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Trying to discern the best sniper rifle to use in Call of Duty: Warzone was already difficult enough with just Modern Warfare weapons. Since Black Ops Cold War was integrated, however, players have become truly confused as to which sniper they should be using.

While choosing a weapon is mostly a player’s preference, some simply use what’s considered to be “best in class.” As such, they need to know which weapon falls into each category. And, there’s perhaps no category more important than the snipers. (It’s worth noting that only sniper rifles count for this question, as marksman rifles aren’t technically part of the class.)

Choosing the best sniper in Warzone

Before a definitive answer can be given, it’s important to be aware of the best sniper from both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare. Since Cold War weapons are found as ground loot now, they’re more prevalent than ever. However, players who have never played Cold War may not know what’s considered to be the best sniper.

Without much question, the best sniper from Cold War is the LW3 Tundra. While both the Pelington 703 and Swiss K31 are great options, they lack the raw firepower of the Tundra. Alternatively, the best sniper from Modern Warfare is the HDR. As a true sniper rifle, the HDR has unmatched damage and has been the best option from the MW side since the beginning of Warzone.

As for the best sniper to use in Warzone, it’s still the HDR. It simply features the best stats in the game and has almost zero bullet drop-off when firing from any range. That’s perhaps the most important quality when discerning various snipers.

HDR gun model in Warzone
The HDR has been in Warzone since the beginning. | Provided by Activision

However, for those who enjoy playing quicker, the LW3 Tundra may be the best option. The Cold War weapon has better mobility and fire rate than the HDR while also closely matching its damage. This is perfect for players that don’t like moving at a snail’s pace around the map.

Still, for those looking for the absolute best all-around option, the HDR remains at the top in Season 3.

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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