I didn't want to spend over $600 for a stainless steel J-framed S&W .22 plinker either.
In stead I spent $350 for a 2" stainless steel Taurus M-94.
It's a keeper.
It holds 9 vs. 8 rounds, is corrosive resistant, has adjustable sights and a red ramped front sight.
The double action triggers on all .22 revolvers are heavy for reliability reasons with rimfire ammo.
I smoothed and lightened mine up by polishing the mainspring strut with "Mothers mag polish", then installing a "Wolff" main spring.