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Dinner Bell is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas. It is a unique variant of the hunting shotgun.


Dinner Bell is a unique variant of the hunting shotgun. This weapon cannot be modified, with either the long tube or the choke modifications, but the weapon already incorporates the choke and has a reduced spread when compared to the unmodified variant. Dinner Bell still has the advantage of greater damage compared to a fully-modified hunting shotgun, but is less accurate and holds fewer rounds.


Dinner Bell can fire a total of about 745 standard shells, the equivalent of 149 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, 4/0 buck, slug, coinshot, bean bag, flechette, Dragon's Breath & pulse slug745149
Magnum & 4/0 buck Magnum648130



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Hunting shotgun 70
Hunting shotgun With all weapon mods attached 70
Dinner Bell 75


Dinner Bell is given as a reward by Red Lucy in the Thorn, after completing the quest Bleed Me Dry.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Switching to the ammunition types when there is less than a full reload of that ammunition type while moving will cause a looped reloading sequence. [verified]
    • It can be easily fixed by simply changing ammunition type once more, or switching weapons.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Using this weapon in V.A.T.S. may cause the player's character to freeze and not fire at the intended target. The player character will be stuck in the third person view for up to 15 seconds and be vulnerable to attack. This only happens while the bug above is in effect because the weapons pump/chamber will be open, making the weapon incapable of firing until the V.A.T.S. sequence is over, and the courier finishes the pump. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The Dinner Bell shows a normal 12 gauge (red) plastic shell when in 1st person but still loads an incorrect 20 gauge (yellow) shotgun shell in 3rd person.

Behind the scenes

The Collector's Edition of the Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide lists the weapon location as being obtainable in the nuclear test shack in addition to completing Bleed Me Dry, which is incorrect.