As part of the Season Six Battle Pass system, all Operators can earn the new SP-R 208 marksman rifle, free. Available at Tier 15, this bolt-action rifle is notoriously reliable at any range, able to compete with sniper rifles while still being a marksman rifle at its core.
Here is its in-game description, which highlights another strength of this new rifle: its versatility.
“Reliable, hard-hitting .300 Win bolt-action rifle from Sloan Precision. This weapon’s extensive military use gives rise to an abundance of customization.”
SP-R 208 Overview
The SP-R 208’s default ammo is a one-shot kill to the upper chest, neck, or head in Multiplayer, which is comparable to the MK2 Carbine. In Warzone, however, headshots will always be a one-shot kill, regardless of if the enemy has one armor plate or three.
While the weapon’s damage profile, bullet velocity, and range is already better than the MK2 Carbine, it can be further improved thanks to two unique ammo conversion attachments: the .300 Norma Mag 5-R Mags and the .338 Lapua Mag 5-R Mags. Both increase the weapon’s bullet velocity and damage range, with the latter able to produce one-shot kills to the upper and lower torso in Multiplayer along with armorless enemies in Warzone.
In terms of fire rate, the base weapon is a few hundred milliseconds slower than the MK2 Carbine yet is faster than any other bolt-action rifle. Two other unique attachments add variance to this rifle’s rate of fire: the Sloan SK-800 Deadeye slows down the rechamber speed in exchange for more accurate follow-up shots, while the Sloan SK-600 Feather quickens rechamber speed to make this weapon’s fire rate a bit closer to that of the MK2.
As for its other statistics, it boasts the best accuracy against all other marksman rifles, meaning it has the tightest hip-fire spread in its class just in case a no-scope is needed. The weapon also has a great reload speed thanks to a box-fed magazine and overall lightweight design.
Blueprint Review and Loadout
Available at Tier 85, the Darkwood is a shining example of how the SP-R 208 can be used as a competitive long-range tool.
The .300 Norma Mag S-R Mags are paired with the weapon’s longest barrel, the SP-R 26”, that improves muzzle velocity and range significantly. It also helps with recoil control with the ZLR SP-R Overseer stock attachment, while the Variable Zoom Scope gives a much-needed precision sight picture at medium and high magnifications. The final attachment is the Tac Laser, which adds a bit of stability and decreases Aim Down Sight (ADS) speed slightly.
Combined, this configuration nearly extends the weapon’s range to its maximum, while only sacrificing a bit of mobility. Consider this a quickscoper’s dream, one that’s ready to eliminate entire enemy squads with reliable long-range fire.
Here’s a recommended loadout for Warzone™ and Multiplayer that uses this blueprint:
Secondary: Third Degree Handgun Blueprint (Available at Tier 8 of the Season Six Battle Pass)
Perks: Double Time, Ghost, Shrapnel
Equipment: Frag Grenade, Flash Grenade
Pair the Darkwood with the Third Degree, a powerful handgun that can deal one-shot headshots while also looking incredible when outfitted with Gold Camo. The rest of this loadout is a well-rounded mix of two Frag Grenades (through Shrapnel), an ever-useful Flash, the movement-based Double Time, and Ghost, which will help keep you off enemy radars.
Two Warzone Loadout Suggestions
1. Team Player
Primary: SP-R 208
Compensator, VLK 3.0x Optic, Sloan KR-600 Feather, XRK SP-TAC 208 Ultimate, Focus
Perks: Kill Chain, Pointman, Tune Up
Equipment: Thermite, Snapshot Grenade
This loadout is geared towards highly-skilled Operators who want to support the squad with effective, team-based loadout pieces and a primary that can dish out one-shot headshots with ease.
Those will come quicker out the barrel thanks to the Sloan KR-800 Feather, with the Compensator aiding in recoil control enough to ensure a more accurate follow-up shot. Focus will show its effectiveness while engaging with squads, as the flinch resistance will help you stay on target.
For the other two attachments, XRK SP-TAC 208 Ultimate Stock speeds up ADS without affecting recoil too much, and the VLK 3.0x Optic is a high enough magnification to help spot enemies at a distance, but not too high to cause plenty of visual recoil or a scope glint.
The rest of this loadout has plenty of options to aid the whole squad. From destroying vehicles with the PILA and Thermite, to increasing Killstreak spawns out of Supply Boxes with Kill Chain and speeding up revives with Tune Up, you’ll fit a unique, yet necessary, role on the squad, much like the Primary Weapon used for it.
2. Maximum Range
Primary: SP-R 208
Monolithic Suppressor, SP-R 26”, .338 Lapua Mag 5-R Mags, Solozero SP-R 28mm, Sloan KR-800 DeadEye
Secondary: Trivor SMG Blueprint (Available at Tier 95 of the Season Six Battle Pass)
Perks: E.O.D., Overkill, Battle Hardened
Equipment: Proximity Mine, Heartbeat Sensor
HDR, you have some company.
Treat this weapon as the ultimate engagement-starting tool, one that lets you sit back and take the shot while the squad goes in for the confirm.
The first three listed attachments kit the weapon out for maximum range and minimal bullet drop, putting it well above its marksman rifle pay grade. The optic is the largest magnification one outside of the Variable Zoom, which makes it a great tool for spotting enemies at extreme distances. Given that long range builds rely on precision accuracy, the slower of the two bolt assembly attachments can be used to ensure more measured follow-up shots.
With a primary that’s solely kitted for range, you may want to bring along a fast-firing SMG blueprint like the Trivor, which is available as a secondary through Overkill. E.O.D. and Battle Hardened are to ensure explosives and tactical equipment don’t throw off your shot, while the Heartbeat Monitor will potentially give you intel on nearby enemy squads, and the Proximity Mine can help protect a sniping perch with its set-and-forget properties.
Two Multiplayer Loadout Suggestions
1. Silent and Steady
Primary: SP-R 208
XRK P208 Dragoon, Commando Foregrip, Merc Thermal Optic, FSS Virtuoso Pro, Recon
Secondary: Exoskeleton Sidearm Blueprint (Available at Tier 65 of the Season Six Battle Pass)
Perks: Cold Blooded, Restock, Tracker
Equipment: Molotov Cocktail, Smoke Grenade
This configuration uses the SP-R 208’s integrated suppressor barrel, the XRK P208 Dragoon, to create a unique playstyle that caters to objective game modes.
Restock will supply a steady stream of Molotov Cocktails, which can help actively defend objectives by fire, and Smoke Grenades, which pair well with the weapon’s Thermal Optic. Look through that smoke to spot enemies, whose nameplates will appear at greater distances thanks to the Recon weapon perk, and maintain that steady aim with the included FSS Virtuoso Pro Stock and Commando Foregrip attachments.
Against enemy thermal scopes, you won’t be detectable thanks to Cold-Blooded, while Tracker will complement the Recon weapon perk.
Rounding out this loadout is the Exoskeleton, a fantastic unsilenced last resort when that rifle runs dry, or as a defensive tool when climbing up or down a ladder.
2. Montage Worthy
Primary: SP-R 208
Tac Laser, .338 Lapua Mag 5-R Mags, Variable Zoom Scope, Sloan KR-600 Feather, XRK SP-LITE 208 Blitz
Secondary: Kali Sticks
Perks: Scavenger, Hardline, Amped
Equipment: Throwing Knife, Stim
While not kitted for maximum speed, this configuration is a great fit for those searching for their next big feed to finish out their Modern Warfare montage.
The Tac Laser and XRK SP-LITE 208 Blitz Stock speeds up ADS time significantly, with the latter being the only attachment on the weapon to quicken sprint to fire speed. That will play well when sniping on the move and hitting rapid quickscopes with the aid of the faster bolt assembly modification, and the Variable Zoom scope. Finally, the .338 Lapua Mag ammo conversion is here to provide a substantial damage buff.
Whenever this rifle isn’t being used, whip out the Kali Sticks to move extremely fast towards that next potential montage clip spot. The Throwing Knife can be used to get awesome bank shot kills, while Stim is great for recovering health quicker in between feeds.
As for perks, Scavenger helps you resupply that rare .338 Lapua ammo from any downed enemy, Amped will give faster weapon swaps (and weapon swap cancel tricks), and Hardline ensures that every double kill results in a Personal Radar, and every triple gives a UAV, two consolation prizes for barely missing that clip-worthy quad.
These are only just a few ways to configure the SP-R 208 in the Gunsmith. After you earn it within the Battle Pass system, keep levelling it up to see the near-infinite possibilities it provides for your loadouts.
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