Wait a minute.... I'm on a gun related forum... OP is asking about an inexpensive 22 plinker, and nobody mentions a Marlin 60.
I know he didn't list it as an option, but I would fell like I failed my fellow xdtalk members if I didn't recommend the M60.
For the money, you WILL NOT find a more accurate, dependable, and durable 22. Without a doubt the most accurate. There has been more M60 rifles sold in this country than any other rifle out there.
Now having said that, if you want something to customize, then go with the 10/22.
But if you mention 22 and inexpensive in the same question, I have to bring up the M60.
good - great. Youll be able to hit any critter you want with it, you can kill chipmunks at great distance, squirrels ... i think out of the box the marlin and the 10/22 are both neat guns. Sure you can do tons to it, does it need it naah not really, its fun to mod stuff and cut your groups in half, but your groups are already miniscule to begin with.I actually picked up the 10/22 yesterday, but thanks for the suggestion. I wanted something I could customize over time, so the 10/22 fit the bill. What are your thoughts on the 10/22's accuracy out of the box?
good - great. Youll be able to hit any critter you want with it, you can kill chipmunks at great distance, squirrels ... i think out of the box the marlin and the 10/22 are both neat guns. Sure you can do tons to it, does it need it naah not really, its fun to mod stuff and cut your groups in half, but your groups are already miniscule to begin with.
I would rather have another ar15 than a $850-$1000 .22 lr, but thats just me.
Might go shoot it a number of times before you mod the crap outta it, you might love it just the way it is, not crazy to put on decent scope and trigger job and call it a day.
Of course if the money is burning a hole in your pocket do what ever makes you happy.
If the stock barrel accuracy turns out to be as you say, I may just keep it. I will probably get a black hogue stock for durability reasons.Of all the 10/22's I have owned and built for others, out-of-the-box accuracy was not much worse at 25 yards with the stock factory barrel as compared to the Volquartsen, Shilen and other barrels I have used. You should be able to shoot just about anything you want within 50 yards with the stock barrel, sights, etc. The biggest hurdle is the crappy, heavy and generally poor trigger in the 10/22. If you don't do anything else to it for a while, I'd at least do a trigger job. Volquartsen has a couple of options: 1) the HP Action/Trigger kit (2.5lb, crisp, clean pull after installing the parts - $125-130); and 2) THE TG2000 complete drop-in trigger group ($225-250).