Our view on the AX-50 vs HDR debate. Here's our guide on which snipers are best to use in Warzone

21:00, 23 Mar 2020

Snipers have been one of the most important weapons used in Call of Duty: Warzone since its release last week. In addition to our guide on loadouts, here are our recommendations on which snipers to use and how to kit them out with the best loadout options.

#3 – Dragunov

The Dragunov is the least favourable of the snipers, however, it still has its perks. Alike all three snipers, its headshot damage is enough to down an enemy in a single shot. Its fire rate is also much quicker than both the AX-50 and HDR, with it being the only semi-automatic sniper. This does give the wielder of a Dragunov a slight advantage in sniper battles in the fact that you will be able to get your second shot off quicker than the opponents if you both miss. The Dragunov can be somewhat underrated in mid-long battles, especially if you can be accurate to hit headshots.

It does, however, have many drawbacks. Its base damage is lower than both the other snipers’ and its bullet velocity over long ranges is incredibly difficult to master. The Dragunov’s bullets drop off after roughly 150m, meaning you will have to aim above the target at longer distances. This also makes it difficult to hit moving targets, and in this area, it has further drawbacks. With the velocity of the bullet being low, it also takes longer to get to the target, therefore if somebody is moving you will have to predict the movement for the until the bullet reaches them, this means that you’d have to aim in front and above the target to hit them directly which is no easy feat. Therefore, it ranks as our least favourable sniper.

For the best Dragunov experience we recommend using theses attachments for an added damage and range boost:

  • Muzzle - Compensator
  • Barrel – 660mm Extended Barrel
  • Stock – FTAC Hunter-Scout
  • Magazine – 15 Round Mags
  • Optic – (Preferential) Either thermal or Cronen C480 Pro.

The Dragunov could also be used as more of a semi-automatic rifle for more close-quarters sniping, where you could change the optic to Scout Optic and swap out the barrel for the shorter 510mm Compact Barrel.

#2 - Ax-50

The debate on which sniper is best does lie very much in the area of preference. Players do unlock the HDR first which may be why they prefer this weapon, but the AX-50 is still heavily affective. If players feel more comfortable on the AX-50, they aren’t at much of a disadvantage over the HDR.

Looking at the evidence though, some of the facts do point in the HDR’s favour, and therefore we have placed the AX-50 second. Albeit by a matter of frames, the AX-50 is slightly slower in bullet velocity and does have a minor bullet drop disadvantage, which can be the difference between hitting the perfect headshot or catching the opponent in the upper torso.

The AX-50 does have the same damage and fire rate as the HDR and does also have a better natural optic. Unless you are swapping the optic out for a thermal sight, the AX-50 has a comfortable feel. It zooms in slightly further than the HDR and the reticle has been favourable to the HDR with the cross in the middle.

To get the best advantages out of using the AX-50 we’d recommend the following attachments:

  • Muzzle – Compensator
  • Barrel – 30.0” Factory Barrel
  • Optic – (Preferential) Thermal Sniper Scope or Variable Zoom
  • Stock – Singuard Arms Marksman
  • Perk – Presence of Mind  

These attachments will give you the best results over long distances for damage and control, optimising the chance to hit those crucial headshots.

#1 – HDR

Again, preference does take control, however, the HDR has a slight advantage in velocity and accuracy which is pretty much perfect. The HDR has very little bullet drop off, even over ranges up to 250m, and has a quicker time between leaving the barrel and reaching its target. As with all snipers, there is a tiny drop off, especially from longer distances, but with anything under 250m you will hit a headshot by aiming directly at the head, whereas with other snipers you will have to aim slightly higher. It is also mythical that the zoom time on the AX-50 is quicker than the HDR, as they have the exact same zoom time.

The downfalls of the HDR come in the recoil and the optics, although the optics will most likely be swapped out for a thermal in Warzone. At first, the HDR doesn’t seem to recoil as much as the AX-50, however when both weapons re-centre the HDR sits a lot higher than the last shot, whereas the AX-50 centres only marginally higher. This isn’t too much of a problem though as it is likely your opponents will be on the move, resulting in you having to adjust your aim anyway. The reticle is also slightly annoying, with a chunky red circle followed by an outer ring. Most players have been using Thermal sights to locate enemies who are hiding, but this does also coincide with the HDR’s sight being less than popular.

We would recommend thermal sights too, along with these other attachments.

  • Optic – Thermal
  • Barrel – 26” Bull Barrel
  • Stock – FTAC Stalker-Scout
  • Ammunition – 9 Round Mags
  • Perk – Recon / Presence of mind

These attachments create a deadly HDR, which will be effective over ridiculous ranges, and is our choice for the best chance to win at Warzone

Bonus - Kar98K

The Kar-98K is one of the most popular guns on the game, and on the previous Call of Duty games, it has been a sniper. The Kar-98K is now a Marksman Rifle, however, it still possesses a deadly shot and utilises many attributes as the snipers do. For closer end game sniping, this weapon is a worthwhile choice. It’s also better for those who like to quickscope and use snipers at close ranges with devastating effects.

Our recommendations for attachments are as follows:

  • Optic – Scout Combat
  • Barrel – Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Muzzle – Flash Guard
  • Stock – FTAC Sport Comb
  • Rear Grip – Stippled Grip Tape

For recommendations on other classes and loadouts check out our full loadout guide, and stay tuned at GGRecon for more COD News, Warzone tips and tricks

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