If it's new it should have included a manual that will tell you what kind of projectiles and powder you can use in it. If it isn't new it wouldn't hurt to write Remington and request a copy of the manual.
I'd be extremely surprised if they recommend against using the pellets, though. A different question to ask is whether or not your game laws allow the use of pellets. Here in Colorado they do not.
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.