Originally Posted by winmag
Ok, so call me odd, but I vote for a .270 or .270wsm. Toofewdaysafield mentioned it, but I find it rather odd we are alone, Hmmmm. Also nothin wrong with the good ol -06. At least with these you have a rifle fully capable of crossing over to an elk rifle at reasonable ranges if its ever needed, but don't have the recoil
I don't know about his son but for my daughter a .270 and 30/06 are just out of the question. To get either one in a size gun that would fit her, the recoil would be like shooting a 300 ultra mag, well maybe not but she would probably only shoot it once. Kids tend to not want to shoot with bruised shoulders and half moon scars above their eyes. Also for kids the short actions are more desirable than the long.
I've seen antelope shot with about everything from .243 to .378 weatherby mag anything in between those will kill an antelope just as dead as the others.
Here's a good recoil chart, most were done with 8lb rifles so you'll have to take a leap when figuring what it'll be in a 6 lb rifle with 16" to 20" barrel. RECOIL