Muzzle blast is a bigger part of perceived recoil than most people realize. For that reason, I would not suggest the 25-06. Its a great deer round and shoots flat and that big case allows alot of powder to push that .25 bullet at warp speed but it also makes a big flash. I prefer the 243 for the kids as its a little less recoil than the other 2. I even shot a decent buck this year with a 243. If you reload, go with the 260 as its just a cool round. Flat shooting, a little heavier bullets than the other 2 and like the 243, is a short action round so you dont have to have a long action. I assume a short action could help make a rifle a little easier for small frames like women and children to maneuver. If you dont reload, go 243, it has much better availability at walmart, and its a great deer killer out to 200 yards or more.