As a Sniper, I wonder which base-weapon is the best. I wanna shoot normal projectiles and get the most out of it using modifications.

I found this page on the wikia, which tells me that the Hunting Rifle is the way to go. Is this even true after applying all mods to a weapon?

PS: My main interests are:

  • Damage
  • Availability of munition (a sniper which I can always use)
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    It depends on what you want from the gun. You could just use the railway rifle if you just want the most damage per shot. steamcommunity.com/app/377160/discussions/0/496881136901235755 the third comment here will be helpful.
    – Aequitas
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:40
  • @Aequitas: I edited the post. But is this still true after applying all the mods? Or does (for instance) the Hunting Rifle have stronger modifications in the end?
    – codepleb
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:56
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    Every weapon in F4 that isn't a melee weapon is a projectile weapon. Did you perhaps mean ballistic weapon (ie a weapon that propels mass)?
    – Dallium
    Dec 3, 2015 at 0:28
  • @Dallium: Yeah, that sounds better.
    – codepleb
    Dec 3, 2015 at 9:49
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    Gauss Rifle seems the best option for damage for 1 shot. Dec 3, 2015 at 14:32

3 Answers 3


If you're aiming for the highest damage per bullet, you should have a look at the Railway Rifle. It starts out with considerably higher damage unmodded in comparison to the Hunting Rifle.

However, you might feel it has a very "un-snipery" feel to it because it does not look in the slightest like a weapon made for sniping in the usual sense. In that case, yes, the Hunting Rifle is your best bet. I had no raw one at hand, so here are the fully modded stats of a Lucky Hunting Rifle with all damage and sniping components:

Gun Stats

I would look thoroughly for a rifle with a good legendary mod though, seeing as 139 damage is pretty meagre in higher difficulties. Aim for one of these: (somewhat in order of expected payoff)

  • Instigating: Does double damage if the target is at full health.
  • Two shot: Fires an additional projectile. Decrease in accuracy.
  • Junkie's: Does increased amounts of damage the more withdrawal effects you are suffering. (if you're into chems. I read the damage goes up pretty high)
  • Mighty/Powerful: Deals an additional 25% damage.
  • Lucky Weapon: Critical shots do double damage and the critical meter fills 15% faster. (If you're into using V.A.T.S.)
  • Penetrating: Ignores 30% of the target's damage and energy resistance.


Ammunition did not pose a problem for me. As you can see on the screencap, I have ~1200 shots. Another 1500 are on Nick because I gave him a similar weapon. A clip for the best magazine mod holds 10 bullets if I'm not mistaken, with which, when looking at the Fire Rate, it generally takes FOREVER to deplete 1000+ rounds.

Also, if you pick up the Scrounger perk (additional ammo found throughout the world), you will find boat loads of .50 ammo. This stuff is everywhere and I have absolutely no use for it. Maybe it's just a troll and you'll find plasma cells when you're using that Hunting Rifle, who knows...

  • Nice! Yeah, I'm currently looking for an "Instigating" one (I don't play with followers), but I figured that this is probably going to be a long road. :)
    – codepleb
    Dec 2, 2015 at 22:40
  • How does a fully modded laser musket compare to this? (fully cranked)
    – DCShannon
    Dec 2, 2015 at 22:45

The Gauss Rifle not only has the highest damage of any weapon save the Fat Man and variants, but can be mounted with a silencer and every scope in the game. It's a little heavy at 15 FWU, and the ammo is relatively rare, but nothing beats it for long distance, precision damage. The biggest wrinkle is getting used to the charge time.

  • Gauss rifle is definitely the highest single shot rifle.
    – l I
    Dec 3, 2015 at 0:00
  • That's not what this question is about, but thanks.
    – codepleb
    Dec 3, 2015 at 5:32
  • @TrudleR how so?
    – Dallium
    Dec 3, 2015 at 5:32
  • I asked for projectile weapons, not plasma or electric (or whatever) :-)
    – codepleb
    Dec 3, 2015 at 5:33
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    @TrudleR and? The gauss rifle fires a 2mm chunk of ferromagnetic metal
    – Dallium
    Dec 3, 2015 at 5:37

The Railway Rifle does considerably more damage than any of the other rifles.

However it can't be silenced and it weighs quite a lot.

The ammo can be quite scarce, however they are cheap to buy and can be recovered from enemies killed using this weapon.

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