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An old .303 calibre bolt-action hunting rifle. Will bring a deer down. Maybe a wolf.
In-game description

The Hunting Rifle is a bolt-action weapon with an internal magazine capacity of 10 rounds that can be used to scare away or kill wildlife. When hitting a target, it provides experience in the Rifle firearm skill.


The hunting rifle is the first firearm to be added to the game and one of three a player may find throughout the regions of Great Bear Island. It is the heaviest ranged weapon a player can have in their inventory. The rifle can inflict a critical hit to targets, and the bullets are lighter than arrows. The rifle's condition will degrade after a shot, requiring regular cleaning.



When found, the rifle is always empty and so it will need to be loaded with rifle ammunition (.303 British Rifle rounds). The rifle holds a maximum of 10 rounds at a time, and can be loaded with 5 round stripper clips; rounds will be loaded individually if there are 6 or more rounds in the magazine or if the player does not have 5 or more rounds on them. Loading will continue until interrupted by clicking or canceling, or the magazine is fully loaded.


Depending on the player's rifle skill and condition, when aimed, the rifle will sway or shudder slightly, affecting the player's ability to aim. The sway increases if the player's need meters are low (e.g., if the player is tired or freezing).


Low condition weapons have a chance to improperly load the next cartridge. Attempting to fire will result in a misfire. To clear the jam, the bolt must be cycled again manually by pressing the reload button/key. Doing so will eject the unspent cartridge onto the ground near the player, from where it can be picked up and used again. Unloading and reloading the rifle will also clear the jam, but without dropping any ammo. The hunting rifle has a glitch where if you have over ten cartridges it will automatically jam and not fire, the best way to deal with this is to drop the rifle and the bullets and pick them back up. You reload the rifle after you pick it up.


Main article: Cleaning

Hunting rifles can be cleaned with a firearm cleaning kit to prevent jamming and improve accuracy.

Cleaning a rifle consumes 5% condition from the rifle cleaning kit and restores some condition to the hunting rifle, based on the player's skill level. Each rifle cleaning kit can be used up to 20 times for repairing hunting rifles.


In Survival mode, the hunting rifle degrades 1.333% for each shot taken. When the rifle is at full condition, 75 shots can be taken before it degrades to broken. The hunting rifle can be cleaned to restore condition and increase the number of total shots that can be taken.

If the player obtains a level 5 Rifle Firearm skill, the hunting rifle degrades 0.666% for each shot taken. When the rifle is at full condition, 150 shots can be taken before it degrades to broken.

In Story mode, the hunting rifle degrades 0.666% for each shot taken. When the rifle is at full condition, 150 shots can be taken before it degrades to broken. The hunting rifle can be cleaned to restore condition and increase the number of total shots that can be taken.

The player cannot increase or decrease the degradation rate of the hunting rifle in Story mode, even through extensive training or practice.


Main article: Hunting

The hunting rifle is an aimable tool used to fire rifle rounds at targets. The high velocity rounds travel in a straight line and can cause massive internal injuries to the first object they encounter, potentially killing animals instantly. If the round fails to cause internal injuries sufficient enough to kill instantly, the round will still result a bleeding wound that will kill the animal eventually.

The rifle has a maximum range of approximately 50 paces. Targets beyond the maximum range cannot be hit. Hitting a fleshy target will produce a blood spray effect.

Bleed out time

Wildlife bears, deer and wolves have hit spots with a bleed out time

Zone Hit Bear Deer Wolf
Head 60 minutes Instant Instant
Chest 240 minutes 45 minutes Instant
Hind 360 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes
Foot 480 minutes 240 minutes 120 minutes


As with other loot items, the hunting rifle will randomly spawn in different locations on different play-throughs and difficulties, altough a few maps have a guaranteed rifle spawn separate from the random spawn. Each major map is guaranteed to have at least one rifle spawn in it, except on Interloper where none will spawn.

Some observed spawn points include:

Mystery Lake

Coastal Highway

Pleasant Valley

Desolation Point

  • Hibernia Processing: Either in elevated hideout reached through the pipe under rowboat or behind some crates that must be destroyed first or under bunk beds.
  • Stone Church: Propped against a wall.
  • Broken Bridge: Inside cave, at the high lookout point, this rifle is guaranteed to spawn.

Timberwolf Mountain

  • Next to a corpse.
  • Inside a cargo container mostly containing ammunition.

Mountain Town

  • Milton House: leaning against the fireplace.
  • Milton: behind the post office inside a car.
  • Milton: On the floor by the bed in the small isolated house on top of a hill.
  • Paradise Meadows Farm: on top of the bed
  • Beside a dead corpse in an open cave near the remote car between Spruce Falls Bridge and Trailer
  • Leaning against the altar in the St. Christopher Church
  • Beside a dead corpse in an open cave near the Radio Tower
  • Cave where to go down the rope from the picnic area
  • House in the picnic area besides the corpse
  • Before Rocky Refuge in the secluded area next to a corpse.

Forlorn Muskeg

Broken Railroad

Bleak Inlet

  • In the ice fishing hut. (near Cannery worker residences)

Ash Canyon



  • The rifle can't be used with a sprained wrist.
  • Bullets are more likely to cause a critical wound than arrows.
  • Shooting a deer or wolf in their critical zones at close range has a high chance to kill the animal instantly.
  • Bullets cause less bleeding than an arrow, creating additional bleed-out time.
  • Firing the rifle indoors will cause temporary deafness.
  • The rifle is dropped during a struggle with a bear.


  • The rifle in the Long Dark is a Lee-Enfield bolt action rifle, which was Britain's standard issue rifle until the 1960s.
  • The Lee was probably chosen for The Long Dark since the game takes place in Canada and The Lee is still in use by Canadian Rangers today because of its ability to reliably bring down polar bears.
  • The in game description of the Lee-Enfield: "able to bring down a deer. Maybe a wolf" is definitely for in game balance as opposed to realism - as .303 rifles like the Enfield are usually used for hunting big game and would obliterate a wolf.
  • The hunting rifle has a full wood stock, a feature common in World War Two and earlier combat rifles. The full stock makes the rifle very heavy, which consumes a significant portion of the player's limited carrying capacity.
  • The rifle seen in the game appears to have Lee-Enfield sights (though it is missing the front sight protector) and ten round internal magazine from the Enfield.
  • The jams featured in the game appears to be caused by rim-lock, which is where the rims on two cartridges snag and cause loading problems. This is supported by the fact that .303 is a rimmed round, Lee Enfields have trouble with rim-lock, and single loading prevents this issue from occurring.