Reference

Also see notes below tables...

Weapon + Magazines Ammo Notes
# Round Cost Pen Dmg
Cost Setup Details
15-30k
inspect
30 PS 3k 32 57
Nothing wrong with iron sights and 10-rounders at low level. All mods optional, better than SKS even stock.
30-40k
inspect
EKP
60 M855 11k 32 57
Use battery trade. EKP is slightly taller than front sight; +5k to remove it. Usually used for its good handling, cheap mid tier ammo and good silencer options. Can put on PWS compensator (10k), but anything past muzzle mods needs full-auto to be worthwhile.
M855A1 15k 43 45
45-55k
inspect
~85k_alternative
60 PS 6k 32 57
Generally better platform than OP-SKS. A more exepensive build only makes sense if you prefer handling/mag size over 7.62x51 damage.
BP 45k 47 58
45-55k
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60 AP 24k 42 90
Very high recoil (including horizontal), high damage, okay accuracy, cheap silencer. The fact that you can black limbs in a single hit and one-hit-to-torso people with no or damaged armor gives this a slight edge over the VPO-136 or Hunter in certain situations.
45-70k
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OKP
30 M80 6k 41 80
The Hunter is primarily dragged down by the size and cost/rarity of its magazines. If you can work with small magazines (and buy them from Jaeger), its price-performance ratio is hard to beat. The OKP works well with the high mount point.
M62 14k 54 79
70-80k
inspect
60 M80 12k 41 80
Handles like a Hunter, except with larger mags and better mounting points. Use it once trader unlocks (mags/optic mounts) allow. Archangel/ALCS stocks are too expensive for what they offer.
M62 28k 54 79
100-115k
inspect
60 M80 12k 41 80
Short, high ergo and full-auto but only 20-round mags. Good base stats, but low mod scaling (-> good for cheap silencers). Can't take backup sight. Horizontal recoil seems higher than comparable M1A.
M62 28k 54 79
90-165k*
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stage2
stage1
90 M80 18k 41 80
Use any variant on this upgrade path: S.A.S.S. -> long barrel -> BMD Combo -> w/e. For the better variants, the recoil is also good enough to play much more aggressively so I prefer to have some extra ammo ready. Cheap drum mags via Mechanic LL4 barter (GM Counter).
M62 42k 54 79
170-180k
inspect
alternative
90 M80 18k 41 80
Full-auto and high base recoil but very strong mods that require at least Mechanic LL3 to get for reasonable prices. Marginally worse recoil than a full M1A build at similar cost - no noticeable ergo difference. Budget or improvised flea market builds are only good if you want large mag full-auto, otherwise an M1A/MDR will handle better for similar or lower cost. Cheap drum mags via Mechanic LL4 barter (GPhone).
M62 42k 54 79

Situational/meme guns

Weapon + Magazines Ammo Notes
# Round Cost Pen Dmg
Cost Setup Details
30-50k
inspect
20 AP-20 4k 37 164
Carried by AP-20. Low accuracy, low muzzle velocity,small mags. Decent budget option at higher levels. Mp-153 if you also want to run a cheap vest.
35-45k
inspect
~70k_trade
backup_sight
30 PS 3k 32 57
Janky recoil, but low horizontal component. PSO makes for an acceptable low level/budget setup. Top loading needs less rig space and risks less ammo, without being too clunky. Depending on prices and your trader levels, the Mechanic LL2 trades (SKS, OP-SKS) are decent alternatives to the otherwise better VPO-136.
BP 22k 47 58
90-110k
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40 7N1 29k 45 86
Not great, not terrible. Best part is the price of SNB, if you expect to meet enemies wearing level 6 armor (or 5 if you don't have M62 yet). Example mount has best ergo. Dumping another 20-30k into this just for ergo is sadly not worth it.
SNB 21k 62 75

General notes

Sights

Scopes are mostly preference, but I find high FOV helps a lot. Strongly recommend low zoom, a laser or an additional red dot for short range fights.
Some also have a 1x mode, which i find awkward, but could work for you. ADAR can mount some scopes on the carry handle off which you can remove scopes in raid to use its decent iron sights.

My favorites

Getting a scope + compact red dot:

Silencers

go to https://tarkov-market.com/tag/suppressors and look for the cheapest option

Examples

Some opinionated, ready examples. Note that for a "full DMR setup" silencers and optics are expensive enough to not really bother with cheap weapons.

Weapon + Magazines Ammo Notes
# Round Cost Pen Dmg
Cost Setup Details
80-90k
inspect
60 M855A1 15k 43 45
Reasonable for its price and overall feature set (silencer, variable zoom scope). Trying to fix the ergo or recoil is a waste of money.
95-105k
inspect
60 AP 24k 42 90
Low level/memes only. Low zoom/high FoV and a laser replace backup sight. Reference stock is 14k cheaper.
120-130k
inspect
60 M80 12k 41 80
Cheapest serious dual optic setup.
145-165k
inspect
60 M62 28k 54 79
Short and good ergo despite silencer.
160-190k
inspect
90 M62 42k 54 79
Best price-performance ratio.
200-210k
inspect
90 M62 42k 54 79
Short M1A, literally only good if you want to enter buildings.
235-245k
inspect
90 M62 42k 54 79
Close enough to minimum recoil without sacrificing features or usable ergonomics.
240-260k
inspect
90 M62 42k 54 79
Low recoil without dragging ergo into uncomfortable levels.

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