It takes a lot to win in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but familiarity with the map and its weapons is key. A good loadout usually consists of a long-range gun and a back-up weapon for up close encounters.
But for the majority of the mid-game in PUBG, a sniper rifle will come in handy in numerous ways as you spot enemies from a distance while the circle of death closes in.
Here are the best sniper rifles in PUBG and where to find them.
The AWM is a dominant sniper rifle in PUBG. It can one-shot a level three helmet, making it formidable in the late game. One of its main downsides, though, is that it uses .300 Magnum ammo. Equip this beast with an 8x scope and go nuts.
Where to find it: The AWM and its ammo can only be found in care packages.
Next up on the totem pole is the M24, which is a bolt-action rifle just like the AWM, and functions something like its weaker younger brother. Accuracy is key, but when your shot is on, it can be dominant.
Where to find it: The M24 is confined solely to care packages, but its 7.62 ammo can be found mostly anywhere.
The Mk14 is the newest sniper rifle to PUBG, but it is a beast. It’s semi-automatic, like its cousin the SKS, but its more powerful and can be insanely accurate when fully kitted with a grip, cheek pad, and compensator.
Where to find it: The Mk14 is only available in care packages, but its 7.62 ammo can be found mostly anywhere.
The Kar98k is probably the worst of the bolt-action sniper rifles, but it is still a monster in the right pair of steady hands. It is readily available in a lot of areas on the map, and is a gun that most players should become accustomed to using due to its consistency.
Where to find it: The Kar98k is commonly found in military areas as well as some houses and apartments.
PUBG’s first designated marksman rifle, the SKS can be insane when fully equipped with a compensator, foregrip, extended quickdraw mag, and cheek pad. The SKS trades damage for fire rate, and when it holds 20 shots with an extended quickdraw mag, it can be used to lay down constant fire up close or from afar.
Where to find it: The SKS is commonly found in military areas as well as some houses and apartments.
The VSS is the weakest sniper in the game, but its usefulness is in the fact that it comes with a suppressor and is semi-automatic. Because of this, it can be spammed fairly easily to put out decent 9mm damage at close to medium range.
Where to find it: The VSS can be found in houses and apartments throughout the map.