JEESH !! My manhood just lost 10 points..I`m takin the `06.
Call me a whimp, but I don't tolerate recoil well either.
During The Hunt, I doubt that you will even feel the recoil.
When I was much younger, I truly loved recoil. The more the better.
On the other hand, I'm 66 now and don't like recoil at all. Sold my '06 several years ago for just that reason. Plus the fact that it had an 8# trigger pull and was an older Remington 760 with the steel butt plate didn't make it anymore desirable. Although it was very accurate (after mastering the trigger pull), it just wasn't fun to shoot.
As for Trap & Skeet, I had to abandon 12 ga. singles & O/Us because the recoil caused me to flinch. I now have a 20 ga. O/U and a 12 ga. semi-auto Beretta.
The only center fire rifle that I currently own is the Marlin 30-30. The recoil of the Marlin 35 Rem. (sold earlier this year) was tolerable but I wouldn't want anything heavier. IF I was looking for a long range large game rifle, the 7mm - 08 would be my choice. A PH friend of mine from another forum believes the 7mm-08 is adequate for Elk.
Don't ask me why, but the .284 bullet seems to have excellent terminal performance on large game. And with bullet weight up to 175 gr., looks like a winner to me.