The 10-22 rifle is more reliable IMO, because it uses a flush fit rotary magazine. It is better protected from getting banged up vs a tube loader, or a magazine that protrudes from the bottom of a given rifle. Faster and easier to reload, (especially if you have a few extra 10-22 mags) and while using only one hand, and/or on the move.
With all the aftermarket doodads out there for the 10-22, a body can turn it into thier own little version of what they feel a 22 rifle should offer. anything from a competion rifle to an "M14 training rifle"....(my next 10-22 project), and whatever they can imagine. The king of versatility.
If I still owned a Marlin 60, 597, AR7, etc..... I would trade it straight across for a bone stock 10-22 any day of the week, including Sunday. (Preferably one with a plastic trigger group, so that I can put it to the test myself.) If it turns out to be a lemon, a replacement can easily be located.
I keep putting my M14 training rifle project off because I would rather spend that money on more ammo...
Both of these bone stock 10-22 's will eat just about any kind of 22lr offerings out there, and are plenty accurate for what their intended purpose is..in my own little arsenal.
Since your milage may vary, see if you can get your mitts on both of um, and go out and shoot some rounds down range for yourself. Which rifle feels more comfortable in your hands, and which rifle do YOU shoot better with?