Your Wal-Mart may have a 10-22 for about $230. Scheels and Cabelas about the same price.
Can't go wrong with that choice and a thousand ways to customize one. I have 3, all different.
I also like the Colt .22 , looks like an AR. 30 rd mags. Have one, yet to shoot that. I am told they shoot nice. The Colt will set you back more than twice what a stock Ruger 10-22 will