The Best Sniper In Cold War [Loadout Guide]

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Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is getting new weapons every season, and the players have already got two sniper rifles, making the total tally five snipers. New sniper rifles may be released in the coming seasons and current season 6. All sniper rifles are not similar in terms of performance and use in the game. This is why I have curated this guide and mentioned the best sniper in the Cold War.

Key Takeaways
  • Cold War featured many Sniper rifles that had different stats and characteristics.
  • Some snipers dominate in extreme long-range, while some possess the ability for quick scoping and fast kills.
  • The selection of the best Sniper depends on the player’s choice and playing style.
  • Equipping the snipers with the right attachments and loadout setup in Cold War further enhances their combat potential.

Best Snipers In Cold War Summary

My guide entails all the information a newcomer or returning player needs regarding sniper rifles in the game. This is why I have mentioned the most and the least picked sniper rifles in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.

Here is a quick look at the comparison between the Top 5 Snipers in Cold War:

WeaponMagsRounds/MagsDamageReload TimeFire RateUnlock
LW3 – Tundra4.05.0110.03s47 RPMLevel 25
Swiss K314.06.0110.02.8s60 RPMTier 31 S3 Battle Pass
ZRG 20mm5.03.0110.02.8s27 RPMBy earning 2 Longshot medals in 10 different matches
Pelington 7034.05.0110.05.1s54 RPMLevel 4
M824.05.0110.03s180 RPMLevel 55

1. LW3 – Tundra

Best Sniper For One-Shot Kill
Unlock Mags Rounds/Mags Damage Reload Time Fire Rate
Level 25 4 5 110 3s 47 RPM
  • Why I chose this: Ultimate one-shot, high damage, high recoil, bolt-action precision sniper.

LW3 Tundra is a bolt-action, extremely high-damaging, high-recoil, and slow-rate of firing sniper rifle in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. This is a base game weapon, and to use it, players need to unlock it by reaching level 25 in the game. When it comes to top-tier, one-shot but slow-rate of fire kind of a sniper rifles, LW3 Tundra sits at the throne of sniper rifles in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.

Best Sniper in Cold War
LW3 Tundra Sniper Rifle

Without a doubt, LW3 Tundra is the top-tier sniper rifle in the game. So, players can take this weapon’s efficiency up a notch by slotting the right attachments.

Here are the attachments I recommend for LW3 Tundra and make the best sniper loadout in Cold War.

  • Optic: AN/PVS-4 Thermal
  • Muzzle: Stabilizer .308
  • Barrel: 28.2″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Mounted Flashlight
  • Underbarrel: Bipod
  • Magazine: 7 RND
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad
  • Increased Ammo Capacity
  • Better Recoil Control
  • Increased ADS Stability
  • Improved Bullet Velocity
  • Aiming Stability

 

  • Limited Mobility
  • Aim Walking Stability
  • Decreased Sprinting Speed

 

Perks

  • Perk one: Flak Jacket
  • Perk two: Assassin
  • Perk three: Gung-Ho

2. Swiss K31

Best Sniper for Fast-Paced Action.
Unlock  Mags Rounds/Mags Damage Reload Time Fire Rate
Tier 31 S3 Battle Pass 4 6 110 2.8s 60 RPM
  • Why I chose this: Strong damage, manageable recoil, improved accuracy, quick aiming, and compatibility with zombie mode.

In my opinion, Swiss K31 is currently the second-best sniper in the game in terms of more serious damage, moderate recoil, better accuracy, and decent aiming speed. This sniper is also a bolt-action one that became a part of the game during Season Pass 3. To unlock and equip the Swiss K31 in multiplayer, players need to level up and reach tier 31 in Season Pass 3. 

Best Sniper in Cold War
Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle

Swiss K31 is already an excellent sniper rifle in the game, but still, it needs the perfect attachments that can significantly improve the overall weapon’s performance. So, without further ado, here is the list of attachments you need to slot into Swiss K31 and create the best sniper loadout in Cold War while running with this sniper rifle.

Here are my recommendation for the best attachments:

  • Optic: Iron Sights
  • Muzzle: Stabilizer .308
  • Barrel:9” Tiger Team
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Fast Reloading time
  • Increased Muzzle Velocity
  • Recoil Stabilization
  • Better Accuracy and Handling

 

  • Aim Down Sight Speed
  • Decreased Sprinting Speed

 

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho & Ghost

Equipment

  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System
  • Grenade: Molotov

3. ZRG 20mm

Best Sniper for Slow and Steady Shots
Unlock  Mags Rounds/Mags Damage Reload Time Fire Rate
By earning 2 Longshot medals in 10 different matches 5 3 110 2.8s 27 RPM
  • Why I chose this: Single-shot, high-damage bolt-action sniper with deliberate precision and a slow RPM of 27.

ZRG 20mm is a slow rate of fire, high-damage, and one-shot bolt-action rifle that is the third-best sniper. Like Swiss K31, this sniper also has 110 base damage, which is enhanced by slotting attachments to the weapon. ZRG 20mm comes with three rounds on the stock magazine, so there is an obvious disadvantage while equipping this weapon. 

Best Sniper in Cold War
ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle

Since ZRG 20mm comes with a smaller magazine size and slow rate of fire, players need to install the right attachments to counter this sniper rifle’s negatives. Moreover, without these attachments, the weapon feels inconsistent. To create the best sniper loadout in Cold War while using a ZRG 20mm, players must unlock and equip the following attachments to this sniper rifle.

For attachments, I go with the following options:

  • Muzzle: Stabilizer 20
  • Barrel: Rapid Fire
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Magazine: 5 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Better stabilization while aiming
  • Higher accuracy over long-range
  • Improved Firepower
  • One-shot kill capability

 

  • Limited Rounds
  • High Recoil Kickback

 

Perks

  • Perk one: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk two: Assassin & Gearhead
  • Perk three: Ghost & Gung-Ho

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

4. Pelington 703

Best Sniper for Quickscoping in Cold War
Unlock  Mags Rounds/Mags Damage Reload Time Fire Rate
Level 4 4 5 110 5.1s 54 RPM
  • Why I chose this: Swift elimination and quick scoping with exceptional ADS speed.

Formerly known as R700, from COD MW2, the Pelington 703 returned in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. At the game’s launch, before the release of Season Pass contents, Pelington 703 enjoyed the title of the best sniper in Cold War for quickscoping.

As one out of three sniper rifles at the launch of COD Black Ops Cold War, Pelington 703 was used mostly for quick scoping and faster eliminations. The main reason behind this was the rifle’s excellent aim down the sight (ADS) speed. Best Sniper in Cold War

Pelington 703 Sniper RiflePelington 703 dominates the close to mid-combat fights in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. Players must equip the following attachments to the weapon to keep the CQC more intense and quickscoping much more manageable. After all, players will need the proper setup to create the best sniper loadout in Cold War while using this sniper rifle.

For attachments, I use the following options:

  • Muzzle: Sound Moderator
  • Barrel: 26.5″ Tiger Team
  • Magazine: 7 RND
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad
  • Better Movement Speed
  • Sprint to Fire Speed
  • Improved Hip Fire Accuracy
  • High Bullet Velocity
  • Damage Range
  • Horizontal Recoil Control
  • Limited Mobility 
  • Requires precision and accuracy

Perks

  • Perk 1: Cold Blooded
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Ninja

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade

Finally, for the Field Upgrade, players should go with the Field Mic.

5. M82

The Best Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
Unlock  Mags Rounds/Mags Damage Reload Time Fire Rate
Level 55 4 5 110 3s 180 RPM
  • Why I chose this: Semi-auto action, and the game’s fastest-firing sniper.

Formerly known as Barret .50cal and now titled as M82, it is the least preferred sniper rifle in COD Black Ops Cold War. This weapon is the only semi-auto sniper rifle with 180 RPM, making it the fastest rate-of-fire sniper in the game. However, M82, even with attachments, makes it difficult to eliminate targets with one shot.

Best Sniper in Cold War
M82 Sniper Rifle

Installing the attachments and equipping the perks and equipment mentioned below will create the best sniper loadout in Cold War for M82 users. However, the sniper rifle is still far from the perfect weapon in the game. 

Here are my attachment choices for M82:

  • Barrel: 19.5” Ultralight
  • Underbarrel: Front Grip
  • Magazine: 7 RND
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Marathon Stock
  • Semi-Auto mode 
  • High Firing Rate
  • Better TTK
  • Horizontal Recoil Control
  • Lower damage
  • High recoil kickback

Perks

  • Perk one: Paranoia
  • Perk two: Assassin
  • Perk three: Cold Blooded

For the Wildcard, the Law Breaker will be a perfect fit for this M82 loadout.

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Field Upgrade: Jammer

My Take on Best Snipers

The Cold War features plenty of options when it comes to choosing a sniper. Players have to really take some time to find the perfect sniper for getting those long-range clean kills. The options I mentioned in the list are the most optimal choices that suit almost all kinds of playstyles. So, try out my recommended options along with my class setup do some slight alterations according to your preference, and dominate your opponents.

That is pretty much everything you need to know about the best sniper rifles and the best sniper loadout in the Cold War. Have you used all five snipers in the game? Which one has been your favorite so far? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

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