Rifled slugs versus sabots
I know what you're thinkin'...GET A .30-06!!! I probably will eventually. But for my first hunting season this fall, I'll probably be limited to Red River Gorge (Daniel Boone Forest), which pretty much guarantees nobody an open shot that's not subject to twigs and brush. I'm not sure how much slug barrels cost for a Benelli, but would it be worth it to get one and use sabots instead of rifled slugs in a smoothbore? I've heard a smoothbore gives you mediocre accuracy up to 50 yards or so, and after that's there's no guarantee you'll hit what you're aiming at. With slug barrels, I've heard the accuracy range is extended to 80-100 yards, which is a big difference. Getting within 50 yards of a wild animal as vigilant as a deer is pretty tough.