proven fact the 308 does everything the 06 does just alittle better with considerably less recoil
I'm curious... Who "proved" that? Given the same bullet weights, the 06 shoots a little faster, hits a little harder, and has a flatter trajectory. So, how is it that the .308 is doing "everything" a little better? And, "considerably less recoil"? With 150 gr bullets, the .308 recoils at 15.8 ft lbs compared to the .30-06's 17.6 ft lbs. The 7mm-08 with 140 gr. bullets recoils at 12.6 ft lbs. (and, with a much better ballistic coefficient, shoots flatter and hits harder beyond 200 yards than either the .308 or the .30-06).
If you want a new rifle with an excellent mild recoiling cartridge, the 7mm-08 is tough to beat.
If you're on a limited budget, I tend to agree, however, with the guys saying to just use the managed recoil rounds...