25-06 or 7mm-08
Flat shooting, low recoil, plenty enough power for any range that 99% of hunters can make the shot.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.