A fellow just asked about the 25-06 or 243 for his girlfriend. Got me to thinking again about the cartridges we've pretty much lost in this class that would work really well. Probally better than the 243 or 25-06.
How about the 250-3000 Savage and the 257 Roberts. Then it seems the 260 Rem is on the way out for all but handloaders. There are also several small case European 6.5's that would make wonderful starter cartridges, in fact are wonderful cartridges in their own right but American's don't want much that goes less than 3000fps.
Then people like this show up, what's to offer that is truely friendly to shoot? The 243 is about it and it's a bit short on bullets. The 25-06 is a wonderful and we all know it's nice to shoot but, concider you haven't shot much befor or at all and the 25-06 is the first thing you try. Boy can it make some noise! And if you tried to put it into a nice little carbine with a 20" barrel like maybe a 6.5x52 Carcano or even a 6.5x54 M-S and the muzzle blast would be awful. Somrtimes I think we are our own worst enemy.