While looking for a plinking/practice and sometimes field gun, the Savage rimfires rose to the top of the list. The issue became which model would suit me best. After a lot of research, some basic math, and a gut feel, I bought a .22lr MkII FSS. This is a stainless and synthetic gun. After figuring how much I would like to use it for practice, and the cost of ammo, the scope was paid for with the difference in ammo expense.
The .17 cal rounds are excellent field guns. Accurate beyond rimfire standards. For me the .22 fit better. The gun is incredibly accurate (there is a $40 Simmons scope on it,) with good ammo. It is 'hunting accurate' with nearly any ammo.
I have right at $260 in this rifle. Three new shooters have used it to gain an understanding of firearms safety, basic shooting skills, and range etiquette. For that alone, it was worth the money.
The Savage rimfires are great deal. Caliber probably won't matter for accuracy.