I have been researching several calibers as I am in the buying mood for a new rifle. I was just about set on a 7mm-08, but after talking with a "gun specialist" he didn't think the recoil is any different than a .243. I already have a .243 wssm and it is a dandy little gun with some punch, and the recoil is fairly light. Any thoughts about those calibers in comparison via recoil and performance (trajectory, penetration, etc). Also any thoughts on how they compare to the .25-06, meaning is this caliber noticeably 'bigger' (more recoil longer range, etc).
I really looking for a gun that is fun to shoot, can shoot off hand without a benchrest for practice, but big enough to shoot deer with. It may be a gun for my son or daughter 5 years from now. thank you