Stainless Tikka all day. Swap the recoil pad for a Limbsaver. All of my Tikkas are phenomenal shooters and easy to load for.
For deer the 7mm-08 is a great substitute for the 308. I have personally had both Tikka in 7mm-08 and 308, I can tell you that the 7mm-08 is much better to shoot and will definitely drop a deer. Great lightweight gun and you will able to carry it anywhere very easily. I'm not excluding other species, but he did say it was for deer and paper!