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I am almost 22hours into game level 16. I am in Camp McCarran right now. But I still couln't find a single sniper rifle in game. All I found now is a Hunting rifle and a scope to attach to it from a merchant.

So where can I find a sniper rife that can take out death claws and mutants?

Is there any particular quest I have to complete to get a good sniper rifle. Also I have all the dlcs installed

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Well, anti-material rifle (plus 100 guns) can kill a deathclaw in a single shot. – Patrick Jul 14 '14 at 3:08
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Fallout Wikia lists the following locations for the sniper rifle:

  • 188 trading post - can be bought from the arms merchant after level 11. Atomic Wrangler casino - one can be found on the top floor, first door of the Atomic
  • Wrangler inside a very hard locked case.
  • Caesar's Legion safehouse - one can be found in poor condition.
  • Camp McCarran - can be bought from Daniel Contreras.
  • Camp McCarran - on top of a bed in the First Recon tent, where Sterling is.
  • Gomorrah - sometimes 3 in poor condition can be found in the room with gun shipments. Be sure you take them before you destroy the shipments with thermite during the quest How Little We Know.
  • Gun Runners - can be bought from the Vendortron after level 11.
  • Inside a (locked- hard) room in a ruined building, to the northeast of Mole rat ranch. Both of the doors are booby trapped into this building.
  • One can occasionally be picked off a legionary assassin.
  • Vault 34 - Two can be found in the Armory (Accessed by using the terminal in the Overseer's Office). They are in very poor condition.
  • Two can be found on mercenaries outside of Jacobstown. Hoover Dam - A few can be found on NCR troops at early levels. They are replaced by riot shotguns and marksman carbines later in the game.

There's also the Gobi Campaign scout rifle, a unique variant of the sniper rifle:

  • Sniper's nest - Found in the Very Hard-locked gun case that is next to an ammunition crate with .308 rounds. There is no key to open it if the lock breaks.

You may also wish to look into the sniper rifle's bigger brother, the anti-materiel rifle, or the unique Christine's CoS silencer rifle if you have Old World Blues. The Ratslayer, found in Broc Flower Cave, also deserves a honorary mention for being an easily accessible, scoped gun that silently shoots 5.56mm rounds.

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Thanks for the info I didn't knew there are 2 sniper in Camp Mccarran. I check it out today. Also do think level 16 is enough to start dlc? – ElectricRouge Feb 23 '14 at 10:40
@ElectricRouge depends on your playstyle, but it should be enough. – kotekzot Feb 23 '14 at 10:41
I mostly use guns. Mostly pistols and rifles and I have 70+ speech. I am playing on normal difficulty – ElectricRouge Feb 23 '14 at 10:43
@ElectricRouge In which case you might want to avoid Dead Money for a bit. It's a lot more difficult for a guns character than for a melee/unarmed character. – Studoku Feb 23 '14 at 10:47
@Studoku Thanks for reply. What do you think is the best level to start dead money for me? – ElectricRouge Feb 23 '14 at 10:51

The hunting rifle, although not the best, can indeed take down deathclaws and mutants... just be sure to have AP ammo.

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The hunting rifle is not the sniper rifle though. And while the two may be used similarly, that's not what the OP is asking for – Private Pansy Dec 29 '15 at 1:18
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. - From Review – Timelord64 Dec 29 '15 at 1:29

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