The hunting rifle is a bolt-action rifle set in wooden furniture. It has an iron sight attached and uses .308 rounds. This weapon's iron sights are lined with luminescent markers. It has a high damage output, but its cycling action limits the speed at which it can put rounds in a target at close range.
When fully modified, the hunting rifle is a very stable platform for long-range sniping and overall combat. The increased magazine size of the fully upgraded hunting rifle coupled with the higher damage per shot, faster reload speed, moderate Strength and skill requirement and very high durability make it a viable sniper rifle in its own right. The maximum damage of the weapon stacked with damage perks and Sneak Attack Critical multipliers will kill most enemies in one shot. It also matches the other top-tier 3.5x magnification scopes of other weapons, though with a different appearance when the scope modification is attached. Its significantly high maximum condition also allows it to fire .308 JSP ammunition for a prolonged period. The hunting rifle cannot be upgraded with any sort of silencer modification.
The hunting rifle can fire a total of about 1,495 standard rounds, the equivalent of 299 reloads, or 150 reloads when modified with extended magazines, from full condition before breaking.
The hunting rifle looks like it is in poor condition, with the butt plate falling off, and the barrel being taped in place, and part of the bolt receiver held together with wire, but this does not reflect its durability from a statistical standpoint, which is substantially higher than the sniper rifle (300 HP compared to 80).
The hunting rifle scope actually has more zoom than the sniper rifle's or the anti-materiel rifle's scopes.
Finding modifications for the weapon can be difficult, because not every vendor, including the Gun Runners, has them in stock at certain points in the game.
The hunting rifle is the standard issue rifle for the NCR 1st Recon and is frequently carried by Caesar's Legion soldiers.
The ironsights of the hunting rifle (and, to a degree, all non-pistol-grip two-hand rifles) are misaligned with the center of the screen, with shots landing a fair bit to the right of the gun's sights. The scope mod rectifies this.[verified]
If the gun is holstered while wearing Chinese stealth armor, zooming in while in first person will show a chunk of metal on the screen.[verified]
The gun will sometimes be held higher than usual in 1st person.[verified]
The hunting rifle with the scope modification
The hunting rifle with the scope and the custom bolt modification
The hunting rifle with the scope, custom bolt, and extended magazine modification