As far as caliber goes the 308 is perfect. Deliberations beyond that are entirely theoretical.
Will not go wrong with a Remington Model 700. For deer hunting there is doubtfully any measured advantage to the multitude of other choices.
I personally like wood.... although many will argue that synthetic/camo etc is more practical for hunting. Regardless, I still enjoy a rifle that looks good and frankly the synthetics have no visual appeal to me what so ever.
Finally, as has been mentioned on this forum many times, don't skimp on the optics. As Karl says, for $1000 you could have it all, as quality scopes these days are very affordable - $150-300.
Good luck. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are subtly beginning to turn.... the season is upon us!