Well, I've used a bunch of calibers to collect venison, all worked well (obviously). But, one thing I learned is that there's no free ride. If you want to shoot a .308 cal 165 gr bullet 2700 fps from an 8lb rifle, it doesn't matter if it's a .308, 30/06 or .300WM, it will recoil the same. The idea that one is better, recoil-wise, when looking at like performance simply isn't correct, IMO.
A .308 can feel lower in recoil, if fired at lower velocity, from a similar gun, from a heavier gun, or perhaps from a better designed stock. But in like rifles, with the same velocity, recoil will be virtually the same. Certainly nothing wrong with the fine .308 or it's extended family of cartridges. I own and shoot most all of them myself and my two largest whitetails were taken with a .308. But, it's simply foolish, IMO, to say flatly that it shoots as fast and recoils less
I own, several .308s and also several 30/06s and depending on rifle and load, one will recoil more than the other, but it can also be the .308 recoiling more than the '06. A perfect example is my Ruger 77 RSI shooting 180s, as it's recoil is definitely noticeable...lol
More worms for the can! ,)