Please help! I currently own a Parker Hale 303. She is a beaut and has sentimental value. Have not hunted much with her as im so scared I damage the rose wood stock. Im looking at a 2nd caliber (hunting work horse) to use. Im gonna be hunting duiker, bushbuck, kudu, warthog and bush pig mainly. Terrain is open with lots of thickets we will be having to walk through. Im stuck between choosing a 308, 30-06 /7x64. Pro for 30-06 is the versitile loads but con is recoil. I like a 243 due to little recoil but afraid of meat damage at close ranges. Please share your experience and wisdom in helping me decide. Ps I will be handloading mostly and looking at a Howa with synthetic stock.