Top Ten Best Sniper Rifles

The Top Ten

M82 Barret 50 Cal

This gun is amazing! High fire rate and high power. Originally was built out of Ronnie Barrett's garage. This things weigh in at 30-40 pounds. Ten round magazines. Semi auto. Best 50 cal rifle around. Just pull the trigger and BOOM! Your target is GONE, nothing left. Takes out tanks armored vehicles and much of what it hits. Used by law enforcement and military AND terrorists because of its great combat reliability and accuracy. This was the FIRST.50 caliber sniper rifle EVER! And the best sniper rifle out there- just under the M107 which is essentially a M82. If you want a really cool looking and unique weapon, check out the M82A2. Bull pup rifle that sits on your shoulder like RPG!

There is an unfortunate quantity of people here who are ignorant of guns. The Barrett M82 is not a sniper rifle, it's an anti-materiel rifle. It is not the strongest gun in the world either. Learn your facts before you ignorant video game children spam your favorite gun from Call of Duty.

This rifle is effective no denying that but it is far to heavy to lug around a battlefield to use it effectively you want to be dropped off from a helicopter or an apc. Anyone who thinks they are carrying this on an 8 mile tab through hostile territory would need at least double or triple water rations

I absolutely love it! To those who voted for the other 9 sniper rifles, good luck, you will going to need it. Especially when facing such a magnificent sniper rifle shooting anti-armor bullets that will literally take off a man's head, or even the body!

CheyTac Intervention

I love the M82 Barret.50 cal and the Army adopted it for reasons they wouldn't make clear, but if you know the Army as I was in... Initial cost was a consideration, life expectancy before barrel replacement, (and also weapon system refurbishment) and finally cost and availability of ammo across many manufactures, weight of weapon and ammo for fielded soldier, followup shot while still maintaining accuracy at range for many different shooters... and finally... As the Army test ammo and then accepts bids for ammo built to THEIR STANDARDS. The Cheytec is a unique and patented weapons system, which if excepted by the Army... THE ARMY would have to PAY WHATEVER THEY (CHEYTAC) DEMANDS FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE CONSIDERATIONS. Purchasing the Barret there is more competition for support, thus keeping cost down. The weapon is only the tool... Operated for a purpose, and is only as effective as the SHOOTER and it's TRAINING makes it.

The CheyTac is far more accurate than the Barret. I've shot both. Barret has had too many problems over the years. The only reason why people even know of the M82 is because of the government contract. I shoot a custom built 300 win. mag and reload all my own ammo. I shoot a 150 gr a little warm, traveling at 3,280 fps. I can and have shot a matchstick at 100 yds and can pull chest shots all day long at 1,000 yds. I was going to purchase A.408 a few years back but found I could get the reload dies for them. With my 300 I can still pass through a sheet of 1/2" steel at 300 yds while passing through the dime first. I've been competing long range for years after my term in the Marines MOA 3017.

It is hard to believe so many chose the losers like the Noslin-Nagat and the Dragunov. Sorry boys I played with these and they are CRAP. 1-2" groups at 100 yards is sub standard. Accuracy is the top consideration not allegiances to mass production cheap bullet sprayers and prayers. Nothing competes with the M200 Chey Tac IN.408 NOTHING. If you were to take to the battle field with all these other systems and you had to go up against a Chey Tac. You had better be the better sniper with help from above. I have handled all Soviet weapons systems of 30 cal. I only like the SKS. I do not expect it to reach out very far but it will consistently out shoot the AK47 every day of the week. Just to let you Pro Russian people know mine are Russian and I wish I had bought Yugoslavian. Point Chey Tac is KING and side by side it will win every time when it is gun to gun. Man to Man is another situation. Been there done that.

For a sniper hitting a target, your weapon needs to have precision to hit it out of effective range and need to bring down the target must firepower, most modern weaponry does not contain these three atributos. Em terms of operational capacity, a weapon with great precision does not have an effective range as large, with very long effective range does not have much firepower and much firepower does not get much scope or precisão. O CheyTac M200 contains the three attributes together, not considering that a weapons system, 7.62mm.338 Lapua or.50 BMG are not accurate, effective range and firepower satisfactory, but only the M200 has all the extreme.. It is capable of hitting targets with precision to over 2300 meters, his bullet remains supersonic beyond 2000 meters making it the target will be reached before hearing the shot (probably after being shot will not hear anything else) and over distances of 700 meters from his bullet has more energy than a.50 BMG projectile ( 12.7 x99mm), ...more

Dragunov SVD

The svd sniper rifle is still used now. There is no question about it. Built by the Soviet Union, it is bound to be reliable, strong and an accurate weapon. The svd is like the sniper version of the ak 47, but bigger and badder. If someone were to face against you with an svd, I would suggest to hide your your wife and children because it's a heck of a gun. Once again, the svd is the best there is... In my opinion!

About 40 years ahead of the game. Similar in build and use asa all aK variants...

The soviets were decades ahead in squad small arms design. The us is playing catch up only now with M4, M27, M110 mix

How many decades ago did the soviets deploy AK47/74, RPK, SVD mix.

I simply vote SVD for its ruggedness, ease of use, the hard hitting AP round, and of course the fact that it applied principles 40 years ago that the US is only adopting now.

Not only is it a great sniper rifle, I carried one for three years in Laos and Cambodia, although I was never actually there. It is also beautiful!

A accurate, long range semi auto sniper rifle that has been in service with the Russian military for over 50 years.


M40 a super weapon, but having no experience with others on list can not say it is the best. It is the most accurate modern rifle I have ever shot.
My love is black powder shoots and I will pit my.58 Zouave against any rifle, (antique or modern) on an indoor range up to 350 yards.

This is a great weapon and is quite accurate and just a wonderful sniper for battle. I have used it in training and I've used other snipers like the 50 cal barret and dragunov. They aren't that great for most battles, love the Barrett but M40 is my favorite weapon

Carried this weapon on many lonely nights. It ended some conflicts quickly, I will admit. Enough said. Good steady positive impact with range balanced well, all with good effect on tango(s).

I use this weapon in Afghanistan as a Marine, and it is the best I have ever used, and is more accurate than all other weapons on this list... I have used them all.

Scoped Springfield Rifle

When my dad was a solder in World War 2 he carried the Springfeild. He still has it and let me shoot it a few times. One word: awesome.

All around the best Id put this one up against all of them in lreal theater conditions

A classic World War 2 sniper rifle that surely one of the bestof all time.

I've always just loved it! Adorable in every way.

McMillan Tac-50

Hard to choose one, as each of these guns are great rifles and unique in their own way. The Tac-50, though, is a great gun and currently holds the world record for longest kill at 2, 657 yards. A sniper rifle is meant to kill at long range, so my vote goes here.

This gun ain't just good, it's amazing. And Canadian! Thumbs up if your from Canada!

Longest range kill, extremely accurate and powerful

Accuracies and powerful sniper rifle

Accuracy International L96A1

This isn't just a rifle, it's a weapons system. Its smartly built and serves the British army very well along with other cOuntrys and Law Enforcement! The.338 Lapua firing Model claims the longest kill shot in the world and is perfectly ergonomic and nOt too heavy to be battlefield proficient! Unlike the M82 (which is an excellent rifle) this is an anti-personnel rifle and not an anti-material- rifle, and is the best in its class!

The AWM AI style rifles are extremely accurate the L115 has the longest recorded sniper kill in the world. The sniper is extremely durable in all different climates, it has a quiet easy to pull bolt, and it is a fairly light weight rifle. No better sniper in the modern world.

This top ten list would be discredited if they don't include AI products.
They should be glad that they did.

AW series make me awe with the ability to maintain top-notch accuracy under harsh operating condition.
Almost feel like it is the AK of sniper-rilfes.

It, s been proved on many occasions that the AI is without doubt is the best sniper rifle in the world. It holds the longest kill shot record, especially went it, s in the hands of a Britosh soldier, there are some excelent rifles on the go but the AI takes the prize.

Mosin-Nagat (Scoped)

Wonderful Rifle well made Durable long barreled and with care last forever. Accuracy for a Rifle Made in 1937 as mine was is amazing to say the least I put a Scope Rail over the open Sight and A Leupold Scope. I have no trouble grouping 5 rounds within A 1-2 Inch Circle at 1400 Yrds The Best $120.00 I Ever Spent I have since bought 2 more for myself and 1 each for my brother and Son for Birthday Presents lets just say come deer season the tags get easily filled and soft tip ammo is available and very accurate at ranges to 1000 yards with a scope and 150 yards on an open sight if you have the chance at the price they are selling for get yourself one it's a great gun and a great piece of pre-WW2 Gun History Also mine came with Bayonets a plus for Collectors who want a Useful piece of history

. Tough and accurate German snipers prized the Mosin Nagat Bolt action for its excellent balance and handling capability over the Mauser. The Nagant was built on the best and most accurate of the infantry rifles, simple to use and maintain. Scope is the only down side to this arm but this firearm was made over 75 years ago and with tec from WW 2. In its time one of the best and toughest snipers.

The confirmed kills speak for themselves with this rifle. Record setting snipers and marksman throughout the course of time have etched their names in the history books using this weapons system. The soviet union didn't get many things right. However when it came to the battle rifle, there hardly is no equal.

Probably one of the toughest and most accurate military rifles ever. I have two 91/30's that shoot 1"-2" groups at 100 yards with open-sights. I hand-load a variety of different loads and I have yet to find one that the rifles won't group well with. This rifle was designed to be accurate and tough.

Walther WA 2000

Without question. More R&D dollars were spent on the WA2000. It was built from the ground up as a sniper rifle and was a total departure from any other rifle ever designed. The only issue was the WA2000 high price.
Walther has two versions of the WA2000. First version had problems with the gas system, fluted barrel and flash hider, The second and more desirable version was a Hugh improvement and vastly more accurate. They did away with the fluted barrel, improved the gas system and flash hider. Making the WA2000 second to none. Since the WA2000 was designed in the 1980's and in.300 Win. Mag, No other sniper rifle in this caliber to date comes close. Did I forget.. the WA2000 is a bull pup and semi-auto to boot. Anything on her business end is going to meet their maker at extreme ranges to boot.

WA2000 is the best sniper rifle ever made. Light years before its time. Not many produced because of its high dollar cost. More than 30 after the WA2000 sniper rifles are just starting to see what Walther already knew about the.300 Win Mag. That was the main caliber the WA2000 was built around. Now they are fetching more than $75, 000.00

This is a great sniper rifle for long range. Better than the R-700. Good for sniping in combat and a little shorter than the M82 Barret 50 CAL.

Best ever! That's all that's needed to be said!

Sako TRG-22

Fantastic firearm all around, very smooth action, comfortable to use and consistently shoots 1 1/2 inch groups at 300m (I know because I own one! ). Used by many military's around the world; the Finns know a thing or two about making sniper rifles, regarded as one of the best along with the accuracy international. Not as affordable as a R700 but remember, you get what you pay for

I just got it and I hit all target straight out of the box with a night force scope

Silk action and comfort shooting deadly accurate rifle sako trg22. I own trg22

Perfect example of Finnish craftmanship

The Contenders


This Sniper Rifle was adopted by The U.S. navy Seals including Seal Team Six. It's 7.62x51mm round can blow off a head at 750 meters! Also it's a version of the proven M4/M16 weapons

the biggest isn't the best (m85 barret 50. cal) you can get the same results from a smaller and quieter rifle like the M110.

Mosin-Nagant M91/30 PU Sniper

I have one of these and it is such a great gun. Tough as nails, high powered, accurate, et cetera. They're really affordable too! An amazing gun.

Most respected sniper rifle, thanks to vassily

I think it is the same as #3.


So silent, so lethal!
This silent combat sniper rifle is an ideal weapon for spying purposes.

A good looking, good handling, good shooting 308 sniper rifle that's good for Call of Duty as well

Favorite of many Anti-terrorism forces.

Very accurate. Semi Auto helpfull with follow up shots

Barret M98B

The Barrett Model 98B in my opinion is one if not in the top ten best accurate sniper rifle system in the world up to date. It has flawless precision up to 1500 yards. When it comes to accurate shots at long range targets this S-R delivers. The reason to that is the design of the weapon Barrett manufactuers and designers nailed it by making the weapon bolt action. Yes I like to have that option of semi-automatic fire when you are shooting at multiple targets but most semi-auto rifles aren't as reliable in accuracy do to the kick or recoil of the weapon. As every true compition shooters or weapons experts know, reduce the recoil increase the accuracy. This can back fire badly if the system is not put correctly, but if you design the ammuntion to level out the gases in the chamber and barrel of the weapon it should work out perfectly. Sounds easy but it's a lot of hard work to prefect the pefect or close to perfect weapon in this case the Barrett Model 98B should take the spot in top ...more

This the most accurate tool I've ever used. Once it's dialed in there isn't much that throws the shot once you let it go. My only complaint being that there is a lot of induced movement and dust from the muzzle break which makes it a challenge to stay hidden after you take the shot. But then again, with the Bravo, you only need one shot.

I like the Barrett M98B and the Intervention Chey Tac SRR-61 with the.408 caliber (I think). They both are very good sniper rifles because they both have high power, low recoil, very, very accurate, and just plane "ol" has a good perfect design. They both can zero targets at 750 yards or more but you half to the scope right. There's not much you can do to make the sniper rifle better.

Probably the best replacement, or equal to the Barret 50 cal. Although it is bolt action, it's muzzle velocity is high and it looks good. I believe that this sniper rifle DESERVES to be number 2 or even number 1.


I used one in Viet Nam. I loved mine. If it had been a woman, I would have married it. In the harsh conditions of that hot, humid country my XM-21 rifle never failed me once. I used it for sniping and downing a wild pig while on one patrol. That pig fed a large number of people to include American G.I.s and local villagers. My XM-21, the predecessor of the M-21, helped me win a sniper versus sniper gunfight one night. I learned to shoot that rifle from zero to 900 meters with no problem at all. It was a sweet rifle with great accuracy and great stopping power.

It's actually an M14 EBR which stands for Enhanced Battle Rifle. It was first used in action but the US Navy SEALS. It is now the preferred Semi Automatic sniper rifle and used by more military and police forces around the world than any other rifle, including the H&K G3.

Great rife, dependable and accurate. Being semi auto its easier to get that all important second shot if needed at the original target or a secondary target.

This is probably the best sniper in the world. Semi-Automatic, can be used with or without a scoper, powerful, and best of all... MW2

Accuracy International AXMC

This is the most accurate rifle in this list. Yet has all the power one needs from 50 cal all the way down to a 308

Best rifle on list. Most accurate and only true sniper rifle

Shoots the lights out. Averages less than 3/8 groups for 6.5 or 308

Should be #1 hands down. Best rifle in this list


The DTA is top of the line and is comparable to the AI. Look around, and you will not find many complaints if any about the DTA. Desert Tactical is also innovative coming out with more calibers conversions everyday.

1/2 minute MOA can change cals in a minute super reliable just love it. Can go from a 243 to 308 and 300 win mag right up to 338 Lapua

Compact sniper rifle, great accuracy I would say

Said to be the shortest sniper rifle and their claims are they make more accurate rifles then both accuracy international and sako, witch are known to make some of the most, if not the most accurate and reliable sniper rifles in the world


The M-24 and the M-40 are brothers, the 24 is a long action and the 40 is a short action. No two finer 7.62x51 NATO guns exist. Their accuracy even with crappy ammunition is always one minute or less. With good ammunition both rifles consistently shoot under one MOA. Gas guns have their place, there are many that shoot extremely well, but bolt guns will always shoot tighter. A well trained sniper with either the M24 or the M40 is a weapons system that can change the entire outcome on the battlefield.

I think close but no gold ring. More opinion speaking than actual expierence with weapons. Predjuice seems to always cloud ones judgement. Correct to a degree, but still not in the park. Several weapons out there that are beyond great. I am a average, no better shooter, had a one one half inch group with good wind at 496 yards with Accuracy International AW.50 BMG. That weapon trully rocks, will out shoot a Barrett M82/107 all day. I own both. Were I given a choice between the two the AI wins hands down. I have twenty five sniper rifles and every time I set eye 's on that
AI AW.50 BGMG me heart speeds up.

Barrett M107a1

The 107a1 is the improved m82a1 and 107. It's 5 pounds lighter and is slightly more accurate. I agree!

I think barret is most powerful snipper

Are you kidding this destroys the 82


This sniper rifle, although uses the horrible 7.62 NATO round, has pinpoint accuracy due to it's bolt action nature. Since sniping is also about staying stealthy and scouting, I highly doubt whether anti-material rifles like the M82 or the Tac-50 are suitable for this role anyways. Good luck going around in a ghillie suit with an M82. The American military chose this rifle for a reason: It's battle tested, it's accurate, and it's highly reliable.

This is one of the hardest-hitting bolt action sniper rifles, and is a good balance between accuracy, weight and power. While the M82 may be more accurate and harder-hitting, it's way too heavy to carry around in the battlefield. Besides, large caliber sniper rifles leave a clear vapour trail behind it, instantly revealing your position.

This is not the standard infantry sniper rifle for nothing.

One of the most reliable bolt action systems in the world

Winchester Model 70

My off the shelf 30-06 drove tacks with old surplus ammo. Minus 1-MOA till the barrel got hot.
A lot depends on exactly which gun you get some are better out of the box. Also every gun has a loading it likes the best.
Being able to shoot also helps.

My 2011 M70.300 Win Mag w/ 4-16X Luepold puts 5 190 gr Sierra Matchkings into.400 inch groups while providing one of the smoothest actions and incredible factory triggers ever.

My mod 70 243 will put 5 in a penny 70gri 100 yards

Blaser Tac2

Most accurat rifle I ever shot

Accuracy International AS50

Around the same power as the M82 but with A.50 moa which is impressive for.50 caliber. Able to penetrate through materials up to that of reinforced steel.

This is very accurate and has the world record for the largest sniper kill. It is also the Seal's favorite sniper rifle.

Impressive accuracy, great damage, great effective range and amazing design make it number one of world

M14 w/ Swarovski Scope

Not an actual sniper. Was an anti-tank rifle, but a truly amazing gun!

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