lumper said it:
"The best advice I can give after playing the game 3 times.
In Chapter 2,
Get a scope on whatever rifle you have
get the Buck Antler trinket early on
Get your satchel upgraded as fast as you can, you can do this in chapter 2"
The absolutely most important key to play this game is to upgrade your satchel into "legend of the east" witch gives you
a storagecapacity of max 99 of each item. An absolute must. You are nothing but a noob without this satchel.
To get this done you will need to 1) go hunting with Hosea, he will give you the legendary animal map. Kill the legendary buck north of Owanija dam to get the pelt-thrinkle from the fence. 2) Do the first mission for Mr Strauss to get the camps legder activated. Buy leather-tools for Mr first, go all-inn for the satchel! (later; get fast-travel. A game-opener!)
Go to Valentine early and look for a hanging. The sheriff (not his deputy) will wear a bolt-action rifle*. Headshoot him
on his way back and snap the rifle, it`s worth it. You can get a free Lancaster repetear by "robbing" the gunshop in
Rhodes and a semi-automatic shotgun from an old lady up north in Big Walley. You will need a varmit-rifle with a scop for
hunting small animals.
Good horses can be found, but if you allready have the money buy the Dutch Warmblood for $450,- A bit stiff price
but this horse is solid, acting like a war-horse meaning it will not be scared easily, fast enough & good stamina.
Money; small cabin behind Shady Belle, lockbox gives $70,- and fills up every "day" + cabin near Moonstone Pond gives
$50,- (large jevel bag)
* you can also pick up one of these in the mission were you go near Blackwater to free Sean. Google it! My fav gun in the game,
and notice how it improves after a few hundred shots. A maxed bolt-action with a semi-shotgun for backup in close-range
combat is a strong combimation.
Allways save the game before any challenge. Allways. Your horse might be killed, pelts might dissapear..