I shoot a 300wsm and think the recoil is surprisingly mild. this is coming from a fairly heavy rifle but it is considerably less than a lighter 30-06 I used to own. I do have my doubts about there being less felt recoil than a win mag however. if you are shooting more than walking you might want to try a mag or short mag in a heavy rifle. you might be suprised at how pleasant they actually are. for example, I once shot 20 rounds from a model 700 that was pretty light and ended up with a bruised shoulder. I recently put about 30 through a 300 wsm
and the last round was as pleasant as the first. the 300 is a winchester model 70 coyote that weighs about 8 1/2 lbs. and still sports the extremely thin factory recoil pad and a muzzle brake
could reduce it even more. In the same rifle I'm sure there's a big difference but in the right rifle I've seen small men put lots of rounds down range with no ill effects. if you want to extend your range don't write off the magnums due to recoil alone. there are many ways to make that extremely managable. probably a good bit milder than your 30-06.