COD Warzone 2.0: Best Marksman Rifles [Top 5]

From my extensive 120-hour Warzone 2 experience, I present the following Marksman Rifles options.

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 highly emphasizes Marksman Rifles this time around. The game’s overall higher recoil and faster time to kill means every shot matters. This makes Marksman rifles a great choice for players, with their higher damage per round and better accuracy. However, it takes serious grinding and commitment to unlock weapons and fully upgrade a single marksman rifle in Warzone 2.0.

Key Takeaways
  • Warzone 2 features many Marksman Rifles, with more added in coming updates.
  • Each rifle has unique perks, and the selection of a specific firearm depends on the player’s choice and playstyle.
  • Marksman Rifles are advantageous for mid to long-range combat, eliminating the need for a heavy bolt-action Sniper Rifle.
  • Equipping Marksman Rifles as primary may lead to being overpowered by deadly ARs and SMGs in extreme close-range situations.

Why Trust Us: With a solid 120+ hours invested in Warzone 2, Huzaifa Malik’s insights carry weight, making him a highly reliable source.

COD Warzone 2.0 Best Marksman Rifles

Before I begin, let’s compare the stats of these Marksman Rifles:

RiflesDamageShots to KillDPSADSReload TimeMag Size
SA-B 50180/162/90/901/1/2/2189.0300ms3.65 sec10.0
Lockwood Mk2153/108/90/901/2/2/3196.0280ms5.6 sec6.0
LM-S121/66/66/552/3/4/4381.0280ms3.05 sec10.0
SPR-208195/167/93/931/1/2/2198.0350ms3.65 sec5.0
TAQ-M136/84/71/652/2/3/3346.0270ms2.58 sec10.0

5. SA-B 50

The Marksman Rifle with impressive Mobility and Handling.
Showing the SA-B 50
The SA-B 50 Bolt-Action Marksman Rifle (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Weapon  Damage Shots to Kill DPS ADS Reload Time  Mag Size
SA-B 50 180/162/90/90 1/1/2/2 189 300ms 3.65s 10
  • Why I chose this: It is easy to carry and handle, especially in large maps.

The SA-B 50 is a snappy and lightweight bolt action rifle that excels in mobility and handling. It’s the quickest Marksman rifle in the game, with respectable damage output and handling. With mobility being its strong suit, you can use it for quick scoping and easy mounting at the cover.

Even though it has a slightly weak firing rate, this is undoubtedly one of the best marksman rifles in Warzone 2.0 for close-range combat.

SA-B 50 Best Loadout

For this loadout, I’ll make the SA-B 50 even better as a close-range weapon. That way, you can guarantee yourself a kill or two in an immediate encounter.

For that, I recommend the following attachments:

  • Stock: XRK Specter Mod
  • Scope: SP-X 80 6.6X
  • Rear Grip: Schlager Match Grip
  • Laser: Corio Lazz-44 v3
  • Bolt: FSS ST87 Bolt
  • Good accuracy
  • Good mobility and handling
  • Manageable recoil
  • Relatively less power
  • Less fire rate

4. Lockwood Mk2

The best Marksman Rifle for beginners.
Showcasing the Lockwood Mk2
The Lockwood Mk2 Lever-Action Marksman Rifle (Image Captured by eXputer)
Weapon  Damage Shots to Kill DPS ADS Reload Time  Mag Size
Lockwood MK2 153/108/90/90 1/2/2/3 196 280ms 5.6s 6
  • Why I chose this: It has good accuracy and is easy to handle.

For a long-range weapon, the Lockwood Mk2 blows all other Marksman Rifles out of the water. This gun has it all – Damage, Range, Mobility, and Handling. The Lockwood Mk2 is one of the best guns for beginners, and with a wide array of uses, it can accommodate multiple playstyles. You can use it as a long-range rifle with a quick firing rate or a short-range weapon with insane stopping power.

Lockwood Mk2 Best Loadout

The Lockwood Mk2 has a firm grip on the basics. However, in this loadout, I’ll focus on Lockwood’s long-range capabilities since that’s an aspect most Marksman rifles fail in. So, if you prefer long-range combat, this loadout is for you!

For Mk2, I use the following attachments:

  • Laser: Accu-Shot 5MW Laser
  • Optic: Teplo-OP3
  • Muzzle: FTAC Dreadnought
  • Barrel: 25″ Buffalo Barrel
  • Ammunition: .45 GVT Hollowpoint
  • Good fire rate
  • Fast ADS
  • Manageable recoil
  • Weak Firepower
  • Lower mobility

3. LM-S

The Marksman Rifle with impressive Fire Rate.
Showcasing the LM-S
The LM-S Semi-Automatic Marksman Rifle (Image by eXputer)
Weapon  Damage Shots to Kill DPS ADS Reload Time  Mag Size
LM-S 121/66/66/55 2/3/4/4 381 280ms 3.05s 10
  • Why I chose this: It has a semi-automatic feature with high firing rate.

The LM-S has the quickest fire rate out of any Marksman Rifle on this list, even surpassing the EBR-14. You can quickly follow up on your single shot with an extra one to confirm a kill. This makes the LM-S one of the best weapons for multi-kills and DMZ, where you’ll get a few AQ kills.

It’s one of the best Marksman rifles that offers a blend between automatic and snipers in COD Warzone 2.0. Unfortunately, the LM-S does have slightly weak damage and accuracy, so it’s not the best for long-range engagements.

  • High base damage
  • Good TTK
  • Impressive fire rat
  • Higher recoil
  • Lower mobility

LM-S Best Loadout

The LM-S is already a beast when it comes to short-range, but for Warzone, a massive map means you need to have long-range effectiveness. Therefore, this LM-S loadout will primarily improve its accuracy.

  • Stock: RAPP-762 Factory
  • Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10
  • Ammunition: 15 Round Mag
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Muzzle: Polarfire – S

2. SPR-208

The Marksman Rifle with best recoil control.
Showcasing the SPR-208
The SPR-208 Bolt-Action Marksman Rifle (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Weapon  Damage Shots to Kill DPS ADS Reload Time  Mag Size
SPR-208 195/167/93/93 1/1/2/2 198 350ms 3.65s 5
  • Why I chose this: It has manageable recoil and good precision, even at long-range interactions.

When it comes to base accuracy and recoil control, the best Marksman rifle in COD Warzone 2.0 for the job is the SPR-208. Being an alternative to the Lockwood Mk2, this weapon is the closest to a sniper rifle in terms of usage since it comes with a focus on long-range combat and respectable damage. However, it does also come with the drawback of having the weakest fire rate out of any Marksman Rifle. However, with a few attachments, that issue can be easily fixed.

SPR-208 Preferred Loadout

I’ll have primarily focused on a loadout that increases the SPR-208’s firing rate and overall speed so that it becomes viable in the mid-range as well. The SPR-208 is already extremely powerful for long-range engagements. However, you’ll eventually have a lot more enemies around you as time passes in Warzone.

For SPR, I recommend the following attachments:

  • Stock: ZRL T70 Pad Extension
  • Laser: FSS Ole-V
  • Optic: SPX-80 6.6X
  • Bolt: FSS ST87 Bolt
  • Ammunition: 10 Round Mag
  • High mobility
  • Good recoil control
  • Swift ADS
  • Limited range
  • Lower fire rate

1. TAQ-M

The overall best Marksman Rifle.
Showcasing the TAQ-M
The TAQ-M Marksman Rifle (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Weapon  Damage Shots to Kill DPS ADS Reload Time  Mag Size
TAQ-M 136/84/71/65 2/2/3/3 346 270ms 2.58s 10
  • Why I chose this: Most impressive base stats in the Marksman Rifles category.

If you’re looking for a great all-rounder weapon, then the TAQ-M is definitely for you. Belonging to the TAQ family, the TAQ-M is easily one of the best Marksman Rifles to have in COD Warzone 2.0. This weapon is easy to use, incredibly efficient, and viable in almost any range and situation.

The TAQ-M has only one noticeable drawback – fire rate. While it’s certainly not the worst in this class, the firing rate matters for the TAQ-M a lot more due to its damage output. Thankfully, there are several attachments to improve that aspect of the TAQ-M.

TAQ-M Top Loadout

As mentioned earlier, the TAQ-M is a mid-range beast thanks to its damage. So for the loadout, I’ll primarily look to increase the gun’s accuracy so that the shots hit right on point while also making up for the TAQ-M’s slightly weaker fire rate.

  • Muzzle: Polarfire – S
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Optic: SZ Minitac-40
  • Laser: FSS Ole-V
  • Ammunition: 15 Round Mag
  • High base damage and fire power
  • Effective at long range as well
  • Good accuracy
  • Manageable  recoil
  • Slow fire rate

My Opinion On Best Marksman Rifle

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Out of all the mentioned options, I prefer TAQ-M the most. Although it has a slightly high recoil, it allows me to take down enemies in one or two shots at long distances. Despite being a Marksman rifle, it gives the performance of a bolt-action while allowing immediate follow-up shots.

It’s important to remember that all of these rifles are very unique when it comes to their pros and cons and preferred playstyle. Therefore, you should try out all of these Marksman rifles for yourself to see which one fits your style!

That wraps up the guide on the best Marksman Rifles and loadouts in Call of Duty Warzone 2.0. If you want to pair up a Marksman Rifle with a heavy weapon, here’s a guide on the best LMGs in COD Warzone 2.0. If you’re instead looking for a light automatic weapon, consider reading this guide on the best Assault Rifles.

Additionally, you could also check the best loadouts in the game, where you can find weapons of all classes so you can choose your favorite one. Also, I recommend you go through Asad Ahmed’s review on Warzone 2 and check out his in-depth analysis.

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Huzaifa Malik is a Guides Writer on eXputer who’s been playing FPS games like Call of Duty for as long as he can recall. He is one of the most seasoned COD players on eXputer. He has several years of experience writing for games. By following his passion for games, he chose eXputer as his hub to deliver information-rich articles. Feel free to get more familiar with Huzaifa on his gaming profiles on Steam.

Experience: 3+ years || Education: Bachelor in Architectural Engineering.

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