The lever-action rifle has a 5-round tube magazine, fed by a loading gate on the left side of the receiver. This rifle is chambered for .45-70 government rounds. The barrel may be customized with short or long ported barrels but however, despite these modifications changing the length of the ammo tube, its capacity does not increase. Unlike other rifles, recon scopes are not available for this weapon, nor are there any mods that improve reloading speed. However, it may be fitted with a compensator to reduce recoil or a suppressor to reduce the noise of its shots.
Regardless of how many cartridges are fired, the Sole Survivor will load 5 cartridges as if the gun were empty. This is due to the rifle using the same reloading mechanic as any other gun and not one similar to the reloading of weapons by one round at a time as seen in Fallout: New Vegas.