For semi-auto 10/22 is THE rifle to have for all of the reasons you have read here.
I do really like Savage, though. I love my Mark II bolt-action for hunting.
I just use my 10/22 for lots of fun plinking. If I am going to do actual work, I pull out my Savage. The Mark II, though is a lot more expensive than you model you're talking about and a little more than the 10/22.
.45acp, .40 S&W, 9mm, .38 Spl, .380 acp, 22lr
12 gauge, .223/5.56x45mm, 30-30 Winchester
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