The cowboy repeater is a lever-action rifle firing small-caliber .357 Magnum rounds. Its iron sights are similar to that of the brush gun and This Machine. Due to the gun having a tube magazine, it is reloaded by hand one bullet at a time, as such it can be interrupted mid-way through reloading and fired if needed. Because of this, it gives the gun the added advantage of being quickly available to fire again if only a single/few rounds are needed.
Its low Gunsskill requirement of 25 makes it an effective choice of weapon for a player character with only a modest investment in the Guns skill.
At later levels, the Cowboyperk makes a fully modified cowboy repeater a useful weapon, with the +25% damage bonus from the Cowboy perk, combined with the common .357 ammunition and ease of repair, makes it a good all-purpose weapon.
The firing animation incorrectly depicts a bottleneck cartridge case even though .357 Magnum and .38 Special are straight-walled cartridges.
xbox360ps3 Sometimes your weapon will disappear until you move, where it will come down from the top of the screen. [verified]
pcps3xbox360 This is one of the weapons affected by the round-by-round reloading bug. Sometimes all other actions will be locked out after reloading until the player attempts to fire the weapon. The attempt will have no result aside from unlocking the ability of the player to take actions. The player will still be able to move but will not be able to take any actions which are unavailable while reloading. If this bug occurs during a V.A.T.S. reload, it may make it so that the player must reload an earlier save. [verified]
xbox360ps3 When changing ammunition types this weapon could be caught in a reload loop, this is also common on the brush gun and trail carbine. This can be fixed by changing the ammunition type again. [verified]
xbox360ps3 As with all lever action weapons, a bug exists where if one changes ammunition types twice consecutively, the weapon returns to having a full magazine in the ammunition type that was selected. [verified]
xbox360pcps3 If the player puts away the cowboy repeater while it is being closed for reloading, in third person view the action will still be hanging open. [verified]
pc If the player fires in third person and then reloads and starts running right after reloading the weapon, the rifle will stay perpendicular to the players arm. To remedy this, simply go back into 1st person and then go back into 3rd person. [verified]
pcxbox360The reload animation of lever action weapons doesn't have a corresponding jam animation, so the weapon will not jam, even at near-breaking conditions.[verified]
xbox360ps3 While reloading and running in 3rd person, the player will not cock the gun, this is fixed by switching to 1st person or waiting for the game to move the action. [verified]