Yeah I hear ya a model 94 is a good bush gun though. As for cal. I think a .308 will do (7mm-08 is a good round I just prefer the ole 308)...... if you want even less recoil a .243 win is the ticket (I used to own one in rem. model 7. By far the most accurate gun I ever owned , it was bought from a gunsmith and he had switched out the trigger , bedded it ect. , stupid "young me" I sold it. Worst sale EVER!! Still kicking myself)Hope I helpped , even a bit!!