Snipers need the suppressor more than small arm users due to red dots appearing on the mini map, slow swap times, and the pistols aren't amazing. I don't always use a sniper rifle suppressed but I can see why people would. On SMGs and ARs all you do is hold RT for a bit longer.
Borderlands! Vladof sniper rifles are pretty fun to use though and their animated advert is pretty funny.
The L115 has a larger hit box than the USR which is what makes it special. However, I am surprised that you can even get a kill with it. I used to love that gun but after about a month into the game, I couldn't even get a hitmarker with it if I hardscoped. The only way that I could get a kill was to QS with it. I agree that the gun is broken but not due to the silencer nerf. Worse case the silencer nerf probably only reduced the hit box down to the USR unsilenced level.
I can say its not broken. I have found a setup that seems to equalize the gun and make it a dream. Armor piercing rounds, Variable Zoom, Sleight of hand, focus, blind eye, incog, and fully loaded
But can you hardscope with it? Maybe it's just my L115 that's broken but I can pull it out and take the time to line up my shots and get no kills from it but if I QS it, they drop instantly. And in the very same lobby I can pull out a USR and hardscope or QS with no issues at all. You know what it might be. My troubles with the L115 may have come about when I put the chrome barrel on it to do the ghille suit challenge. Before that I was using AP rounds or nothing special other than extended mags. Maybe the broken part is the chrome barrel? I'll have to try it again without the chrome and see if it goes back to feeling like it did at launch.
Also about the chrome barrel its a bad attachment, but if you like it. I would put focus and steady aim to see if that helps any
I can snipe with the L115 (Traditional) just fine, maybe you guys just need to step up your game and aim a little better. It also could be lag comp that you are experiencing.
sorry no love for snipers.. they are a percision weapon and they need to nerf them so that are VERy difficult to use but most satisfying when used correctly, a sniper doesnt need to be stealthy, they need to be loud.