My personal preferance would be any 300mag with Quality 180gr or bigger bullet (EX; Nosler Accubond, Barnes TTSX, or Berger etc...) specific to the critter and range you intend to shoot. The higher the B.C. and S.D. the better the down range energy, trajectory, and L/R performance. The 210Berger, like Broz indicated, will be hard to beat for dedicated long range work, and will lay the smack down on critters at any range inbetween
Recoil has never been much of an issue for me, but I dont "enjoy it" either. I shoot my 338 win mag un-braked, with only a limb saver, quite comfortably, but I am having a brake installed on my 300 wby just cause... Combine a Quality brake (ex; Kirby's Pain Killer-"PK", Shawn Carlocks Defensive Edge-"DE", & Vias come to mind) and a Quality recoil pad (Limbsaver, Pachmeyer...) and recoil becomes a thing of the past even with harsh loads and heavy bullets.
Well theres my 2 cents. Good luck
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