Re: Best .22lr bang for the buck?
The Rugers are fine but you can't find a better out of the box shooter than a Marlin M60. They are VERY accurate and functional as well as a great buy. I've owned/own two of them and never had a problem. Best auto I've owned, and not just for the economy either. Check them out. You;ll be amazed and will find they're better than rifles costing much, much more. If you like a magazine fed rifle look at their model 795 or 795SS. Also great shooters and inexpensive. Same goes for the Marlin bolt actions. I own several of them as well and you'll find it very difficult indeed to find a better shooting rifle out of the box for this low price. Absolutely great shooters!
As for the Marlin 39 lever action 22LR's ... well they're hard to beat also. They're not cheap initially but they'll last forever. Your great grand kids will be shooting them. Beautiful rifle and a top shooter. Look at Marlin's site.