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Best Sniper in Warzone: a guide to the best Sniper Rifles in Call of Duty: Warzone

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Want to know the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone? Sniper Rifles dominate 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?

Below we'll walk you through our picks for the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone, along with detailed overviews and stats on each weapon in this essential gun class.

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.

Here's the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone:

  • Swiss K31
  • ZRG
  • LW3 - Tundra
  • M82
  • HDR
  • AX-50
  • Pelington
  • Rytec AMR
  • Dragunov

The Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle in Call of Duty: Warzone

Swiss K31 - Best Sniper Rifle in Warzone

The Swiss K31 is unparalleled at mid-range sniping. Its closest statistical competitor is really 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. On Rebirth Island, the Swiss K31 and Kar98k should be the only snipers in your loadouts.

If you want to take over the game with a bolt-action, check out our guide to the best Swiss K31 loadout.


ZRG 20mm

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. It's going to take much longer to snap to targets than a Swiss K31, but your shots will reach their destination twice as fast. At extreme distances against moving targes, the ZRG is unbeatable.

Have a look at our ZRG 20mm loadout and you won’t be disappointed.


LW3 - Tundra

The LW3 Tundra is a good Sniper Rifle that 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!


An M82 in Warzone

M82

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 within its effective range. When your aim is a bit low and you end up with a body hit, getting that second shot out faster will save the fight. If you want the Warzone equivalent of the classic Barret .50 from the old Modern Warfare games, the M82 is the weapon for you.


HDR

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. Never feel bad about opting for an HDR; it's within striking distance of its superiors.

With our ideal HDR loadout, you too can relive the early days of Warzone.


AX-50

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 faster than the HDR. 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 not for competition.


The Pelington 703 Sniper Rifle in Warzone

Pelington 703

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.

If you just like the look and feel of the Pelington and want to give it a go, check out our guide to the best Pelington loadout in Warzone.


Rytec AMR

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.


Dragunov

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?


For your convenience, we have a handy stat table for every Sniper Rifle in Warzone. Use these numbers to contexualize our rankings and affirm your own Sniper choices.

NameDamageShots To KillRPMMagReloadADSMove %
Dragunov175 | 136 | 70 | 701-2 | 1-3 | 2-3 | 2-4208104.00s484ms91%
Rytec AMR250 | 112 | 102 | 911-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-316555.47s680ms???
HDR250 | 112 | 112 | 911-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-331.554.40s617ms87%
AX-50250 | 112 | 107 | 911-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-34054.15s617ms88%
Pelington 703250 | 112 | 102 | 911-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-35455.10s450ms95%
LW3 - Tundra250 | 112 | 102 | 911-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-34753.00s650ms95%
M82250 | 128 | 117 | 1021-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-318053.00s700ms95%
Swiss K31250 | 180 | 104 | 831-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-34252.95s454ms87%
ZRG250 | 173 | 126 | 1021-1 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-34352.95s567ms87%

If you're looking for stats on other weapon classes, visit our full Warzone weapon stats page for more!


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. In case you're still hungering for tips and stats, be sure to check out our other Warzone guides. Grab a secondary weapon from our guide to the best Assault Rifles in Warzone. For a full picture of the meta, visit our best Warzone loadouts guide and our full best guns in Warzone tier list.

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