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COD: Black Ops Cold War Pelington 703 Guide – Best Loadout

Sniping has been a staple of the Call of Duty franchise and in Black Ops Cold War, there are a few different rifles to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. In many cases, all of them are worth checking out, but the Pelington 703 in particular is a fan favorite. This is due in part to its manageable recoil, high damage, and low aim down sights (ADS) time.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the best loadout for the Pelington 703 in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, along with the most effective attachment setup to use.

Why the Pelington 703?

When sniping, it’s important for your weapon to hit hard. There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting an opponent, only for them to run away and recover. With the Pelington 703, as long as your shot connects at the chest or above, you’ll secure the kill. Plus, it features relatively low recoil, which is ideal for repositioning your shot after firing. With the right attachments, you can get its ADS time below 500 ms, making this an excellent choice.

Best Pelington 703 Attachments

  • Optic – None
  • Muzzle – Stabilizer .308
  • Barrel – 26.5” Tiger Team
  • Body – None
  • Underbarrel – Bipod
  • Magazine – 7 Rnd
  • Handle – Serpent Wrap
  • Stock – None

By default, the Pelington 703’s scope is something you should get used to, as it’s highly effective at medium to long range encounters. For the most part, you shouldn’t need to use any other type of optic unless you’re playing on larger maps like in Fireteam modes. Luckily, the default scope doesn’t use up an attachment slot, so use this to your advantage.

All the muzzles are useful, but we like to stick with the Stabilizer .308 because it maximizes idle sway control by 18 percent. You might be tempted to go with the Infantry Stabilizer since it increases idle sway control by nearly half, but at the expense of a 20 percent reduction in ADS time. This is a huge downside, as high ADS speeds can make or break certain gunfights. If you’re someone who doesn’t tend to scope in and out frequently, then you might find the Infantry Stabilizer to be more effective. But generally, players don’t stay scoped 100 percent of the time while sniping.

Next is the key to this loadout. Use the 26.5” Tiger Team barrel for a 20 percent damage increase. This is absolutely vital and will practically guarantee your shots will secure the kill. This attachment is useful in other ways in that it increases your reload speed, fire rate, and bullet velocity. Its downsides are just a decrease in magazine capacity, which can be mitigated with an extended round.

Even if you’re an experienced sniper, lining up your shot can be difficult. To help, you should use the Bipod underbarrel attachment. This increases your both vertical and horizontal recoil control by 50 percent! You’ll notice a difference after you fire, as it’ll be easier to readjust your shot.

To counter the 26.5” Tiger Team barrel, we recommend to use the 7 Rnd magazine. Since that barrel decreases your mag size by one, you’ll actually have six bullets to work with, but that’s plenty. All of the other increased magazine attachments significantly lower your ADS speed, so stick with the basic 7 Rnd for maximum effectiveness.

And finally, as an additional boost to ADS speed, slap on the Serpent Wrap. This attachment boosts your ADS speed by ten percent at the expense of an equal percentage of slower sprint to fire time. Alternatively, you can go with the Airborne Elastic Wrap, which grants a 12 percent ADS speed boost, but costs you 15 percent movement speed and sprint to fire time. It’s ultimately up to you and your play style, but from our experience the slower sprint to fire time is way more noticeable than a two percent ADS speed boost.

With that Pelington 703 setup, you should have everything you need to effectively place your crosshairs on your target quickly, pull off one-hit-kills, and readjust your shot easily after firing — all with plenty of ammo in your magazine.

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Joseph Yaden

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