The cowboy repeater is a lever-action rifle firing small-caliber .357 magnum rounds. It has a peep sight 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. The cowboy repeater also appears to be the "standard rifle" for Recruit legionaries.
Its low skill 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 cowboy repeater can fire a total of about 595 standard rounds, the equivalent of 85 reloads, or 55 reloads when modified with the long tube, from full condition before breaking.
It is loosely based on the Winchester Model 1892.
xbox360 Sometimes your weapon will disappear until you move, where it will come down from the top of the screen.
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.
ps3 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.
xbox360 As with all lever action weapons, a bug exists where if one changes ammunition types twice consecutively, the weapon returns to having a full clip in the ammunition type that was selected.
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.
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.
xbox360 When using true iron sights, the bullet always travels very slightly above the front sight because the front sight and rear sight are not exactly aligned. To compensate, try targeting with only the very center of the peep sight (the center being just slightly above the front sight) to target or turn off true iron sights.
xbox360 Weapon mods may not show when dropped.
The cowboy repeater with the custom action modification.
The cowboy repeater with the custom action and the maple stock modification.
The cowboy repeater with the custom action, the maple stock, and the long tube modification.
A collection of all of the cowboy repeater variations.