I thought I'd just stick a couple of pictures in (I always enjoy seeing pics here!) of a couple of my favorite mediums. I am normally a walnut/blue type of guy, but also do appreciate the good points of SS as well. I do, however, prefer SS and wood, laminate or Walnut. Two M77 Hawkeyes here, one in .338 Fed with sealed walnut stock and one in .358 Win in a Boyd's Laminate stock.
Both are great cartridges capable of everything but big bears, IMHO. The .338 Fed is likely the better choice for a non-handloader and the .358 would work just great for someone who handloads or who doesn't mind pricey ammo. Both work well and for me I way prefer either for deer-sized game and up over .270, .308, 30/06, etc. Simply my opinion, of course.