Sniper Rifles dominate Call of Duty: Warzone and its sprawling, rooftop-dotted landscape. They always have, and they always will, thanks to the invaluable trait that a single headshot from a bolt-action Sniper Rifle is a guaranteed kill. So the question is: which sniper rifle do you use for that perfect headshot?
Our Best Sniper in Warzone guide will walk you through the seven snipers on offer in Season 3. 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 ZRG 20mm. It may be slow and cumbersome to use, but the most important thing with a sniper rifle in Warzone is guaranteeing that one-shot-kill headshot - and with the recent stealth nerfs to many weapons, the ZRG has come out on top when it comes to getting as close to a hitscan rifle as possible.
We'll talk more about how the ZRG 20mm 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||140 | 136 | 70 | 63||1-3 | 2-4 | 2-5 | 2-6||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 | 107 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||31.5||5||4.40s||617ms||87%|
|AX-50||250 | 112 | 102 | 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 | 112 | 102 | 91||1-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-3||180||5||3.00s||700ms||95%|
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.
Thanks to some balance changes in Warzone, the ZRG 20mm now stands atop the sniper rifle tier list. When you kit it out with the Agency Moderator and 43.9” Combat Recon barrel, it has the fastest bullet velocity in the game, just beating out the HDR.
Have a look at our ZRG 20mm loadout and you won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you have a secondary weapon to support your sniper or you’ll get caught short close by. This isn’t a quick-scoper, so you’ll be melted by even the tamest assault rifles from close range.
With the 26.9" HDR Pro barrel, the HDR offers a seriously strong option for heavy sniping. Since its bullet velocity now beats out the Tundra, the HDR is back as one of the premiere snipers, and fans of it from back in the Modern Warfare days will be delighted.
With our ideal HDR loadout, you can just point at someone's head and click, and they'll die at a shocking range. Really, that's what sniper rifles are all about. They're not there to be quick, or to fire often. They're there to eliminate threats before it ever becomes a gunfight, and the HDR is still a great rifle to use for this purpose.
LW3 - Tundra
The LW3 - Tundra used to be number one when it came to bullet velocity, but these days it struggles somewhat thanks to the developers nerfing it without saying a whole lot. True Game Data has more info on the specifics, but for now the Tundra doesn’t snipe quite as well as the HDR or ZRG 20mm.
I’d still recommend it if it feels good for you though! Whack on the Wrapped Suppressor and the extremely reliable 29.1” Combat Recon barrel and your Tundra will still pack one hell of a punch at long range.
Go give our LW3 Tundra Warzone loadout a look if you’re interested!
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. But as I said, this advantage pales in comparison to the advantage of eliminating bullet drop.
But the AX-50 does have one more trick up its sleeve: lower recoil. Why does recoil matter on a sniper rifle, you may ask? Because it affects the aim punch of the rifle, and how quickly and accurately the rifle returns to its starting position. This means with an AX-50 you're less likely to lose your target after firing than you are when using an HDR. It's still not enough of an advantage to contend with the HDR's Pro barrel, but even so, a lot of players swear by the AX-50 so it’s not to be underestimated.
The Pelington 703 is the gun you'll be after if the above snipers handle just a little too slowly for your liking. You'll need to kit this thing out with bullet velocity-increasing attachments like the Wrapped Suppressor and 27.2" Combat Recon Barrel, as well as a couple mobility-helping attachments. Realistically, you’ll struggle to beat the Kar98k when it comes to pure quick-scopign though, so unless you’re desperate to make it work, a marksman rifle might be more your style.
In another tale of semi-auto sniper rifles being underwhelming, this gun beats the Dragunov thanks to its ability to one-shot headshot in Warzone. However aside from this, it struggles in all other areas. Firstly, your bullet velocity is atrocious, meaning you'll have to be on the ball for getting those tiny little headshot windows on enemies, which means you'll need to improve it with attachments. This means you can't use your attachments in other areas, like to make the gun's mobility better, so all in all the M82 has a bit of a rough time in Warzone.
It's also not fast enough at firing to rival the likes of the DMR 14 either, so there's usually a better candidate for your gun slot.
There is one area the M82 does excel in though - bullet drop. Despite its slow velocity, your bullets barely fall out of the sky as you fire them. Of course, the bullet velocity means you’ll have to lead your shots anyway, but it’s an interesting niche for this gun to keep in mind.
Warzone's Anti-Material Rifle is exactly that. With its unique explosive and thermite round attachments, it can lay waste to a vehicle in just a few shots. But against players, the Rytec falls short compared to the other bolt-action snipers.
The trouble with the Rytec is that the thermite and explosive rounds enormously reduce your bullet velocity, meaning it's extremely difficult to land shots at long ranges against players. But without these rounds, it's simply a sub-par sniper rifle with extremely high recoil between shots. You can minimise this recoil with the right combo of attachments, but then your ADS speed will be utterly awful. It gets to the point where you'd just be so much better off with almost anything else.
The Dragunov is probably a formidable weapon in real life, it’s absolutely pointless in Warzone. Sure, it beats its fellow sniper rifles in the fire rate department, but the fact remains that the Dragunov is incapable of incapacitating a fully armoured enemy with a single shot, which makes it far less potent a threat-neutralizer than the HDR or the AX-50.
The effect is compounded in sniper battles, with two teams gunning for each other across hundreds of metres from separate rooftops. Having to expose yourself for the time it takes to hit two or three or four shots is really not good enough. Not when the enemy Tundra-wielder only needs to land one shot to end the battle. In the current meta, there's really no point in taking a Dragunov over any other sniper rifle.
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.