I would suggest-
Go to a local range and strike up a conversation with some shooters using both.
Carry a box of ammo and explain your problem. I believe they would be willing to let you shoot both and see what you like. I also know for a fact that unless it is 100 degrees outside already, that you are not going to heat up a .22 barrel to the point where it is "hot". Magazines are definitely more of a pain to load. Most pistol mags will accept various types of speed loaders, but I don't know of any for a rifle magazine (accept some of the AR types or duded up 10/22s made to look like ARs that hold 20-30 rounds or so).
As noted, folks have preferences one over the other both ways. My bolt actions are all magazine fed. And I do carry extra mags if I am hunting. At the range, a quick reload is not an issue and I will either reload the mag, or just firing single shot.
Just to throw you another option, take a look at the Henry H001 lever action. You should be able to find one new for $250 or so. Super smooth action, accurate, more fun to shoot than a barrel of monkeys, and Henry has a warranty and customer service policy that is unbeatable. I have friends that have the AR look alikes, but they are not really trying to have a weapon that is good for hunting, just shooting a lot of ammo. Some may be accurate enough for squirrels and rabbits, I just haven't seen any used for that, or know of anyone that also hunts with theirs.
From all your responses, I think you would be more pleased with the tube fed.
JMHO, but get one or the other and go shoot! And get the wife with you, she will have fun as well. After all, the family that shoots together, stays together. DF
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Last edited by tigerbeetle; 12-13-2010 at 01:12 PM.