I currently shoot a Marlin 30/30. I love the gun personally but where I am about to hunt I will need to be taking shot to about 150-200 yards. From everything I read the 30/30 is good till about 125 yards or so before it starts to peter out.
I'm looking for a caliber that is low on recoil, Compact gun (that is why I love the 30/30, Able to take a whitetail at 200+ yards and not overpowered where I will ruin most of the meat) I've tried a 30.06 and hate the caliber (My father tells me I'm crazy but it's too much for me as my shoulder can't take it, I'm a big guy but have a shoulder injury from the military and that 30.06 kills me).
I've heard the .257, 270 and the .243 options but I don't know a lot about the caliber and never shot it so wouldn't know how the recoil is.
Any info/advice would be appreciated. Oh yeah and also ammo price would be an issue if I get an off caliber I love but the bullets are costing me $5 a shot for target practice. Maybe my caliber isn't made yet (22 comes to mind!!!) lol.