Our view on the AX-50 vs HDR debate. Here's our guide on the best snipers in Warzone including attachments and setups.

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, you can watch our video on the Best Weapons to Use in Call of Duty: Warzone below, and read on for our recommendations on which snipers to use and how to kit them out with the best loadout options.

#4 – 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 - Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel – 660mm Extended Barrel
  • Stock – FTAC Hunter-Scout
  • Magazine – 15 Round Mags
  • Optic – (Preferential) 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.

The Dragunov poses some good attributes but doesn't rank well amongst the best snipers in Warzone
The Dragunov poses some good attributes but doesn't rank well amongst the best snipers in Warzone

#3 - Rytec AMR

After nearly 11 months of Modern Warfare, we finally have a new sniper on our hands; the Rytec AMR sniper arrived in the Season 4 Reloaded update. So far, The Rytec AMR has yet to burst on to the scene, and rather caused a bit of a stir with its overpowered attachments. As a base sniper is incredibly powerful but doesn't excel in mobility, and in its birthing stages, it appears to be a solid choice for a slower player who prefers sheer force and accuracy. In fact, the Rytec AMR is the slowest out of all snipers in terms of mobility and ADS. 

However, despite the lack of mobility, you can equip incendiary or explosive rounds to this sniper which offers you the chance to pack an extra punch here, with the chance of hitting a shot capable of dismemberment on your opponent. 

For the best Ryetc AMR experience we recommend using these attachments for an added damage and range boost:

  • Muzzle - Rytec AMR Suppressor
  • Barrel - FTAC Seven Straight
  • Stock - FTAC Trekker
  • Rear Grip - Stippled Grip Tape
  • Ammunition x59mm Explosive 5-R Mags

Although it doesn't quite break the Ax50 v HDR meta, hitting someone across Verdansk with the explosive rounds can prove to be quite entertaining. The Rytec AMR sits third in the best snipers in Warzone.

The Rytec AMR is the only DLC Sniper to be introduced, but has yet to set the world alight. It comes in third in our best snipers in Warzone list.
The Rytec AMR is the only DLC Sniper to be introduced, but has yet to set the world alight. It comes in third in our best snipers in Warzone list.

#2 – HDR

Entering the AX-50 vs HDR debate, 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. 

The downfalls of the HDR come in the recoil and the optics, although the optics will most likely be equipped to a variable zoom 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 are 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 sticking to the 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 the variable zoom sights too, along with these other attachments for the best HDR experience.

  • Muzzle - Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel – 26.9” HDR Pro Barrel
  • Stock – FTAC Stalker-Scout
  • Laser - Tac Laser
  • Optic – Variable Zoom

These attachments create a deadly HDR, which will be effective over ridiculous ranges, and if it wasn't for its lack of mobility, it would our choice for the best sniper in Warzone.

Even with its incredible accuracy and power, the HDR has slipped out of first place, in the AX-50 vs HDR Debate, landing in second place in best snipers in Warzone
Even with its incredible accuracy and power, the HDR has slipped out of first place, in the AX-50 vs HDR Debate, landing in second place in best snipers in Warzone

#1 - 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 just as effective, if not more so. In the start of Warzone, the HDR may have just edged it, with the thermal scope meta which proved to be very overpowered, which is why some players feel more comfortable with it than the AX-50. However, the meta changed and now players value speed and mobility, paired with good accuracy and power, over sheer brute force, and this is where the AX-50 excels.

The AX-50 is the preferential choice for players as it has a slightly quicker ADS when you equip the attachments that make it so deadly, compared to the HDR. Albeit by a matter of frames, the AX-50 does have a slightly slower bullet velocity, however, you're still able to down an opponent in a single bullet to the head, and quickly lock on to your next victim.

The AX-50 also has 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. Whilst sniping is all about comfortability, the AX-50 tends to feel more natural than the clunky HDR.

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

  • Muzzle – Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel – 32.0” Factory Barrel
  • Stock – Singuard Arms Marksman
  • Rear Grip - Stippled Grip Tape
  • Optic – (Preferential) Variable Zoom

These attachments create a deadly AX-50, which will be effective over ridiculous ranges, and is our choice as the best Warzone sniper to win.

Topping the AX-50 vs HDR Debate, the AX-50 comes in as the best sniper in Warzone, due to its mobility and accuracy.
Topping the AX-50 vs HDR Debate, the AX-50 comes in as the best sniper in Warzone, due to its mobility and accuracy.

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

With a recent buff, the Kar98k can now rival the best snipers in Warzone, as a deadly long-ranged weapon.

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