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When discussing the best sniper rifles in Call of Duty: Warzone, the HDR is often at the forefront of the loadout conservation. It’s been this way since launch and still remains true today, during the third season since Black Ops Cold War integration.

The HDR is many players’, and indeed Upcomer’s, choice for the best sniper rifle in Warzone. There’s not really another sniper that can match its raw power, which is the most important statistic when ranking weapons in the class.

While the LW3 Tundra comes close, it can’t outmatch the HDR in the damage department. This becomes even more of a one-horse race with the HDR’s recommended loadout, which hasn’t been altered much since Black Ops Cold War was integrated.

Best HDR loadout in Warzone

The HDR’s biggest attribute, as previously mentioned, is its damage. It can one-shot enemies from anywhere on Verdansk with the right attachments. However, this naturally comes with a trade-off, with the gun’s mobility being one of its biggest sacrifices.

Players won’t be quite as mobile when using the HDR. Of course, this can be balanced out by also rocking an SMG as part of a loadout. This allows the SMG to do all of the legwork and players can pull out the HDR when needed. It also means that the recommended loadout for the sniper doesn’t need to have too many mobility-boosting attachments.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ HDR Pro
  • Body: Tac Laser
  • Perk: FMJ
  • Stock: FTAC Stalker-Scout

The heart and soul of this loadout is the HDR Pro barrel. It increases damage range and also improves bullet velocity and recoil control, two stats that are essential for long-range encounters. Following that attachment up is the Tac Laser, which improves aiming stability as well as hip-fire accuracy if that’s ever needed.

Wrapping up the loadout are the tried and true Monolithic Suppressor, FMJ for extra bullet penetration and the FTAC Stalker-Scout stock to increase the HDR’s aim-down-sight speed. There’s not a sniper rifle in Warzone that can best this HDR loadout.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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