My Winchester Ranger (poor mans model 70) in 30-06 works just fine for me. I can shoot it comfortably with most loads. For competition I poured # 7 1/2 shot into a hole I bored in the butt. For hunting I took the shot out.
Here in Arkansas I downloaded slightly for deer hunting. I also have some heavy loads with heavy bullets. Those do get uncomfortable for me to shoot. I'm not very big. So hopefully this will be a good guide for others.