I've currently got a 10/22 carbine, the cheapest model. It's a wonderful little rifle. But, before you run off and get one, take a careful look at the Marlin 60.
There's been a "bazillion" of these things built over the years, and they've always worked marvelously. I've also got one of them which I wouldn't trade for anything. Had it for years. Most of them are really accurate, and they usually are a little cheaper than the Ruger. Granted, there aren't near as many updating, changing, modifying accesories available, as there are for the 10/22. But, most of us don't do those things anyway. The only modfication that I've ever done to my 10/22 was to put one of those magazine release levers on it. The mag was pain in the butt to get out. I haven't found anything that I really needed to do to the 60.
Just thought I'd give you another avenue. Not saying don't buy the 10/22. Just saying, take a look at both.