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The Winchester Model 1873 is an example of a repeating rifle.

A repeating rifle, or repeater, is typically defined as a single-barreled rifle capable of firing multiple times after a single reload; this is typically achieved by multiple cartridges being loaded into a magazine of some sort and are then fed into the weapon via a manual or automatic mechanism of some sort. The act of chambering the weapon usually recocks the weapon for follow-up shots.

While the term "repeating rifle" technically encompasses all self-loading rifles, including autoloading weapons, it is usually used to refer to manually-operated weapons, such as lever-action rifles. Despite this, self-loading rifles are still considered a subset of repeating rifles.

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