Escape From Tarkov Best RD-704 Build: Attachments, Ammo, And More

Escape From Tarkov Best RD-704 Build: Attachments, Ammo, And More
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Harry Boulton

Published 

15th Dec 2022 17:58

Getting your hands on the Escape From Tarkov best RD-704 build could be the key to surviving more raids and racking up more PMC kills. While it is arguably ammo in Escape From Tarkov that has a bigger factor in your success, you do still need a great gun to ensure your bullets actually hit their target. So, to find out what the Escape From Tarkov best RD-704 build is, make sure to carry on reading down below.

How To Get The RD-704 In Escape From Tarkov

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Since it was introduced into the game in the Summer 2022 wipe, the Rifle Dynamics RD-704 7.62x39mm assault rifle has taken the game by storm, rising straight to the top of the meta alongside the Mk47 Mutant. While a big part of this is the incredibly strong 7.62x39mm BP round that they both share, the RD also has a very favourable recoil profile with low horizontal recoil, making it a prime weapon for those who can control it.

Unfortunately, there is only one way that you can purchase the RD-704, and that is through Mechanic LL3 for 114,619₽. It was initially on the Escape From Tarkov flea market, but due to the surge in popularity, it was swiftly placed on the Escape From Tarkov flea market banned items list.

Best RD-704 Attachments In Escape From Tarkov

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Considering the price of entry for the RD-704, you're not really going to want to go for any 'budget' builds of sorts, as it is a waste of the gun's potential and your own hefty investment. While there are some things that you can do to make it work with a tighter wallet - like using the AK GP-25 recoil pad and the RVG foregrip - you might as well put in a bit more money for a stronger investment overall.

However, like always it is a good idea to get a picture of the lowest recoil possible on the gun, so that you can see how great the optimised build is in comparison. With the lowest recoil build possible, you will be able to get down to 44 vertical recoil, with a respectable 50 ergonomics with no sights, magazines, or tactical devices. Here are the attachments that you would use:

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  • Magpul M-LOK 4.1 inch rail (Mechanic LL2, 1,762₽)
  • AK AKademia Bastion dust cover (Skier LL1, 6,325₽)
  • AR-10 KAC QDC 7.62x51 muzzle brake kit (Mechanic LL3, 18,200₽)
  • Zenit RK-2 tactical foregrip (Skier LL4, 26,227₽)
  • KAC PRS/QDC 7.62x51 sound suppressor (Peacekeeper LL3, $548)
  • AKM/AK-74 Magpul Zhukov-S stock (Peacekeeper LL4, $198)

Strangely enough though, our optimised build is actually rather close to the lowest recoil, but with a few major changes. While you are gaining a little bit of recoil, you are making up for it in both ergonomics and price too, which makes a huge difference if you plan to run this build fairly regularly. This particular optimised build gives you 46 vertical recoil and 53 ergonomics, with sights and tactical devices included too.

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Here are the attachments that you'll want to use for the Escape From Tarkov best RD-704 build:

  • Magpul M-LOK 4.1 inch rail (Mechanic LL2, 1,762₽)
  • AK AKademia Bastion dust cover (Skier LL1, 6,325₽)
  • AR-10 KAC QDC 7.62x51 muzzle brake kit (Mechanic LL3, 18,200₽)
  • Zenit RK-1 tactical foregrip (Skier LL3, 20,496₽)
  • KAC PRS/QDC 7.62x51 sound suppressor (Peacekeeper LL3, $548)
  • AKM/AK-74 Magpul Zhukov-S stock (Peacekeeper LL4, $198)
  • Burris FastFire Weaver Base (Skier LL2, 1,820₽)
  • Magpul 2.5 inch rail (Mechanic LL2, 2,314₽)
  • Nightforce Magmount 30mm ring scope mount (Jaeger LL3, 6,313₽)
  • NcSTAR MPR45 Backup mount (Peacekeeper LL2, $77)
  • Burris FastFire 3 reflex sight (Skier LL2, 18,986₽)
  • Olight Baldr Pro tactical flashlight with laser (Skier LL2, 9,483₽)
  • EOTech Vudu 1-6x24 30mm riflescope (Jaeger LL3, 46,562₽)

You should realistically not be going for an optimised RD-704 build until you reach LL3 Escape From Tarkov Traders, as the prices on the flea market will far outweigh the value of the weapon. If you're only at LL3 though and the Zhukov is too pricey on the flea, there's not much wrong with going for a good old AK stock with the butt pad to tide you over.

As you can see, there are quite a lot of components here, but they are all pulling their weight to make this a top tier weapon. As usual, while we have picked sights that give you an option in every scenario, do feel free to go for whatever you're most comfortable with. The Vudu or Razer are particularly strong choices due to their low loss-of-sight-picture though, meaning that you can go full auto with the RD and still maintain clear sight of your target.

In terms of a magazine, it is a good idea to go for as large as you're comfortable with, as you will likely be going full auto with this weapon. While thirty rounders are ok for single targets, they become a bit tricky when dealing with a squad. On the flipside, larger mags are not only more expensive but also tank your ergonomics, but it could end up being a worthy sacrifice.

Escape From Tarkov RD-704 Best Ammo

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It is without question that the 7.62x39mm BP round is the best ammo for the RD-704. It is the ammo that has completely dominated the meta for the past few wipes, with 58 damage and 47 penetration it more than capably deals with class five and even class six armour.

In order to get the BP ammo though, you will need to have completed the Escape From Tarkov Grenadier quest from Prapor which can be quite tricky to complete if its your first time trying. Make sure to follow our guide for all the tips though.

If you've managed to pick up an RD-704 earlier on in a wipe cycle though, you can more than confidently opt for the 7.62x39 PS round, which has 52 damage and 35 penetration and will handle the more prevalent class four armour sets.

When Should You Use The RD-704 In Escape From Tarkov?

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As it is an assault rifle, the RD-704 can be applied to pretty much every use case in the game. It is of course strongest in medium range encounters, where its low recoil and powerful bullets will help you win gunfights with ease, but it can handily go shorter or longer than that. 

Its only minor downside is the comparatively lacking 600 RPM, meaning that you could lose out to an M4, HK, or Vector in CQB for example based on time to kill alone. However, due to the recoil changes in patch 12.12, this slower rate of fire has actually helped it a lot when it comes to recoil, so you are far more likely to hit all of your shots compared to an M4 or HK which suffer from a far more significant initial kick.

So, that completes this guide for the Escape From Tarkov best RD-704 build, giving you all the attachments and ammo you will need for the perfect assault rifle loadout. If you're wanting something cheaper and quicker though, make sure to check out our Escape From Tarkov best AKS-74U build for all the details.

Harry Boulton
About the author
Harry Boulton
Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.
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