A while back I asked for information related to slugs, sabots, and shotguns. You folks helped a lot. Well, I set up that Win 1300 w/truglo sights and a rifled choke tube, got it to shoot pretty well, and my daughter and I headed south with it. When we got there, a Rem 1100 20 ga w/ scope was waiting for her to try. It shot sweet w/ Lightfield sabots and with the ability to shoot in darker conditions we chose it over the winnie.
I was impressed enough in the final outcome that now I would not hesitate to take a youngster (or oldster) hunting here in AK with a slug gun for something like black bear over bait or other animals that we could get in close.
Yes, Kelly did score on a whitetail deer in the last minute of the last day of our MI hunt. The shot was with the doe facing forward at an angle. The sabot entered the left front shoulder, took out the top of the heart, broke about 2" of ribs out of the right side, and ended up back by the liver. The shot taken was at about 14 yards. The deer, while dead on its feet, still managed to travel close to 60 yards before falling.
I was proud of my girl. She hunted hard and long, from dark to dark for 7 days in the cold, wind and rain. I'll talk more about her hunt in the general discussion, but just wanted to let you guys know in the shooting forum about our success with the 20ga setup. Thanks again!