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Best Long-Range Meta Weapons After Warzone Season 5 Update

Here are the top 5 class setups for the strongest and most broken long-range meta weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5.
Best Long-Range Meta Weapons After Warzone Season 5 Update

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 has arrived and introduced an assortment of content, ranging from new Operators, POIs, and maps to five brand-new weapons. As always, there were also several nerfs and buffs to popular weapons, triggering a shift in the close- and long-range metas. To elaborate more on this, we will look at the new rankings for the best long-range weapons in Warzone Season 5.  

Best Long-Range Meta Guns In Warzone Season 5

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These are the strongest and most broken long-range weapons in Warzone Season 5. (Picture: Activision)

YouTuber WhosImmortal has detailed the best long-range meta guns to use in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5, considering the recent weapon balance changes. For our purposes, we've indicated the top 5 picks after the Season 5 update, including class setups for the ZRG 20mm, 3-Line Rifle, Automaton, UGM-8, Grau 5.56, and more.

1. ZRG 20mm

The ZRG 20mm is a powerful non-Vanguard sniper rifle with one-shot kill potential in Warzone Season 5. It is functionally comparable to other S-tier sniper rifles like the 3-Line Rifle, Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle, or even the HDR. It boasts solid bullet velocity, excellent range, control, and damage, making it deadly in expert hands.

Meta ZRG 20mm Class Setup

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These are the best attachments for the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle in Warzone Season 5. (Picture: YouTube / WhosImmortal)
  • Muzzle: Sound Moderator
  • Barrel: 43.9" Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mW Laser Sight
  • Optic: Royal & Kross 6x
  • Magazine: 5 Round

2. 3-Line Rifle

The 3-Line Rifle is another strong sniper rifle in Warzone Season 5 despite its .30-06 20 Round Mags being nerfed in the latest balance update. Like the 20mm ZRG, the 3-Line can kill enemies with one shot to the head at any range. The following attachments will boost the 3-Line's ADS and damage. 

Meta 3-Line Rifle Class Setup

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The 3-Line Rifle is one of the strongest sniper rifles in Warzone. (Picture: YouTube / WhosImmortal)
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Empress 514mm F01
  • Optic: Default (or Mk. 3 Reflector)
  • Stock: ZAC Custom MZ
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal 
  • Magazine: .30-06 20 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perks: Silent Focus and On-Hand

3. Automaton

The Automaton is comparable to the STG44, offering decent damage over range, minimal recoil, and solid bullet velocity. For these reasons, the Automaton is a popular choice and is held in high regard as a reliable "laser beam" weapon for the long-range meta in Warzone Season 5.

Meta Automaton Class Setup

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The Automaton is a laser beam in Warzone Season 5. (Picture: YouTube / WhosImmortal)
  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: ZAC 600mm BFA
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Anastasia Padded
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 75 Rnd Drums
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Perks: Tight Grip and Fully Loaded

4. UGM-8

The UGM-8 LMG is a strong meta weapon in Warzone Season 5, boasting insane TTK in the long-range that is largely unrivaled. In addition, the gun features incredible damage, a high fire rate, and superb mobility for its class; therefore, it is a good option for the long-ranged meta.

Meta UGM-8 Class Setup

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These are the best attachments for the UGM-8 in Warzone Season 5. (Picture: YouTube / WhosImmortal)
  • Muzzle: MX Silencer or Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Bernard XL214 736mm
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 125 Round
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perks: Tight Grip (or Surveil) and Fully Loaded

5. Grau 5.56

The Grau 5.56 is an iconic weapon that has surged in popularity and is a fantastic option for the long-range meta in Warzone Season 5. The gun offers substantial damage and accuracy after recently receiving buffs to max damage, damage range, and neck multiplier. 

Meta Grau 5.56 Class Setup

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The Grau 5.56 is a reliable weapon in Warzone Season 5. (Picture: YouTube / WhosImmortal)
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4" Archangel
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Magazine: 50 Round Mags

Honorable mentions

The XM4, Vargo 56, and STG44 are honorable mentions, which are competitive for the long-range in Warzone Season 5. We've also included a few attachments for each of them below.

Meta XM4 Class Setup

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.5" Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: STANAG 60 Rnd

Meta Vargo 56 Class Setup

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 18.6" Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetznaz Speedgrip
  • Magazine: Spetznaz 60 Rnd

Meta STG44 Class Setup

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 50 Rnd Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Perks: Nerves of Steel and Fully Loaded

We want to extend a huge thank you to WhosImmortal for his expert opinion. We recommend checking out his channel and subscribing if you want to maintain an edge over the competition in Warzone Season 5.

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Featured image courtesy of Activision.