Surfing a bit this morning over coffee, I found this article at the American Hunter on low recoil hunting rounds. Of the list, I have some experience with three of these rounds. I agree with the author in his evaluation of the rounds I know.
.30-30 Winchester. Once considered a whiz-bang flat-shooting cartridge, in the late 1800s, it was soon eclipsed by other cartridges. Even so, it continued to serve American hunters. Pushing a 170-grain bullet to 2200 fps, it was the cartridge against which all others were measured. It was chambered in light lever rifles like the 94 Winchester and the Marlin 336. I still have a couple of .30-30 carbines. My youngest grandson hunts with one I gave to his Dad many decades ago.
7mm-08 Remington. In 1980, Remington standardized a wildcat cartridge that was a favorite of the metallic silhouette game. It was a 7mm bull3t stuffed into a necked-down .308 Wim case. I owned one in the late 80s in a Remington Model 7. Fantastically accurate, very manageable recoil, For some reason, that barrel like the 139 grain Core-Lokt bullet, so that is what I fed it. I lost that rifle during a divorce and I still mourn for it.
,25-06 Remington. Wildcatted by Adolph Neidner in the 1920s, it was not standardized until 1969. It's a necked-down .30-06 and pushes a .25 caliber bullet. My load pushes a 117-grain bullet to 3000 fps. I have called the .25-06 the best cartridge in North America for medium game, and I still believe that. Every rifle I have shot in this caliber is capable of MOA accuracy if the nut behind the trigger is does his part. My family has four of these rifles, two Savages and two Ruger 77s. It's a great cartridge and certainly deserves to be in this list.
6mm Creedmoor. A relative newcomer, it is necked down from its larger brother, the 6.5 Creedmoor. I have no experience with this cartridge, but from looking at the ballistic charts, I have no idea what this one would do that the .243 wouldn't do. The answer might lie in barrel twist. The Creedmoor uses a 1:7 twist while my old .243 has a 1:10. The Creedmoor will stabilize heaver bullets. Out past 300 yards that may help, but I won't shoot at fur over 300 yards.
.350 Legend. I don't know what Winchester thought it was doing when it blew out a .223 case and fit a 9mm bullet to it. It was designed for those states that don't allow bottleneck cartridges for hunting. It shoots a light-for-caliber 9mm bullet at 2200 fps which seems rather anemic. Until you look at the .30-30 Win. It will fit in an AR platform, which has a certain appeal. It would also make a dandy ultralight bolt action with a low power scope, for stalking the woods and brushy lanes around my home range. I admit I want one but have so far resisted the urge.