15 of the Best Sniper Rifles For Sale in 2019

FN Ballista FDE sniper rifle


15 of the Best Modern Sniper Rifles For Sale – 2019

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We have all thought about it, theoretically of course. What would be the perfect rifle to use if we decided to be professional killers, assassins, guns for hire?

There’s a lot of choice out there and so we started to really think about it. It would have to be commercially available. Forget assassin’s using a signature custom gun. If the police ever ran ballistics on that firearm, the hitman wouldn’t see the light of day again.

So the professional sniper would use a disposable gun that’s on the open market. The best sniper rifle to buy and use would blend in, use standard ammunition, and still be able to take out a hostile target.

Even if you don’t move in those circles, there is a reason to have a modern sniper rifle. If SHTF or society melts in some unexpected way, range can be a powerful ally. If you can hit them before they can really see you, then this is the way to protect yourself in the Apocalypse.

What are the best modern sniper rifles for sale in 2018? Here are our favorites.

Oh and whatever rifle you buy, make sure you have a high quality long-range rifle scope too. Without that, you won’t hit a barn door at 500 yards…

Is the Wilson Combat AR-10 Tactical 6.5 Creedmoor the ultimate sniper rifle, patrol rifle and more? It just might be.

1. Wilson Combat AR-10 Recon Tactical

  • Price: $2,799.99
  • Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 33.5-37.75 inch
  • Capacity: 20+1 rounds
  • Weight: 7.1lb

This, right here, is the next gen AR-15 and I am struggling to see a better firearm for an assassin in the field than the Wilson COmbat AR-10 Recon Tactical 6.5 Creedmoor. Turn this into a full automatic fire Creedmoor assault rifle and the US military will just send in a blank check.

The S&W Performance Center was our winner for a long, long time, but the Wilson Combat AR-10 Tactical does everything that little bit better. It’s a lightweight 6.5 Creedmoor and it’s compact and portable like the very best AR-15s for sale.

7.1lb is stunning for a rifle that you would trust to ‘do the business’ at 800 yards and more. Wilson Combat will sell you a sniper version of this rifle, which is aimed at long distance shooting specialists and, well, snipers.

That weighs more than 10lb, though, and this rifle is just the answer to so many more varied questions. This could be the single hunting rifle for pretty much all your needs too. It’s the one rifle that will cover you from self-defense at 10 yards through to picking off hogs at 300.

The fluted stainless steel barrel is match-grade, the gas system is full length and low profile. There’s a threaded muzzle with a Wilson Combat QComp flash hider, a BCM pistol grip that is finished in the Wilson Combat starburst signature stippling and there is a proprietary Tactical Trigger Unit too.

You get a next gen patrol rifle, Designated Marksman Rifle, call it what you like. The fact is this might just be the ultimate 6.5 Creedmoor semi-auto, scratch that this really is the best 6.5 Creedmoor rifle on sale right now.

Wilson Combat can sell you the version with a longer barrel, but this AR-10 Tactical just makes sense.

Keep this rifle loaded with some seriously unpleasant ammunition and you’d be amazed how effective it is as a home-defense tool. Change the mag and a hunting you will go. That makes this one of the few rifles that can do anything, anywhere, at any range.

It’s a lightweight semi-auto Creedmoor with match-grade accuracy and the Wilson Combat name. That’s really all it takes to declare this the new 6.5 Creedmoor champion of the world and the best sniper rifle on sale in 2019.

Daniel Defense DD V1 .308 Winchester rifle for sale. It's a lightweight AR-10 platform, at 8.3lb, and borrows heavily from the AR-15

2. Daniel Defense DD5 V1

  • Price: $2,892
  • Caliber: 308 Win
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total: 33.5-37 inch
  • Weight: 8.3lb

A lot of underworld snipers are ex-military. Look at John Wick as the clear example of what obviously happens for real in the shadows of every major metropolis at the weekend. Or maybe I need less TV…

Anyway, a lot of those people train with the .308 Winchester, which also happens to be America’s favorite hunting round. The only problem was getting a semi auto AR platform light enough to replace the slower bolt action rifles.

Daniel Defense has fixed that issue with the 8.3lb Daniel Defense DD V1 .308 Win. In the process, it has created a rifle that can pop off shots at hogs, or enemy forces. It’s a stunning Designated Marksman Rifle in a standard patrol rifle size footprint with just a slight weight penalty.

That’s pretty badass, to be honest with you.

The mid-length gas system, an AR-15 trick, helped bring the weight down on this AR-10 platform. The internals are the best of the best and include a Geissele two-stage trigger, which features on the Pro upgrade i the Daniel Defense AR-15 line.

Daniel Defense has the Midas touch right now and everything it touches seems to turn to gold. We can see that happening here with this brilliant all-round 308 Winchester AR rifle.

We want one, and so do you. Before you buy a .308, though, check out the Creedmoor version of this Wilson Combat custom rifle that could be even better.

Smith and Wesson M&P10 - The best hunting rifle in the world

3. Smith & Wesson M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor

  • Price: $1,751
  • Effective Range: >1000 meters
  • Barrel Length: 20 inches
  • Total Length: 39.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.05lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

6.5 Creedmoor was just a target round that supposedly wasn’t good enough for hunting. Now? It takes Elk at 1000 yards with one shot. It’s cheap, the bullets have become an artform, there’s lots of choice and it’s so accurate that you could aim for an eye.

The narrow, light, high velocity cartridge resists drop-off that is part and parcel of a 308 round. It stays straight and true to 1000 yards and beyond, with specialist hunting rounds giving a devastating payload.

The M&P10 is more expensive than the average Creedmoor rifle, but it comes with the semi-automatic AR set-up. That means a proper hitman can do a double tap to the chest from up to 1000 yards. If that takes down an Elk, it will take down a human being.

There are cheaper 6.5 Creedmoor rifles, but a professional hitman that takes pride in his work would always spend that little bit more on the equipment. This modified AR-10 platform goes through the Smith & Wesson Performance Center for fine-tuning and it’s an almighty hunter, target shooter and sniper rifle.

It might just be the most versatile gun you could even own and you’ll find it becomes your default hunting gun if you don’t object to 9lb on your shoulder and you don’t want to spend Wilson Combat money.

It can harvest everything short of the biggest North American game, grizzlies and the like. It will chop everything else down where it stands. The precision of the round encourages you to choose the wound channel you’re aiming at, rather than the general area.

You’re threading a needle and choosing your moment with this round to get the perfect shot to the heart. This is a hitman’s gun, then, to its core.

The 6.5 Creedmoor has found favor with SOCOM snipers, which found that it increased their odds of a clean hit at 1000 yards by 100%, increased their effective range by 50% and reduces wind drift by a third.

The American military is surprisingly slow to adopt major changes like this, but the elite fighting forces have already got Creedmoor rifles at their disposal. The usual suspects, Knights Armament SR-25 and the FN Mk20 Sniper Support Rifle, will soon be available in 6.5 Creedmoor.

Check our list of the best Creedmoor rifles for sale in 2019 and you’ll see more of those Designated Marksman Rifles. The Smith & Wesson is actually a lightweight rifle in those terms, as 9.5lb is pretty normal for a DMR.

Are they any better than the M&P? I really can’t see how they can be for the average hunter. That highlights just what a bargain this rifle really is. Is the best value long distance rifle in the world? It might just be and the semi-automatic feature gives it the edge over bigger bolt-action options as a hunting rifle.

For more options, the best Creedmoor 6.5 hunting rifles for sale in 2018, check out this list.

Where to buy 6.5 Creedmoor rifles online

6.5 Creedmoor has gone mainstream in recent times, but you still have to know where to look to get the best deals and some of the military hardware too.

Here our top tips of where to buy Creedmoor rifles online and get the best price.

Noreen BN36X3 Long Rifle Assassin - A Semi-automatic 7mm Rifle for sale.

4. Noreen BN36X3 Long Rifle Assassin

  • Price: $2,871
  • Caliber: 7mm
  • Barrel Length: 22 inch
  • Total Length:
  • Weight: 9lb
  • Capacity: 10+1 Rounds

With that name, and the name of this post, we couldn’t leave the Noreen Firearms effort out of this one.

It’s a reimagined M1 Garand as a semi-automatic, according to Noreen anyway. For most of us, it’s a freaking semi-automatic 7mm, and that is awesome.

Most of the 7mm Rem Mag rifles are bolt action and there are long-distance shooters that sneer at the semi-automatic option. And for them, where mm dictates their success or failure, OK, cool.

For those of us who don’t spend our weekend staring at distant paper sheets through binoculars, this is an insane hunting rifle that could take sniper shots at 1500 yards and a lot more.

Up close it’s a brilliantly flexible and adaptable hunting rifle that would be an absolute beast on a hog hunt. It’s a humane hunting rifle, it will dispatch pretty much any sized game in America at a sane distance and it’s a great rifle to have in your armory.

7mm never quite got the fanfare of 6.5 Creedmoor, but it will cover a bigger distance and deliver an absolute sledgehammer of a blow. A 1500 yard double tap would be quite something, and technically it’s possible with this rifle for sale.

Browning X-Bolt Hunter for sale, a great, lightweight hunting rifle. Get the best deals on discount rifles at the USA Gun Shop.

5. Browning X-Bolt Hunter

  • Price: $819.99
  • Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Length: 22 inch
  • Total Length: 41 inch
  • Total Weight: 6.5lb
  • Capacity: 4+1

The Browning X-Bolt Hunter is a lightweight hunting rifle that packs in a 22 inch barrel thanks to fastidious weight saving measures pretty much everywhere.

The Browning X-BOLT Feather Trigger has zero take-up and creep just isn’t an issue. So you can take aim at the furthest reaches of the Creedmoor ammunitions range and turn into a one shot, one kill kinda person with the target, elk or hog.

Browning’s X-Bolt rifle has been a stalwart of the hunting scene for a while and the name comes from the X-Lock Scope Mounting System. There are all kinds of variations, but we like the simple hunting rifle thanks to the lightweight end result that still comes with a long barrel that will help you harvest animals, or whack mob bosses, at the magic 1000 yard mark.

The walnut stock comes with a recoil pad and checkered grips. It’s a nice looking rifle that could become your first port of call for hunting if you prefer a bolt-action and simple gun.

Plenty of the world’s best have called upon a Browning X-Bolt and the general feeling is the barrels go well beyond match-grade. This is custom gun levels of accuracy in an off-the-shelf package.

There’s no real revolution here, it’s just an exceptional bolt-action rifle.

FN Ballista sniper rifle for sale. A classic competitive shooting rifle, and a way to whack mob bosses.



6. FN Ballista FDE Rifle .338 Lapua

  • Price: $6,999.99
  • Effective Range: >3000m
  • Barrel Length: 26”
  • Total Length: 50.75”
  • Weight: 15.1lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

This is a long-distance target shooting rifle, as well as an out and out sniper rifle that sees active duty every day of the week in more capable hands. The similarities betweenlong distance target shooting and precision military killshots are obvious and the .338 Lapua is absolutely a military sniper’s close friend.

The round was designed by and for military snipers in the late 1980s, so this really is the civilian version of military hardware. Do you need to hit deer, Elk and people at 2000 yards plus? Well that’s a question only you can answer, but if you have been bitten by the long-range bug then this is all the rifle you will ever need.

FN has a fearsome reputation when it comes to precision rifles and the FN-SCAR and the Ballista FDE both see active duty with military units, law enforcement officers and specialist snipers each and every week. This is the best of the best.

As a SHTF gun, it would be a powerful ally. You could defend high ground at well over a mile and that would make anybody think twice. The Lapua round is devastating. It’s absolutely a one-shot, one-kill kind of gun on anything other than, perhaps including, big grizzlies.

Now the average sniper can’t afford one of these unless it comes loaded in the company truck. Even a professional hitman couldn’t afford to buy a new one for every job, unless they were working at the absolute highest level. So this would be a signature gun, used repeatedly. Honestly that guy sounds more like a serial killer than a professional assassin, but he would have a wicked bad gun.

The FN Ballista is a bolt-action rifle that is suppressor ready and can be switched out to a different caliber in minutes. This might be the gun you’d want on hand if you’re stuck in a SHTF situation. It can take care of business at 2000 yards or more and that is a serious tactical advantage.

You can turn this into a 300 Win Mag, 7mm Remington and a trusty .308 with the modular barrels and bolt conversion kits. Don’t get too excited, each kit, and that is a barrel bolt and magazine, costs an extra $2,249.00. But if space is at a premium, you keep a small collection of guns and you want the absolute best sniper rifle for sale in 2018, well this is close.

Now you also get three FN Ballista FDE rifles, in a variety of calibers, for the price of one top of the line Sako on a similar ‘tactical’ chassis. So if you’re not on the cutting edge of competition and you just want to enjoy your hobby with high-quality equipment, this is your huckleberry. If you’re a hitman that works in the urban jungle and then needs to take someone out from a mountain top, then yeah this will do the job too.

As a SHTF gun, this is epic. Range is everything. If nobody can get close, nobody can put you or your loved ones in danger. For that reason alone, you should have at least one long range rifle in your collection.

Remington 700 Win Mag, the special forces sniper rifle


7. Remington 700 SPS Stainless .300 Win Mag

  • Price: $662.99
  • Effective Range: <1000 Yards.
  • Barrel Length: 26 inches
  • Total Length: 46.5 inches
  • Weight: 7.62lb
  • Capacity: 4+1

Chris Kyle and other snipers that sold their stories when they came back home all tend to agree that the .300 Win Mag was the one weapon they could really rely on. These are men that can call upon the finest weapons in the world and the one they have really happy memories of is a bolt action farmer’s gun.

It really is an old-school hunting rifle. Now the M24 sniper system favored by the army is a little more advanced and Kyle used his own modified version of that weapon. So you’re not quite buying Chris Kyle’s best gun for $550. His looks a little more like this.

That’s the $7,925 Remington Defense XM2010 Concealable Sniper Rifle, which is rather nice.

But the M24 really is the Law Enforcement and Military version of the Remington 700, so this is really as close as you need for most normal days in the office. And this basic ass hunting rifle has served America well for decades.

You can buy a more advanced version and this one comes with the stainless steel barrel,.

You can get cheaper ones, too, like the Remington 783 rifle, which costs a little more than $300 for a perfectly functional .300 Wing Mag rifle.

This one comes with the 26 inch stainless steel barrel, rather than the shorter and drabber options that can be yours for less, But even the basic gun contains the essentials that keep military and police snipers in business. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you.

It’s one of those guns that really doesn’t need much adjustment until you get beyond 700 yards. That’s when the good get separated from the great,  but this is a viable hunting round or people stopper up to 1250 meters if you’re good enough.

You get a synthetic stock and a bolt action rifle that will serve you well in the field. It weighs in at 7.6lb, which is perfectly respectable for a hunting rifle, especially with this kind of barrel.

You only get four rounds in the magazine, but then this is a one-shot, one-kill kind of weapon. Like the Creedmoor 6.5, it’s a pick your spot gun, rather than the general area, and it will bring out the best in your hunting technique.

A modern hitman would love this gun because it blends in to the crowd. Remington sell countless examples of this centerfire rifle every year. It has been with us since 1962 and the beauty of the Remington 700 is that there is nothing special about it at all.

You can walk into any gun store in America and buy one of these in 30 minutes. So if the forensics guys figure out it’s a Remington 700, well good luck with  that.

The Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade in 300 BLK. One of the best sniper rifles, or all round hunting rifles,, for sale in 2019.

8. Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade

  • Price: $1,469.99
  • Caliber: AAC 300 Blackout
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 33-36 inch
  • Weight: 6.4lb

Sometimes you need a different kind of sniper rifle, Mainly when you’re not a sniper, you’re just hunting and stuff. But even pro hitmen should probably take a look at a basic AR set-up like this in AAC Blackout.

The relatively new AAC 300 Blackout round has a lot to give the professional contract killer, including the potential to shoot sub-sonic ammo, suppressed, so it’s whisper quiet and deadly at 200-250 yards.

Alternatively, with the big boy pants ammunition, this is an AR you could rely on at 450 yards. That’s pretty cool and the rifle was essentially engineered for the Navy SEALs as a next level AR-15.

The end result is a short range sniper rifle that is light enough to sling on your shoulder, would be a pitbull in a gunfight and could quite possibly be your favorite hunting gun before too long. It gives you options and the range is a damn useful one.

It’s a cheap gun too, in this company, and just as effective in 70% of situations and much more flexible.

Rise Armament 1121XR Precision Rifle for sale - One of the best Creedmoor sniper rifles out there.

9. Rise Armament 1121XR Precision

  • Price: $,2379
  • Barrel Length: 22 inch
  • Total Length: 41.77 inch
  • Weight: 9.7lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Rise Armament created a heavy caliber gas rifle for big game hunters that loved Creedmoor. So this was always going to be on the heavy side, but it’s also an incredible sniper rifle for those that can sit and wait.

Any rifle around 10lb or beyond is really best on a rooftop, or in the back of astation wagon if you’re that kinda person. This rifle was designed for pure long-distance knockdown power and aims to squeeze the last fps out of the 6.5 Creedmoor round.

That makes it a seriously great sniper rifle, and one that every hitman should at least consider. Is it that much better than the Smith & Wesson? It depends what you’re doing. For general hunting, absolutely not.

If you’re going after Elk, Buffalo or a mafia boss, then the Rise Armament might be the way to go. It’s a clearly a precision target rifle, but some of the specialist operators out there do like their sniper rifles and the adjustable cheekrest and triple port compensator will feel like home.

The flat faced competition spec trigger, meanwhile, will remind them that they’re in the private sector and making much more money these days.

Accuracy International AT-308, the sniper rifle of the special forces. Buy rifles online now.


10. Accuracy International AT-308

  • Price: $4,640
  • Caliber: .308
  • Barrel Length: 24 inches
  • Total Length: 44 inches
  • Weight: 12.8lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

This is the shorter, tactical sniper rifle that Accuracy International has to offer and we get the feeling it’s the one a modern hitman might prefer.

It’s a smaller caliber, but AI can offer you a .338 Lapua or even a 50 BMG if that’s what you really want. This compact sniper package is easier to conceal, it’s set up as a tactical weapon and it comes with 10+1 rounds. So it’s a one shot gun, but if you really need to then you can light up the sky with this smooth, fast bolt action.

If you want the same rifle as the SOCOM boys and, more or less, AI will sell you one, then prepare to spend almost $20K on a .308 Win Mag rifle. Well, it’s also a 338 Lapua and 300 Norma Mag rifle too and the multi-caliber aspect adds to the cost.

The Accuracy International ASR is a cool rifle, but you’ve really got to love it to drop that much money on one.

It’s also good for multiple shots if you’re hog hunting. At up to 400 meters, this gun will be all you need for most standard hunting trips, up to and including white tail. It could also be a pretty solid hitman weapon up to 500 meters and is small enough to sit in the tailgate of a car.

It’s really a great hunting weapon when you want to keep things up close and personal, in which case the limited range of the .308 really doesn’t matter. At less than 500 meters, you really don’t need to correct for the heavyweight ammo.

If you need more range, that’s what 6.5 Creedmoor and 7mm Rem Mag is for.

Nemo Arms Watchman - Designer Sniper rifle chambered in 300 Win Mag

11. Nemo Arms Watchman

  • Price: $5,890
  • Caliber: .300 Win Mag
  • Barrel Length: 24 inch
  • Total Length: 45.5 inch
  • Weight: 10.2
  • Capacity: 14+1

You can really outgun the US Marine Corps. It’s kind of weird you can do that, but the simple fact is that high-end sniper rifles are for sale in every caliber in 2019.

You can simply buy a gun online and get a great deal on a firearm that the world’s greatest fighting forces would kill to own. This is a .300 Win Mag Designated Marksman Rifle, as it has the semi-auto capability and could be insanely useful in a military firefight.

This is a high-end sniper rifle and the attention to detail is just insane. First it’s a semi-auto 300 Win Mag, which is a big deal in itself. Next it has a Proof Research carbon fiber barrel, the receivers are machined from billet and that’s just the start of a spec sheet that could send your jaw South.

There’s a patented recoil reduction system in there, the trigger is a Geissele Super Semi Automatic Enhanced two-stage trigger and the stock is a simple Magpul PRS.

It might be priced higher than the sum of its parts, but then the best always does cost money and this might just be the best .300 Win Mag sniper rifle you will find out there today.

This is the Rolls-Royce and Ferrari of the .300 Win Mag world.

These firearms are simply too expensive for a whole fighting force and the math dictates that a rich hobbyist can have a better rifle than the world’s best snipers. What they do with it is a different story.

It’s full AR functionality, so this is a semi-automatic sniper rifle. That means it can provide the double tap at distances of up to 1000 yards if you have the best long distance rifle scope on board.

Sako TRG 42 Sniper rifle

12. Sako TRG-42 .338 Lapua

  • Price: $4,298
  • Caliber: .338 Lapua
  • Effective Range: >3000 meters
  • Barrel Length: 27 inches
  • Total Length: 47 inches
  • Weight: 11.75lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

There really isn’t much debate among target shooters. The Sako TRG is one of the best sniper rifles in the world. It costs a lot, but this is a serious competition shooter’s gun.

Now you might want the AR-style Sako TRG-M10. But that comes at a savage price, as in more than $10,000. So if you really want a Sako, but money is even a thing in your life, you might have to settle for the TRG-42.

This is a gun that can ring steel at well over 3000 meters. That’s two miles and it’s a legend in the mile-shooter’s club for its accuracy and precision. Competition shooters know full well that this is $10,000+ worth of gun if you ordered it as a custom set-up, and it’s just as good.

It’s also seriously popular with Law Enforcement and military sniper units. The TRG-42, often with the folding AR-style stock, is carried by military outfits from Armenia to Senegal.

If you need to shoot someone from a really long way away, this could work. You could almost be your own alibi if you fire out your office window. You were at work the whole time…

I can’t see a professional hitman using a Sako, though. Special forces do have them and the current record for a .338 Lapua killshot is 2,475m. It takes serious correction for drop off, though, and the bullet hangs in the air. So, a lot can go wrong and a hitman might not get a second chance.

So they might use one at 1000 yards, but not two miles unless they really had to. Then the competitive advantage over, say, a 7mm, disappears. Use a Sako and you’ve narrowed the field from the start for the investigating team, although it’s just mainstream enough to use one gun on multiple jobs. I don’t know, though, I’m not a professional hitman.

As a long-range hunting weapon, it basically has no equal. Yes you could get a 50 BMG, but that’s not really necessary. This is a legitimate big game gun at anything less than 2000 yards and there aren’t many that can say that. As bear defense, home defense or cracking the engine of a truck at 800 yards, this is a pretty damned capable gun.

It’s also precise and reliable, which is why competition shooters love this long range rifle.

Ruger AR-556 450 Bushmaster, a beast of a short range rifle for big game hunting.

13. Ruger AR-556 450 Bushmaster

  • Price: $749.99 (On sale)
  • Effective Range: <300m
  • Barrel Length: 18.6 inches
  • Total Length: 35.6-38.9 inches
  • Weight: 7.4lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

Not every hit is the same and sometimes you know you’re going to be 250 meters or less from your intended target. You might only get one clean shot, so what do you do?

Well one option is to use a round so big that all it takes is a hit in the right area and that’s it, game over. A round that can drop an elephant would be a good start.

450 Bushmaster was designed to drop all African game at 250 meters or less, so yeah that should work. If you can take out an elephant, then a portly politician or Mafia don should just explode on impact.

There is nothing subtle about the 450 Bushmaster. It’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut. It’s overkill for this particular job, then, but it is guaranteed. Novice hitmen might want to go for the bigger impact, especially in an urban environment.

This is a cheap hunting rifle, when you  consider the power. It’s certainly one you should bear in mind in, umm, bear country.

Barrett M107 50 BMG Gun for sale

14. Barrett M107A1

  • Price: $11,914.99
  • Caliber: 50 BMG
  • Barrel Length:. 29”
  • Total Length: 57”
  • Weight: 32.7lb

You have got to be a special kind of assassin to want a 50 BMG military anti-materials gun. But if you want to take a helicopter out the sky or blow a car off a mountain top, then the Barrett M107 is the gun you need.

Well, that and some incendiary rounds. Get those and you can basically blow up a small building, or a car, and you can take out a target through a wall. Score a direct hit with one of these and incendiaries, and you could turn an Elk into instant pate, but you’d be sweeping up pieces for days.

Even the standard rounds are designed for destroying, rather than hunting. Some Wildlife and Game departments use them for humane hunting, because this gun snuffs out anything up to and including the biggest bears like a light. If an animal needs to be culled, it’s about as clean a way to do it as we have right now.

The Barrett is a seriously popular piece of kit with military snipers, because it’s one of the few guns that can strike like a laser from two miles out. With the right scope, spotter and even foot soldiers laying down traces, this gun can totally wipe out a small airfield or bunker on its own. It is a star out in the Middle East with American forces, and has seen active service across the world.

Pretty much every special forces team has at least one to call upon, because this gun can inflict ridiculous levels of damage considering its portability. It isn’t light, but it is mobile and the Barrett M107 gives the same firepower you used to get from vehicle-mounted weapons only.

As a SHTF gun, it’s a luxury. The rounds cost $3.50 for the basic ammo and $7 a round for the good stuff. You can get cheaper rounds, but they’re often reloads and I’m not sure I would trust someone else’s math with this kind of power.

For a collection of the world’s most powerful rifles, check here.

The Victrix Scorpio Mille sniper rifle in 300 Win Mag. Functional gunporn, rifle art,, call it what you want. It's a modular, multi caliber rifle and it's 7.5K!

15. Victrix Scorpio Mille

  • Price: $7,599.99
  • Caliber: 300 Win Mag
  • Barrel Length:. 26”
  • Total Length: 40-52”
  • Weight: 15.5lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

This is another Fully Modular Rifle Chassis that you can tailor to your specific needs. You can chamber the rifle in .338 Lapua, or like we’ve gone for here you can buy a sniper rifle from Victrix in 300 Win Mag.

It’s built round a three-lug bolt action and it’s part of the company’s standout Minerva line. It’s aimed at military users and it’s worth noting that Victrix is part of Beretta now, so this isn’t an exotic rifle you can’t supply with spares.

Does it do anything better than the FN? or the Sako? Not especially. But rifles like this come down to feel. If you like the way the Victrix Scorpio Mille sniper rifle shoots, then you’ll think it’s a better rifle.

We do like the selectable dual or single stage trigger. That’s clever, if it’s reliable. The match-grade barrel is beyond reproach, all 26 inches of it. The three-chamber muzzle brake can also be removed and replaced with a suppressor for the ultimate in stealth work.

Orsis T-5000 - A Russian sniper rifle that the elite special forces and Vladimir Putin's special guard use as a sniper rifle.


16. Orsis T-5000

  • Price: $8000
  • Caliber: 308 Win
  • Barrel Length:. 24.5”
  • Total Length: 41.7”
  • Weight: 13.9lb

The only reason this Russian sniper rifle isn’t way higher on the list is that you just can’t buy it on these shores.

This is the rifle that watches over Vladimir Putin, though, and the Russian special forces take this bolt action rifle wherever they go. It’s chambered in 308 Win or 338 Lapua, and there’s a longer version for absolute pinpoint accuracy.

It’s on sale in Germany, but will take time and effort to get on to these shores. With other, cheaper options more readily available, you’ve really got to want one of these.

The Barrett MRAD multi-caliber sniper rifle that could replace most of your long distance rifles at a stroke. Buy your Barrett MRAD today

17. Barrett MRAD

  • Price: $5,822 
  • Effective Range: >600m
  • Caliber: .308 Win Mag
  • Barrel Length: 24 inches
  • Total Length: 49.75 inches
  • Weight: 9.2lb
  • Capacity: 4+1

This is the MRAD system, which will really separate you from your money, but could give you caliber options that will blow your mind. The barrels switch out with a Torx wrench and its designed to dance through the calibers with minimal tools and gunsmithing. .

The MRAD a totally modular sniper rifle that you can run as a .338 Lapua, 7mm Remington, 300 Win Mag and .308 Winchester. You can swap the barrel in seconds and this one system could replace pretty much all of your rifles in one fell swoop.

It isn’t quite as perfect as a Sako, or the FN Ballista, at 338 Lapua, but it’s the versatility that makes the Barrett such a solid option. That and the minimalist military styling. There are rails everywhere, and an infinitely adjustable folding butt stock. But that’s it.

This is the simpler version, which is called a lightweight rifle without a hint of irony, despite tipping the scales at more than 9.2lb.

This is a Mil-spec firearm built for the purpose, form follows function and this bolt action repeater is a simply stunning piece of engineering. It’s suppressor ready, it’s a military tool and it could be an awesome hunting gun.

This is a one-shot type gun, even though you can slot in an 8+1 mag and lay down suppressing fire if you’re good with the bolt action. But at anything less than 600 yards, .308 Win Mag will do you just fine

As a hitman’s weapon, this rifle is a monster that only needs one clean hit to get the job done. As a SHTF gun, this could prove a real valuable addition to your arsenal.


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