As mentioned bullet construction and placement are key. The .260, 7-08, and .308 would work well, with bullets having a SD of .250-.280, give or take a couple points. I prefer the bullet to exit. Nosler Partitions or Barnes TSX would be my choice. One thing about recoil. I was shooting a 30-40 AI with 165's near max. and the factory rubber grip. The grip, even though it had some give was too narrow in the palm and web. Went and bought a Boyds. It was alil too large for my hand. Took the dremel to it made more of a custom fit. Made all the difference in accuracy, and if felt recoil. Brakes are nice in some situations, and almost mandatory in some loads. But I prefer to hunt without, if at all possible.