Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?
Since target shooting seems to be a higher priority then hunting, I would lean towards a 6mm case. The 6BR, and 243 with 95 to 105gr bullets will do anything you want out to 1000yds. Hunting out to 250yds. Just choose the right bullet for the job. For shorter range shooting (800yds), the 87gr Vmax is superb.
Then there are is the 260Rem and 7-08.