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The hunting shotgun is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


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A shotgun, also called a "scattergun," is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of lead or steel balls of varying sizes, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. This makes it very effective at hunting game. However, the accuracy and power found at close range starts to diminish as the target gets farther away. Shotguns designed for the military's use are often called "combat shotguns."


Hunting shotgun blown up

Hunting shotgun expanded

The hunting shotgun was built for greater range and power over similar shotguns. Using the less common but more powerful 12 gauge shells, the hunting shotgun is designed to be the mid-to-end game shotgun class weapon, only outclassed by the riot shotgun.

It is pump-action, which means there is a slightly longer delay between shots. It also loads through the bottom, so expect longer reload times, even with the Rapid Reload perk. Due to the gun having a tubular magazine, it is reloaded by hand one shell 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 advantage of being quickly available to fire again if only a single or few rounds are needed.

However, it shares the common weakness of most shotguns and automatic weapons in Fallout: New Vegas, in that much of its theoretical power is negated by the Damage Threshold system. This weakness however, can be somewhat countered if the player has the Shotgun Surgeon perk and can become truly devastating when combined with slug rounds. It is worth noting that with the choke modification installed, it is the most accurate shotgun in the game, making it effective in long range. Using slug rounds boosts its accuracy even further.

The weapon also takes advantage from the And Stay Back perk.


The hunting shotgun can fire a total of about 995 standard shells, the equivalent of 199 reloads, or 125 reloads when modified with a long tube magazine, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeUnmodifiedW/ Long tube
Standard, 4/0 buck, slug, coinshot, bean bag, flechette, Dragon's Breath & pulse slug995199995125
Magnum & 4/0 buck Magnum865173865109



Dinner Bell, a unique variant of the hunting shotgun given as a reward by Red Lucy for completing the quest Bleed Me Dry.


Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Hunting shotgun 70
Hunting shotgun Icon plus 70
Dinner Bell 75



  • When reloading the weapon in the third person, the Courier will hang the shotgun in their hand and pump it with one hand.
  • Instead of holding the gun by the wooden forearm on the front of the gun, the Courier holds the gun behind it, and after firing, moves their hand up onto the forearm, racks the pump, then grips the gun back behind it again. This is due to the hunting shotgun using the same holding, aiming and shooting animations as weapons with similar grips, such as the hunting rifle.


  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes when changing ammunition type or reloading the user may become stuck in an infinite reload animation, this can simply be fixed by pressing the fire button once or changing ammunition type again. The unique variant, Dinner Bell can also suffer from this glitch. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 The texture file has the wrong shell when reloading. It loads an 20 gauge (yellow) shell but will eject a normal 12 gauge (red) plastic shell. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 The character's finger often obstructs iron sights aiming. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Changing ammunition types twice will cause the gun to instantly reload, like with the cowboy repeater. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes in V.A.T.S. the weapon will have a long delay before shooting, if it shoots at all, leaving you wide open for attacks. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Sometimes after reloading the weapon will refuse to shoot at all, switching weapons will fix this. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes when reloading the sound of the 'pump' will be made with every shell loaded, reloading the game sometimes fixes this, but not always. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Sometimes, when reloading (often related to the glitch above, and the double ammo switch to make the gun reload instantly) the bolt will become stuck open when viewed in 3rd person view, the only sure fix is to shoot the gun, but it will most likely happen with the next reload. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When the shotgun is taken out, then re-holstered, the trigger disappears. The only way to fix this is to swap to another weapon, and then swap back. [verified]




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