Best Sniper in Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

There’s a plentiful array of weapons to dispose of enemy combatants in Black Ops Cold War. For the more clinical, methodical exterminator of men, the sniper rifle becomes especially alluring. None of that chaotic, up-close, and personal business and all of the messiness that comes with it. Down below we’ll run you through your options when it comes to handling disputes at the range, and what your best option is right now in Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War Sniper Rifles

Pelington 703

A particular fan-favorite, the Pelington 703 is a hard-hitting bolt action sniper rifle that can instakill with shots to the head and chest. A large feather in the Pelington 703’s cap is the fact that you unlock as early as level 4, and it sports the higher of the base stats between itself and its cousin, the LW3 Tundra.

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Pelington 703 Firepower

Damage 110
Effective Damage Range 127 meters
Fire Rate 54 RPM
Bullet Velocity 500 m/s
Vehicle Damage 138
Melee Quickness 1000 ms

Pelington 703 Speed

Movement Speed 10.26 mph
Sprinting Movement Speed 10.26 mph
Shooting Movement Speed 5.13 mph
Sprint to Fire Time 450 ms
Aim Walking Movement Speed 3.28 mph
Aim Down Sight Time 550 ms

Pelington 703 Accuracy

Vertical Recoil Control 550 j
Horizontal Recoil Control 250 j
Centering Speed 2.5 ft-lb
Idle Sway Control 4 Fc
Flinch Resistance 10 N
Hip Fire Accuracy 18 mils

Pelington 703 Ammo

Magazine Capacity 5
Reload Speed 5.1s
Max Starting Ammo 20
Ammo Capacity 30
Reveal Distance 0m
Muzzle Flash Concealment 1s

LW3 – Tundra

The LW3 Tundra is unlocked at level 25 — much later than the Pelington 703 — but packs significantly more of a punch compared. The LW3 Tundra might sport slightly less impressive specs on paper, but, unlike the Pelington 703, can 1 shot players in the shoulders too. It’s most significant drawback is the slower speed.

LW3 Firepower

Damage 110
Effective Damage Range 127 m
Fire Rate 47 RPM
Bullet Velocity 550 m/s
Vehicle Damage 138
Melee Quickness 1000 ms

LW3 Speed

Movement Speed 10.26 mph
Sprinting Movement Speed 10.26 mph
Shooting Movement Speed 5.13 mph
Sprint to Fire Time 450 ms
Aim Walking Movement Speed 3.28 mph
Aim Down Sight Time 650 ms

LW3 Accuracy

Vertical Recoil Control 550 j
Horizontal Recoil Control 350 j
Centering Speed 20 ft-lb
Idle Sway Control 4 Fc
Flinch Resistance 10 N
Hip Fire Accuracy 18 mils

LW3 Ammo

Magazine Capacity 5
Reload Speed  3 s
Max Starting Ammo 20
Ammo Capacity  30
Reveal Distance 0 m
Muzzle Flash Concealment 1 s

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M82

The M82 is the third and final sniper rifle, characterized by a significantly higher RPM but weighed down by equally outsized recoil. The M82 is, without a doubt, the least popular of the Black Ops Cold War sniper rifles and probably not because of its higher-level requirement. Despite boasting similar power, the weapon falls behind with a noticeably lower ADS speed.

M82 Firepower

Damage 110
Effective Damage Range 127 m
Fire Rate 180 RPM
Bullet Velocity 525 m/s
Vehicle Damage 138
Melee Quickness 1000 ms

M82 Speed

Movement Speed 10.26 mph
Sprinting Movement Speed 10.26 mph
Shooting Movement Speed 5.13 mph
Sprint to Fire Time 450 ms
Aim Walking Movement Speed 3.28 mph
Aim Down Sight Time 700 ms

M82 Accuracy

Vertical Recoil Control 1040 j
Horizontal Recoil Control 300 j
Centering Speed 11.5f-lb
Idle Sway Control 4 Fc
Flinch Resistance 10 N
Hip Fire Accuracy 18 Mils

M82 Ammo

Magazine Capacity 5
Reload Speed  3 S
Max Starting Ammo 20
Ammo Capacity  30
Reveal Distance 0 m
Muzzle Flash Concealment 1 s

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Black Ops Cold War Best Sniper Rifle

LW3 Tundra

While the Pelington 703 is the current fan-favorite, widely lauded for its comparatively faster ADS and handling, the fact that the LW3 Tundra sports 1-shot kills to the head, chest, and shoulder edges it out over its otherwise nigh-identical counterpart.

With the right LW3 Tundra Loadout, players can more than make up for the difference in speed and capitalize on the extra instakill weak point in enemy shoulders. This makes it the clear winner between the bolt actions.

Furthermore, both the Pelington 703 and LW3 Tundra sniper rifle win out over the semi-automatic M82 for their higher accuracy and lower recoil — an on-paper RPM amounts to little more than flavorless icing on the 1-shot instakill cake.

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LW3 Tundra Loadout

This five-attachment LW3 loadout brings in a little bit of speed and all-around balancing to help lessen the gap between the Pelington 703 while also reinforcing its strengths.

Muzzle Stabilizer .308
Barrel 25.8 Rapid Fire
Underbarrel Front Grip
Stock Raider Pad
Handle Serpent Wrap

What’s your favorite Black Ops Cold War sniper rifle? Let us know, alongside your favorite attachments. For more tips, tricks, guides, and walkthroughs be sure to check out our Black Ops Cold War Archives! 

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