20 of the Best Modern Sniper Rifles For Sale – 2020
Update; We thought this wouldn’t need saying, but we got a complaint. Sooooooo, just to be clear, we think murder is bad. If you’re thinking of murdering someone, the USA Gun Shop says no, especially not with these sniper rifles.
Thanks to Jim Jeffries for the bit. Now on with the show…
We have all thought about it, theoretically of course. What would be the best sniper 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.
Smart Snipers Use Disposable Rifles
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 the best 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.
Here is a quick guide to the best rifles for sale in 2020?
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…
1 Tikka T3x Tac A1
- Price: $1,748.99
- Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
- Barrel: 24 inch
- Total: 44.5 inch
- Weight: 10.3lb
The Tikka T3x Tac A1 is here because the crowd has spoken. The ardent long-distance shooters here insist that this Finnish work of engineering excellence is the best rifle here until you start spending serious money.
Don’t say we don’t listen…
The T3x works if you’re going to start targeting heads of state, crime lords, elk or even pieces of paper that are really far away. It’s a pure precision rifle.
Proper Rifle, Not a Lightweight
Now this is no lightweight hunting rifle, but the company has lightweight bolt rifles for you further down this very list. No, this is the military specialist’s gun. This is the gun that waits in the shadows for that one moment.
A 24 inch barrel and aluminum chassis give a respectable 10.3lb weight. That’s a portable rifle, just, and the results at the range speak for themselves. This is the best long-range rifle that a lot of people own.
Get one, and see what everybody is on my case for.
2. Wilson Combat AR-10 Recon Tactical
- Price: $2,995.00
- Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
- Barrel Length: 16 inch
- Total Length: 33.5-37.75 inch
- Capacity: 20+1 rounds
- Weight: 7.1lb
The Wilson Combat AR-10 Recon Tactical 6.5 Creedmoor is built to order, so get ready for a 5-8 week delivery time for this custom rifle. It’s worth the wait, and the serious price tag.
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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.
It’s available in 308 Win too, and that caliber is the star of this video. Otherwise, the gun is the same and you have to admit, you want one…
Creedmoor Punch, AR-15 Weight
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 ‘Super Sniper’ version of this rifle chambered in 224 Valkyrie, which is aimed at the best 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.
Everything is Match Grade on the Wilson Combat
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
Longer Barrel Lengths Are Available
Wilson Combat can sell you the Super Sniper 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.
3. Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Long Range
- Price: $1,079.99
- Caliber: 300 Win Mag
- Barrel Length: 26 inch
- Total Length: 46.75 inch
- Total Weight: 7.8lb
- Capacity: 3+1
The Browning X-Bolt is a legend for good reason. But even with the icon, there is room for improvement. You can go further with the X-Bolt Pro, by the way, and you might want to do that.
The Browning X-BOLT Feather Trigger has zero
X-Bolt is a Hunting Household Name
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,and we like the simple hunting rifles too. But this rifle really doesn’t cost much more for the heavy sporter contoured barrel that provides pinpoint accuracy.
Read the reviews for yourself on Sportsman’s Warehouse, with one happy user review claiming 1inch grouping at 200 yards in less than 20 shots. That could be you….
The composite stock comes with an inflex 1 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 simple gun.
That colorscheme is called Arid Urban Camouflage, if you’re wondering…
X-Bolt is the Professional Hunter’s Rifle
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 rifle that is widely considered one of the best hunting rifles in the world. And what works for the hunter, generally works for a sniper.
It’s all kinda hunting, at the end of the day.
4. Barrett MRAD
- Price: $4,999
- Effective Range: >600m
- Caliber: .338 Lapua/Multi Caliber
- Barrel Length: 24 inches
- Total Length: 49.75 inches
- Weight: 9.2lb
- Capacity: 4+1
This is the MRAD system, a precision rifle that will really separate you from your
The MRAD is one of the new breed of totally modular bolt action sniper rifles 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’s a big hit in modern warfare for a reason.
Better Multi-Caliber Options?
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 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.
One Shot One Kill Semi Auto Rifle
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. But at anything less than 600 yards
As a hitman’s weapon, this rifle is a monster that only needs one clean hit to get the job done. As
5. Daniel Defense DD5 V1
- Price: $3,101.99
- Caliber: 308 Win
- Barrel: 16 inch
- Total: 33.5-37 inch
- Weight: 8.3lb
A lot of underworld snipers are ex-military or shadowy Jason Bourne figures. 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
Lightweight AR Style .308 Rifle
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 DMR in a standard patrol rifle size footprint with just a slight weight penalty.
That’s pretty badass, to be honest with you. An assault rifle would be epic and a real step up from the AR-15 when it comes to modern warfare.
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 in 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.
6. Smith & Wesson M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor
- Price: $1,839.99
- 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 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.
Quality Hitman’s Gun, and a Great Rifle
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 more.
Versatile Guns Are Great Guns
This might just be the most versatile gun you could
You 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 precision rifle 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.
Military Slowly Adopting 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo
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 2020 and you’ll see more of those DMR 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…
For more options, the best Creedmoor 6.5 hunting rifles for sale in 2020, 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.
- Rainier Arms – Small selection of the absolute best Creedmoor rifles.
- Euro Optic – Specialist military Creedmoor rifles. Small selection of pure gunporn.
- Sportsman’s Guide – Big selection of mainstream 6.5 Creedmoor rifles.
- Brownells – Solid selection of big name rifles. A few designer guns too.
7. Noreen BN36X3 Long Range Assassin
- Price: $2,871.00
- 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, according to Noreen anyway. For most of us, it’s a freaking semi-automatic 7mm rifle, and that is awesome. Is this modern warfare? It’s a precision rifle with follow up capability, so it could be…
Most of the 7mm Rem Mag rifles are a bolt-action rifle and there are long-distance shooters that sneer at more convenient options. 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. That is badass, Call of Duty-style badass, and you know it is.
A Nuclear Deer and Hog Hunter
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.
8. FN Ballista FDE Rifle .338 Lapua
- Price: $6,999.99
- Caliber: .338 Lapua
- 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 that sees active duty every day of the week in more capable hands.
The similarities between 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. You can find its wares on Call of Duty, 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.
Compound Defense Gun
As a SHTF gun, it would be a powerful ally. I mean it’s not the best assault rifle, but you don’t have to get that close. 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 John Wick.
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.
Change Caliber in Minutes
The FN Ballista can be switched out to a different caliber in minutes.
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 2020, well this is close.
Multi caliber Rifle Gives You Options
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 all the gun you need
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.
Range is everything in this world. Especially if you’re in the underworld and want to take people out without getting blood on you. Icky…
9. Remington 700 SPS Stainless .300 Win Mag
- Price: $699.99
- Effective Range: <1000 Yards.
- Barrel Length: 24 inches
- Total Length: 46.5 inches
- Weight: 6.5lb
- Capacity: 3+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 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.
Purpose Built Remington Defense Custom Rifles
That’s the $7,925 Remington Defense XM2010 Concealable bolt actionSniper Rifles, which is rather nice. That’s the ultimate, but you might also want to consider this old-school, $2,900 Remington Defense M24 best Sniper rifle, the best on Euro Optic.
But the M24 really is a tribute to the classic Remington 700 rifle. So if you are on a budget, the modern rifle is just as good, and possibly better. 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,.
Cheap Remington Rifles on the Market? No Problem
You can get cheaper ones, too, like the Remington 783 rifle, which
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 rifle that will serve you well in the field. It weighs in at 6.5lb, which is perfectly respectable for a hunting rifle, especially with this kind of barrel.
You only get three 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.
10. H&K MR762A1 LRP package
- Price: $6,499
- Barrel: 16.5 inch
- Total: 36.5-40.5 inch
- Weight: 10.42lb
- Capacity: 20+1
This H&K is a military sniper legend and a competition shooter’s favorite that doesn’t make all that much sense if you look at it with a cynical eye.
This is a heavy gun with a 16 inch barrel, basic 308 ammo and not a whole lot to recommend it from afar. And it is a modified patrol rifle with a serious accessories and optics package. But to use one is to love it.
The H&K is famous for its reliability thanks to the patented gas piston and pusher rod system and this is the second gen of a rifle. So enough people love ity, but you can end up scratching your head at the weight and cost.
If you’re one of those folks, you’re probably not going to be a customer. And you don’t care about the cost and the weight and you absolutely want this rifle, then you’ll never give a damn about those things.
You are the customer, and you know you’re getting one of the finest battle rifles in the world.
11. Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade
- Price: $1,879.99
- Caliber: AAC 300 Blackout
- Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
- Total Length: 33-36 inch
- Weight: 6.4lb
Sometimes you need a different kind of 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.
Mid-Range Sniper and Pro Grade Hog Hunter
The end result is a short range sniper that is light enough to sling on your shoulder. It is also 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.
12. Rise Armament 1121XR Precision
- Price: $2,379
- 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 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 a station 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 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. You don’t need this for a Whitetail and you it isn’t the lightest rifle.
If you’re going after Elk, a mafia boss or a bullseye in a sport shooting contest, 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 will love the adjustable cheekrest and triple port compensator.
The flat faced competition spec trigger, meanwhile, will remind them that they’re in the private sector and making much more money these days.
13. Accuracy International AT-308
- Price: $4,640.50
- Caliber: .308
- Barrel Length: 24 inches
- Total Length: 44 inches
- Weight: 12.8lb
- Capacity: 10+1
This is the shorter, tactical sniper rifle, the best that AI 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 sniper rifle.
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.
A Unique Hunting Rifle, Not Just a Sniper Gun
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.
14. 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 custom rifles are for sale in every caliber in 2020.
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 rifle aimed at long distance shooters that like the military vibe. 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 semi-automatic sniper rifle you will find out there today.
The Ferrari of the Sniper Rifle World
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.
15. Sako TRG-42 .338 Lapua
- Price: $4,378
- 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 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.
LEO Snipers and Military Snipers Use Sako Rifles
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. A professional hitman needs to think about this stuff.
Ultimate Distance Shooter?
As a long-range sport shooter, it basically has no equal. Yes you could get a 50 BMG if you want, and we really think you should to be honest. But this is good too.
Not many people use it for this, but 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, 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 rifle.
16. Ruger AR-556 450 Bushmaster
- Price: $659.97
- 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.
Bring Your Big Game
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.
17. Barrett M107A1
- Price: $11,914
- Caliber: 50 BMG
- Barrel Length
- 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.
Ultimate 50 Cal Sniper rifle
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.
And if you want a 50 BMG rifle and don’t want to spend Barrett money then you’re in luck. The new Bushmaster BA50 is a third of the money for 95% of the gun and that’s why it’s our favorite 50 Cal Sniper rifle right now.
18. Victrix Scorpio Mille
- Price: $7,599.99
- Caliber: 300 Win Mag
- Barrel Length
- 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 a three-lug bolt action sniper rifle 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 on the market 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.
Dual AND Single Stage Trigger. That’s Hot
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.
19. 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. The Pentagon labeled this gun, especially in .338 Lapua form, a threat to national security. Ummm, yeah…
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.
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20. The Fix by Q
- Price: $3,299
- Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
- Barrel: 24 inch
- Weight: 6.5lb
We were excited by the Fix by Q when we saw the press releases, years ago. And this precision rifle would be much higher up on this list if there were more actual rifles out there in the real world.
This is an awesome gun. It’s a one-piece receiver, no chassis bolt rifle and that is clever. It could be the best rifle in the world. But only if we can actually buy one.
Do you have one? Bought off the peg? Let us know.
We could get into eccentric single-shot rifles. But we think you’ve got enough for now.