For less recoil I would have to say 3 different cal will give you what you want the .243 is first very low recoil and great accuracy the 25-06 and the .270 are also great choices if I had to choose though I would buy a 25-06.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...