I recently faced the same decision. I ended up with a Marlin XT 22MR. I would have liked one with a wood stock. But I settled for a synthetic stock after searching for 7 months. Another reason I settled on the Marlin is it had iron sights on it. I am sorry to bring the news to gun makers but I will never own a rifle that does not have iron sights. Scopes break, fog up and if you treat the gun rough they are not very accurate.