I am looking to buy the kids their own gun this year. Presently they both shoot the same .243 but are looking for something a tab bit bigger to eventually use on different game than white tails. I am partial to the .270 but my mind tells me 7mm-08 due to less kick and short action. The gun will not have over a 22" barrel and will be 6-7# rifle with scope. I do not want it ported but will think about a after market recoil pad if needed to lessen the kick. Anyone had the dilemma before? And yes I do tend to overthink these type of things. Tanxs ahead of time.