Having owned and loved both the .308 and the -06, I've come to appreciate the subtle but important differences offered by the various 7mm's. I also appreciate the 6.5mm's, especially the .264 Win Mag and the .260.
I seldom buy factory ammunition, so cost of commercial ammo isn't a factor for me.
When hunting game, recoil during the actual kill shot goes virtually unnoticed. When shooting paper from a bench, mind over matter is important - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter ;-)
I favor two particular cartridges for both hunting as well as paper, the 7mm Remington Mag and the 7mm STW. Both are extremely flat shooting rounds as well as very effective game stoppers.
But with all that said, folks, I'm having more fun
than you can swing a dead cat at with my 300 AAC Blackout on a CMMG lower.
So, my experience over the last 66 years is that a person needs to enjoy what he does or he needs to move on. I found I didn't enjoy paying high prices for factory ammunition when I could handload equal or better ammo myself, select virtually any projectile made, place it in my choice of case, over my choice of powder, at my choice of velocity and trajectory, and at a considerable reduction in cost. And I've never regretted the decision.
So, shoot 'em all, enjoy 'em all. Life is too short to shoot ugly guns or bad ammo...