Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Best Shotgun Loadout

Looking for Best Shotgun Loadouts? Here are the top 3 that you can pick to dominate close range combats.

Modern Warfare 3 Best Shotgun Loadout
A guide on Modern Warfare 3 Best Shotgun Loadout

If you enjoy close-range combats within confined maps, shotguns are the ultimate choice. However, being this near to enemies exposes players to danger. To stay effective and safe, prioritize a high-damage shotgun with the right loadout. Here is the Modern Warfare 3 Best Shotgun Loadout to help you excel in the shotgun playstyle.

Key Takeaways

  • Shotguns are used in close-range combats, mostly in smaller maps in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
  • Players can easily one-shot enemies with a shotgun if they’re using a good loadout.
  • Riveter is currently the most powerful Auto shotgun and goes well with a Pneumatic Integrated Suppressor Barrel.
  • Players can also try two other great shotguns, the Lockwood 680 and Lockwood 300, along with the loadout mentioned.

Here is a quick overview of all three Shotguns with Best Loadout:

Lockwood 680Bryson Hammerforged Long BarrelXRK Edge BW-4 HandstopSawed Off Mod
RiveterPneumatic Integrated SuppressorFTAC Sp-10 Angled GripDemo LTS Stock.410 Gauge Slug30 Round Mag
Lockwood 300Matuzek 812 BarrelHeist Stock Mod12 Gauge Slug

If you’re looking for a well-thought-out loadout, then make sure to go through all three of these shotgun loadouts. I made sure to go with different shotguns for each best loadout, so there’s a variety of weapons to choose from.

Best Lockwood 680 Loadout

LockWood 680
LockWood 680 (Captured By Us)

Though Lockwood 680 isn’t on the same level as Riveter, it still holds decent potential with the right attachments. A good loadout setup will enhance the versatility of this shotgun, along with some side improvements to help players one-shot target with ease.


Attachment NameTypeHow to Unlock
Bryson Hammerforged Long BarrelBarrelReach Lockwood 680 Level 3
Sawed Off ModStockReach Lockwood 680 Level 17
XRK Edge BW-4 HandstopUnderbarrelReach Beta Ripper Level 9
Reach Rival-9 Level 9
Titanic Heavy BoltBoltReach Lockwood 680 Level 6

To increase the shotgun’s bullet velocity, range, player’s movement speed, and ADS speed, I’ve chosen Bryson Hammerforged Long Barrel. The Underbarrel, XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop, also increases movement speed along with other speed tweaks to the weapon.

The Stock I’ve suggested will increase Sprint to Fire speed immensely, making it go perfectly well with the first two attachments. For the Bolt, I suggest Titanic Heavy Bolt for Rechambering Accuracy as it’ll impact your speed too; however, you can choose Express Light Bolt too.

Class Setup

Here are the perks and secondary weapons for Lockwood 680 best loadout:

  • Vest: Infantry Vest
  • Gloves: Scavenger Gloves
  • Boots: Lightweight Boots
  • Gear: EOD Padding
  • Secondary Weapon: Renetti
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade

Best Riveter Loadout

Riverter Auto Shotgun
Riverter Auto Shotgun (Capture By Us)

Without a doubt, Riveter is currently dominating over the other shotguns. Riverter is a full-auto with an impressive Fire Rate, which makes it a killing machine in close-ranged combat. Some weapon attachments can even make this weapon a decent medium-long-range weapon choice. If you enjoy playing with this beast of a shotgun, here is the best Loadout:


Attachment NameTypeHow to Unlock
Pneumatic Integrated SuppressorBarrelReach Riveter Level 24
FTAC Sp-10 Angled GripUnderbarrelReach KV Inhibitor Level 14
Demo LTS StockStockReach Striker Level 12
.410 Gauge SlugAmmunitionReach Riverter Level 10
30 Round MagMagazineReach Riverter Level 19
Reach Renetti Level 16

The only Barrel I enjoyed the most on Riveter is the Pneumatic Integrated Suppressor due to it making players less detectable. Other benefits include bullet velocity and damage range; a must for powerful shotguns like Riveter. For the Underbarrel, pick FTAC Sp-10 Angled Grip. It’ll improve the weapon’s horizontal recoil and bring overall stability to it.

Equip Demo LTS Stock for increased versatility. For Ammunition, there’s no better option than the .410 Gauge Slug, as it improves the overall weapon’s ranged damage along with the range itself. Increase your magazine’s capacity to 30 by equipping 30 Round Mag.

Class Setup

Here are the perks and secondary weapons for the Riveter best loadout:

  • Vest: Gunner Vest
  • Gloves: Quick-Grip Gloves
  • Boots: Lightweight Boots
  • Gear: Tac Mask
  • Secondary Weapon: Renetti
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade

Best Lockwood 300 Loadout

One of the most powerful shotguns, the Lockwood 300 is a fan-favorite from previous Call of Duty games. So, if you’re looking forward to dominating enemies with Lockwood 300, here is a Lockwood 300 loadout:


Attachment NameTypeHow to Unlock
Matuzek 812 BarrelBarrelReach Lockwood 300 Level 14
Heist Stock ModStockReach Lockwood 300 Level 23
12 Gauge SlugAmmunitionReach Lockwood 300 Level 27
STOVL Tac LaserLaserReach Bryson 800 Level 10

The best Barrel for the Lockwood 300 is the Matuzek 812. It provides the shotgun with Damage Range, Bullet Velocity, and Recoil Control for better handling. For Stock, Heist Stock Mod is a great choice in such a fast-paced environment as it focuses on movement speed along with sprint-to-fire speed.

Class Setup

  • Secondary Weapon: X13 Auto (Or any other you prefer)
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex

My Verdict on Best Shotgun Loadouts

Currently, I’m enjoying Riveter the most, especially its automatic fire rate, which is extremely game-breaking and dominate every single match I played. You can easily lock enemies down without them getting a chance to attack you back. However, if you’re looking to try out another shotgun, give the Lockwood 680 or Lockwood 300 a try. Both these shotguns are a decent pick for close-mid-ranged combats, and with the mentioned loadout, they’ll become even better. I hope these Loadouts help in winning rounds with your favorite Shotgun. Happy Gaming!

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