I have just sold my old Marlin Model 60. It has been a great gun but was having feed issues. Sold it to an older gentleman who wanted it as a project gun. Now I have funds for a new plinker. I was leaning toward a Ruger 10-22 but when I googled some options last night after selling the rifle; I was shocked at how many people were not satisfied with a 10-22 out of the box. So I thought I would come here and get your thoughts as this group has always shown considerable insight. I'm thinking along the lines of a semi automatic .22lr under $400. What would your recommendations be OR what is your experience with a 10-22 (any particiular models better than others?)?