An old .303 calibre bolt-action hunting rifle. Will bring a deer down. Maybe a wolf.
In-game description

The Hunting rifle is a bolt-action weapon with an internal magazine capacity of 10 rounds that can be used to scare away or kill wildlife. When shot, it provides experience in the Rifle Firearm skill.

Mechanics Edit

Loading Edit

Rifle load

When found, the rifle is always empty and so it will need to be loaded with rifle ammunition. The rifle holds a maximum of 10 rounds at a time, and can be loaded with 5 round stripper clips; rounds will be loaded individually if there are 6 or more rounds in the magazine. Loading will continue until interrupted by clicking or canceling, or the magazine is fully loaded.

Aiming Edit

When aimed, the rifle will sway from slightly from left to right, affecting the player's ability to aim. This sway increases if the player is tired.

Jamming Edit


Jammed cartridge failed to chamber properly

Rifle jams were introduced with the 0.298 update. Low condition weapons have a chance to improperly load the next cartridge. Attempting to fire will result in a misfire. To clear the jam, the bolt must be cycled again manually by pressing the reload button/key. Doing so will eject the unspent cartridge onto the ground near the player, from where it can be picked up and used again. Unloading and reloading the rifle will also clear the jam, but without dropping any ammo.

Cleaning Edit

Main article: Cleaning
Rifle cleaning kit icon

Hunting rifles can be cleaned with a rifle cleaning kit to prevent jamming and improve accuracy.

Cleaning a rifle consumes 5% condition from the rifle cleaning kit and restores some condition to the hunting rifle, based on the player's skill level. Each rifle cleaning kit can be used up to 20 times for repairing hunting rifles.

Hunting Edit

Main article: Hunting
Rifle sighted

The hunting rifle is an aimable tool used to fire rifle rounds at targets. The high velocity rounds travel in a straight line and can cause massive internal injuries to the first object they encounter, potentially killing animals instantly. If the round fails to cause internal injuries sufficient enough to kill instantly, the round will still result a bleeding wound that will kill the animal eventually.

The rifle has a maximum range of approximately 50 paces. Targets beyond the maximum range cannot be hit. Hitting a fleshy target will produce a blood spray effect.

Locations Edit

As with other items, the hunting rifle will randomly spawn in different locations on different play-throughs. However, each major map is guaranteed to have at least one rifle spawn in it.

Some observed spawn points include:

Mystery LakeEdit

Coastal HighwayEdit

Pleasant ValleyEdit

Desolation PointEdit

  • Broken Bridge: Inside cave, at the high lookout point. (guaranteed)
  • Hibernia Processing: Either in elevated hideout reached through the pipe under rowboat or behind some crates that must be destroyed first or under bunk beds. (guaranteed)
  • Stone Church: Propped against a wall.

Timberwolf MountainEdit

  • Next to a corpse.
  • Inside a cargo container mostly containing ammunition.

Mountain Town Edit

Forlorn Muskeg Edit

Broken Railroad Edit

Notes Edit

  • The rifle can't be used with a sprained wrist.
  • Bullets are more likely to cause a critical wound than arrows.
  • Shooting a deer or wolf in their critical zones at close range has a high chance to kill the animal instantly.
  • Bullets cause less bleeding than an arrow, creating additional bleed-out time.
  • Firing the rifle indoors will cause temporary deafness.
  • The rifle is dropped during a struggle with a bear.

Trivia Edit

  • The hunting rifle has a full wooden furniture, a feature common in World War Two and earlier combat rifles. The full stock makes the rifle very heavy, which consumes a significant portion of the player's limited carrying capacity.
  • The rifle appears to be heavily based on Lee-Enfield battle rifle, which was the British main battle rifle until the 1960s.
  • The rifle seen in the game appears to have a Mauser 98 action and sporter stock chambered in .303 and with Lee-Enfield sights (though it is missing the front sight protector) and ten round magazine from the Enfield.
  • The jams featured in the game appears to be caused by rim-lock, which is where the rims on two cartridges snag and cause loading problems. This is supported by the fact that .303 is a rimmed round, Lee Enfields have trouble with rim-lock, and single loading prevents this issue from occurring.

Gallery Edit

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Harvesting Improvised hatchetImprovised knifeSnare
Other Bear skin bedrollSurvival bowTorch
Ammunition Flare shellRifle ammunitionSimple arrow
Fire starters AccelerantCardboard matchesFirestrikerMagnifying lensWood matches
Harvesting HacksawHatchetHeavy hammerHunting knife
Light FlareFlashlightStorm lantern
Repair Quality toolsRifle cleaning kitSewing kitSimple toolsWhetstone
Weapons Distress pistolHunting rifleStone
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