Like many other modern games, Hunt: Showdown has implemented an in-game economy that players profit from in different ways. The in-game currency is earned by killing, completing challenges and missions, or simply finding the money in the environment. Other games also allow players to sell their items to make a profit. This type of mechanic usually makes players careful with the equipment and guns they decide to use because if a player goes low on money, it will affect their loadouts drastically.
In Hunt: Showdown, a player must buy every piece of equipment needed for a match. This includes their weapons, tools, and consumables. Even characters (hunters) must be purchased and equipped by the player.
The prices in Hunt: Showdown are proportional to the items’ efficacy. Take the Avtomat (automatic), for example, the most iconic weapon in the game. Most players would be using this gun if it were more affordable.
Here we will talk about our favorite budget loadouts to help any player make the most of their in-game cash.
Best Weapons for a Budget Loadout in Hunt: Showdown
Hunt: Showdown is known to be a very well-balanced game regarding its armory. Cheap and weak weapons can be deadly against anyone, even a fully equipped hunter with the most expensive weapons. In the right hands, even a Quad Derringer can put enemy hunters on their backs.
If you are new to the game, you may want to first check out our Hunt Showdown Beginners Guide. It’ll get you caught up with everything you need to know.
Here we will list the best “bang for your buck,” if you’ll excuse the pun! These guns are perfect for the player who is saving his Hunt Dollars.
Martini Henry IC1
This single-shot rifle from the British Empire era is one of the best guns in the Hunt Showdown, dealing damage of 143 hit points at a very high effective range of 334 meters. This rifle is not only lethal due to its stats. Its iron sights make it easy to use. The Martini-Henry IC1 only costs 122 Hunt Dollars and won’t disappoint you in mid- to long-range combat. Remember that it is a single-shot rifle, so be sure of your aim before pulling the trigger!
If you are not a fan of iron sights and want some zoom, this rifle comes with two variants: the Deadeye and the Marksman.
- Price: 122 Hunt Dollars
- Deadeye variant price: 145 Hunt Dollars
- Marksman variant price: 173 Hunt Dollars
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The Sparks LRR is one of the meta weapons on Hunt Showdown, as this beast deals 149 damage at a distance of 355 meters. If you hit an enemy with this long ammo rifle, they will have a bad time as they will be left with deficient health.
This weapon can be constantly seen in higher MMRs due to its lethality. A good recommendation we can give you for this weapon is adding a Full Metal Jacket Ammo for 30 extra Hunt Dollars. This ammo will reduce the bullet velocity of your gun but will increase its penetration power and range.
- Price: 130 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Full Metal Jacket Ammo: 160 Hunt Dollars
Springfield 1886 Marksman with DumDum Ammo
The Springfield 1886 is the cheapest rifle in the game with a low price of 73 Hunt Dollars. This loading rifle doesn’t excel in any particular stat, but with a bit of tweaking, it’s extremely useful. The key to making this rifle a worthwhile buy is to add DumDum Ammo. The Springfield 1886 Marksman already does 132 damage, and a hunter has only 150 hit points.
A well-placed shot with DumDum Ammo at a distance of fewer than 212 meters will leave your enemies with a meager 18 health. Not only this, but they will constantly be taking more damage due to the bleeding caused by the DumDum Ammo. This strategy is especially effective against duos and trios. By combining this cheap rifle with a different ammo type, we have one of the best budget loadout weapons in Hunt Showdown.
- Price: 73 Hunt Dollars
- Price with DumDum Ammo: 98 Hunt Dollars
Vetterli 71 Karabiner
This bolt-action carbine contains an internal magazine of 7 medium ammo bullets and is one of the most widely used guns in the game. The Vetterli 71 Karabiner deals 130 damage at an effective range of 204 meters. This rifle can leave players feeling blind as a bat due to its second-rate iron sights.
Thankfully, it has two valuable variants: Vettereli 71 Karabiner Deadeye and Marksman. These two variants won’t let you down. We also recommend adding the Full Metal Jacket Ammo for more penetration power.
- Price: 105 Hunt Dollars
- Price with FMJ ammo: 155 Hunt Dollars
- Deadeye variant price: 130 Hunt Dollars
- Marksman variant price: 190 Hunt Dollars
Hunting Bow and Arrow
The Hunting Bow is usually one of the most overlooked weapons in Hunt: Showdown but make sure not to underestimate it as the Hunting Bow is one of the most lethal weapons at short range. A successful hit from the Hunting Bow will leave enemy hunters with very low health and with a bleeding status which will make them make desperate moves. If you manage to land an arrow 20 meters or less while having your bow fully charged, that’s a secured down for you.
Also this Hunting Bow have some of the most special useful special arrows as you can add Hunting Poison Arrows to destroys bosses, map traps and monsters, Concertina Arrows to block paths and cover downed enemy hunters or even Frag Arrows if you want to create full mayhem behind enemy lines.
- Price: 57 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Poison Arrows: 82 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Concertina Arrows: 87 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Frag Arrows: 157 Hunt Dollars
The Romero 77 is a break-action shotgun with a long barrel that provides good range and power. Some consider Romero 77 to be the most economical option in the game. It pairs high stats with the low price of 66 Hunt Dollars.
This shotgun has one drawback: it only carries a single shell in the chamber, so if you miss your shot, it may provoke enemies to rush you while you are defenseless. For the Romero 77, players can add two types of ammo for different circumstances.
If you want to be more lethal at closer distances and with more room for error, drop 5 Hunt Dollars on Penny Shot Ammo. If you want more range, Slug ammo is what you need. After the reduction of Slug ammo price from 200 to 65 Hunt Dollars, Slug ammo is what you definitely want to fight your enemy hunters. If you prefer close-range combat, you may also want to check out our best short-range builds in Hunt Showdown.
- Price: 66 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Slug ammo: 131 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Penny Shot ammo: 70 Hunt Dollars
Best Side Arms for a Budget Loadout in Hunt: Showdown
This small crossbow deals incredible damage of 195 hit points but only at a distance of 45 meters at a shallow muzzle velocity of 100 meters per second. This Hand Crossbow is at its best in PvE, allowing you to kill monsters quietly and recover the bolts from their bodies.
While carrying this weapon, players are allowed to equip it with two types of bolts. We recommend fitting it with the Poison Bolts, which will help you quickly kill Emulators, Crows, Armored Grunts, and Bosses such as The Assassin.
- Price: 30 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Poison Bolts: 55 Hunt Dollars
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Nagant M1895 Officer Brawler
This revolver is one of the most effective of its kind, costing only 110 Hunt Dollars but for the high rate of fire of 28 rounds per minute and damage of 91 hit points. Thus, the Officer Brawler is a great choice for any budget loadout in Hunt Showdown. This Revolver also carries seven bullets and is a headshot machine at close range.
With the Brawler variant, you won’t need to buy a melee weapon, as it has dusters on the grip. If you want to give enemy hunters a particularly rough time, consider that Poison Ammo was recently buffed! You can add it for only 50 Hunt Dollars.
- Price: 110 Hunt Dollars
- Price with Poison ammo: 160 Hunt Dollars
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Caldwell 92 New Army
This Revolver is similar to the Nagant M1895 Officer Brawler but with slightly more damage and a slower fire rate. The Caldwell 92 New Army carries six bullets, so be ready to reload. These last two revolvers both excel in short range in similar ways. Thus, they make great choices for a budget loadout in Hunt Showdown.
Caldwell Conversion Pistol – The Best Handgun for Hunters With a Tight Budget
The Caldwell Conversion Pistol mixed with Full Metal Jacket Ammo is considered a dollar-store Caldwell Conversion Uppercut, one of the most potent side arms in the game. While the Caldwell Conversion Pistol is less robust than the Uppercut, it can be a deadly sidearm in the right hands.
With Full Metal Jacket Ammo, you will be dealing 104 damage per hit at a distance of 103 meters so this can make up for a very reliable medium to close range option if you are on a budget.
Tools and Consumables to Use in a Hunt: Showdown Budget Build
The Knuckle Knife is a class act. For 15 Hunt Dollars, you can get an extremely effective melee tool that you can use to stab or punch enemies.
These railroad flares can be put to violent ends! Sometimes, Armored Grunts or Hives are at a distance that can’t be covered without making noise. At times like this, players can quietly throw a fusee. Landing a flare in either of these monsters will set them on fire, killing them quickly.
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First Aid Kit
It’s not flashy, but this tool is a must in any loadout. It can replenish 50 health points. One First Aid Kit can be used three times to refill a hunter’s health.
Vitality Shot (Weak)
The Weak Vitality Shot will restore half of a hunter’s health at the cost of 10 Hunt Dollars. We recommend players carry at least 2-3 shots.
This bomb is a monster-killing consumable, mainly used against bosses. Once it detonates, it leaves bosses with low health, blasting a short path to victory. This bomb costs 64 Hunt Dollars.
Poison Bomb – An Effective, Budget Loadout Consumable for Any Fight in Hunt Showdown
For 25 Hunt Dollars, this bomb will assist you in gunfights, boss fights, or clearing monsters and crows from your path.
If your in-game budget is through the ground, the Quad-Derringer is a pocket pistol that holds four shots for the price of 30 Hunt Dollars. It is considered more a tool in the game than a weapon.
Note: Being effective with this gun requires practice and skill.
Our Conclusion on Our Guide About How to Build a Budget Loadout for Hunt: Showdown
We hope that with these recommendations, you can build a budget loadout that fits comfortably into penny-pinching, tight-fisted hands. Despite their low price, all the recommended weapons and items have proven to be highly effective.
Good Luck, Good Hunt!