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The Buffalo Rifle is a weapon featured in Red Dead Redemption. The power of the rifle is almost always mortally wounding to enemy combatants. It is the first weapon purchasable from the gunsmiths of the game, accessible after the second mission with Bonnie, although Rifle Ammo is very scarce at this stage of the game.
- It can be purchased from any Gunsmith after completing Rank 5 of the Master Hunter Challenges. The only precondition here is completing the very first mission and receiving the first level of Dead Eye targeting with Bonnie after the very second mission. As Rank 5 of the Master Hunter Challenges is obtained after slaying wolves and cougars merely with your melee knife, which can be challenging to new players, many are content to wait for the opening up of health restoratives in Marston's satchel. (Medicine not being officially available until "This is Armadillo, USA".)
- The weapon pack 2 cheat, at the cost of autosaving and trophies/achievements disabled, will grant the player with this weapon.
- The Buffalo Rifle is unlocked into the player's regular inventory upon reaching rank 50.
- It can also be obtained by killing another player who has the weapon equipped.
- It can also be used in gang shootouts at Las Hermanas.
Tips and Tricks
- Be careful when using the Buffalo Rifle in Level 2 Dead-Eye Targeting mode as it is a one-shot rifle and painting the target in any location will cause Marston to fire it off right away. Even being the most powerful rifle, if the shot is not placed in the center mass, or the head, the target can survive.
- It may take two shots to kill the legendary animals instead of the one shot for almost everything else (if you target the head it will drop them).
- When hunting dangerous game, the single shot capacity and slow rate of fire make it critical to get a head shot since there may not be time to reload and place a second shot if the animal survives.
- In Multiplayer gang matches, this gun is sometimes available, but it has only about 5 rounds to start. An ammo chest will refill almost 15 rounds.
- May be a glitch, but if the player can pull the trigger fast enough, the rifle will skip its reload animation and fire another shot immediately for as many times as the trigger is pulled. Useful against grizzly bears in a pinch.
- When using in Multiplayer, always aim for the head. Doing so will ensure your enemy is dispatched. Hitting them in the torso takes 2 hits to kill, easily enough time for them to put you down with a pistol, or another rifle. The Buffalo Rifle does, however, often stagger the enemy in question, buying a little time to get the second shot out if you didn't manage the headshot.
- This weapon can be useful in Sharpshooter Rank 7 as one shot to the bear's head will kill it. Dead Eye can be used if necessary.
- In Undead Nightmare, it is very unwise to use this weapon, as its one shot capacity will severely limit how many undead you can kill at a time. However, its accuracy makes it a good weapon when safely out of the reach of the hordes.
- The Buffalo Rifle is based on the real world Sharps Model 1874 Rifle.
- Though relatively challenging, it is possible to get the Buffalo rifle soon after unlocking the Master Hunter Challenges, or rather, attaining Rank 5 of the Master Hunter category, as aforesaid above (involving knifing twice the deadly cougar). Doing so will make the game much easier by having an accurate, high-powered, long-range rifle near the start. As a super-trivial related, "anecdotally-observed" note: Constantly employing solely the Buffalo Rifle in going against the gangsters of the area, from the start as described, seems, to all appearances, to escalate the level of tension; enemies know things are "serious", Marston is militantly disposed (as the Buffalo Rifle leaves little room for survival), death is in the air (to phrase the matter colorfully) and enemy gang members, seemingly, fight Marston all the more aggressively themselves.
- Similar to that of the Springfield Rifle, any character wielding the Buffalo Rifle will stay standing until they have finished reloading the weapon, which is when they will pop back into cover.
- The Buffalo rifle is not as effective in Undead Nightmare because all weapons can kill the Undead with just one shot to the head. Because the weapon only holds one round, its usefulness in-game is severely limited. The player is better off using another rifle or repeater.
- In Multiplayer, the buffalo rifle seems to have been downgraded, as it takes slightly longer to reload after every shot.
- This version of the Buffalo Rifle resembles the same rifle used by Matthew Quigley in Quigley Down Under. Both rifles feature double-set triggers, a longer barrel, and a long-range sight.
- A glitch exists for the Buffalo Rifle in singleplayer: if Marston has the bandolier equipped and has more than 120 rifle cartridges, shooting it will bring it down to 99 cartridges. The opposite can also occur, causing Marston to temporarily hold more than 200 cartridges. After going under 200 however, the glitch seems to end.
The Buffalo Rifle can be used to unlock the following 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