rooftops and mountains with boundless sightlines there are better choices, but for general use in the unpredictable landscape of Battle Royale, the Swiss K31 is the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone.
If you want to take over the game with a bolt-action, check out our guide to the best Swiss K31 loadouts.
The ZRG is a hard-hitting bolt-action rifle with the highest bullet velocity in the game. It also has better ADS speed, rate of fire, and chest damage than the old velocity king, the HDR. You still won’t want to get caught up close with a ZRG out, but it’s the best sniper rifle at long distances where bullet velocity really matters.
Have a look at our ZRG 20mm loadout and you won’t be disappointed.
If you prefer semi-automatic weapons, the M82 is the best choice right now. It’s one of only two semi-automatic weapons that can one-shot headshot fully armored players. It doesn’t have great ADS speed and the bullet velocity sits somewhere between the quicker bolt-actions and heftier long-range behemoths like the ZRG and HDR, but semi-auto fire makes this weapon a lot more forgiving. If you want the Warzone equivalent of the classic Barret .50 from the old Modern Warfare games, the M82 is the weapon for you.
LW3 - Tundra
The LW3 Tundra is a good Sniper Rifle but it doesn’t really stand out. It has bullet velocity on par with the HDR with much snappier ADS speed, but it's still not enough to distinguish it from the ZRG. It’s close enough that you’re rarely going to notice the difference. Being very similar to other good weapons isn’t a bad thing though; the LW3 won’t hold you back if it’s your Sniper Rifle of choice.
Go give our LW3 Tundra Warzone loadout a look if you’re interested!
Before Cold War, the HDR was the unchallenged king of maximum range sniping. It’s still good in that role, but the ZRG just does the job better. Still, the HDR will do great at long range. The handling is a bit painful, but it’s no trouble at all to pick out long-distance headshots once you’re aimed. Plus this thing just sounds so cool I can’t help but dig it back out every once in a while.
With our ideal HDR loadout, you too can relive the early days of Warzone.
The AX-50 offers a smoother and faster ride than its marginally bigger sibling, the HDR. It's a more forgiving rifle, simply because if you miss your shot, you can fire another shot faster than the HDR can. The AX-50’s bullet velocity could never quite keep up with the HDR though, and it’s nowhere close to the ZRG. What niche it used to have has really just been eaten up by competitors at this point. Pick the AX-50 for the aesthetics, but otherwise leave it be.
The Pellington is a quick-handling Sniper Rifle, but it’s just entirely overshadowed by the Swiss K31. It has lower body-shot damage, lower bullet velocity, and virtually identical ADS speed. There just isn’t any way you can build the Pellington to beat the Swiss K31 at any role.
Realistically, you might as well just use a Swiss or Kar98k loadout.
The Rytec has a fire rate edge over the M82 but otherwise can’t keep up. It has a worse chest damage multiplier, ADS speed, and bullet velocity. The anti-vehicle incendiary rounds are kind of cool, but if you need to deal with trucks it’s usually easier to just use a launcher. But hey, sometimes you just want to use a big gun with exploding bullets. We understand.
The Dragunov has a better rate of fire and bullet velocity than its semi-automatic brethren, but its damage is much, much worse. It’s really more in line with the semi-automatic Marksman Rifles, and those have never been particularly strong. You could use the Dragunov as a mid-range Sniper if you just really wanted to, but it leaves us with a familiar question; why not just use something that can one-shot your enemies?
And there you have it! Hopefully now you're a master of the Warzone Sniper 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. We have all the best bangers you can play in your car with Warzone's war tracks, and if you're after something a bit closer range, check out our best MAC-10 class.