Re: Any suggestions for a light-kicking rifle?
The .25 WSSM is an interesting idea, sort of want one myself, but I'm not sure it's right for what you're doing. I've shot a lot of deer with various .25s and I think they're a little marginal. I lost one I'd shot square through the ribs with a 120 grain partition from a .25-'06. I found the rib cage a couple days later stripped by varmints and birds, I could see a rib nicked on the entry side and reconstruct the exit based on some missing pieces on the other side. The hole was where I wanted it.
The idea of using a light recoiling gun for women and kids is ok but not if you have to give up terminal effectiveness to do it. I think you'd be way better off looking at a 7mm-08 or 7x57 in a standard sporter weight rifle. I've thumped a handful of deer with the 7mm-08 and it does so with authority. Not a lot of muzzle blast, not a lot of recoil, but serious effectiveness. My last one was a stainless model seven. It was just light enough to tap me a little.
Anyways, think you'd be better off looking at anything from .260 to .308 with 7mm-08 being the best of the bunch.
Flex is for people who don't have lockers.