The Winchester Repeater is the most iconic and reliable of all the repeating rifles appearing in Red Dead Redemption. It uses a lever action system and holds 10 repeater rounds stored in the tubular magazine. One of the most balanced weapons in the game, its medium firepower and high fire rate make it an ideal choice for most situations. Most players will recognize this weapon as the one John is shot with in "Exodus in America".
- The Winchester Repeater can be bought from the Armadillo Gunsmith for $350.
- This repeater can be obtained for free during the mission: "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit".
- This repeater is a reward from the captured sheriff after the Tumbleweed hideout is complete. (The sheriff must stay alive for the player to receive the weapon).
- The player obtains it after completing the survivor mission "Paternal Pride" at MacFarlane's Ranch.
- It can also be obtained from a stranger who asks the player to do something for him.
- The Winchester Repeater is unlocked into the player's inventory upon reaching rank 8.
- Bill Williamson and his gang
- Abraham Reyes and his rebels
- Edgar Ross
- Archer Fordham
- American Army
- Mexican Army
- This weapon is fairly useful when it comes to hunting smaller game such as Rabbits, Armadillos, Skunks, Raccoons, etc, as more powerful rifles (Springfield Rifle, Bolt-action rifle, Buffalo rifle) will obliterate the target and leave nothing to skin. If the player is an adequate shot, it can also be put to use hunting birds at long range with either normal shooting or through the use of Dead Eye. It is also especially useful for dispatching cougars.
- This weapon will function as the standard repeater of choice during the first third of the game as the player won't get access to another repeater (besides the Repeater Carbine) until Marston reaches Mexico.
- This is one of the most easily unlockable Golden Guns. It is found at MacFarlane's Ranch in Shootouts and Gang Matches, and will always respawn in your inventory, even after you die. (Only in MacFarlane's ranch)
- While the in-game weapon is based on the Winchester Model 1894, the menu screen illustration depicts a Winchester Model 1873. Also, the rifle in the game seems to take on more ammunition than its real world counterpart. In comparison, the repeater in the game holds up to 10 rounds of ammunition while in real life it only holds 6. However the Winchester 1894 is also chambered to fire pistol cartridges, so it's possible the gun Marston uses takes pistol chartridges.
- The Winchester is widely recognized as a symbol of the American West, earning it the nickname "The Gun that Won the West".
- Even if the player purchases the rifle from the Gunsmith in Armadillo the barrel will still be rusty as if it has been used before.
- In 1899 (during the events of Red Dead Redemption 2), John can be seen with a unique Lancaster Repeater that is iron-plated and has a Rosewood varnish. It is often strapped over his left shoulder, and he can be seen using it in combat at various times. However, the weapon is omitted from his inventory when he is playable in the game, except during the mission "Jim Milton Rides, Again?". The customization appears to be a nod to the Winchester Repeater in Red Dead Redemption.
The Winchester Repeater can be used to unlock the following Trophies/Achievements:
Get 250 headshots in any game mode.
Get a headshot while in Expert Mode in Singleplayer.
Kill 500 enemies with any rifle, repeater, or shotgun