Relatively good price, lever action .22 LR Henry rifles are plain, old fashioned fun! They are pretty much immune to some stupid gun laws, have high cap tubular magazines and are dependable. All for about the price of a Ruger 10/22 ( depending on your location).
Not really surprised that anyone's suggested it yet, but there's always the Mossberg 702 plinkster. I picked mine up here in Canada for about 189.00 after tax and stuff, it'll more then likely be closer to $100.00 down your way though since everything seems to be a lot cheaper down south.
Pending on who you talk to, their pretty accurate and fun for the price. I've been able to hit a pipe a bit smaller then center mass from 100yards away and then able to hit a steel drum from 218yards both while zero'd at 25yards. I've also been able to hit pennies, quarters, nickels and cherry tomatoes from 25yards.
Only "problems" I have with it are that there's no sling mounts on it at all and I've yet to find any aftermarket stocks for them. The other "problem" is that (as far as I can tell) you can only buy 10round magazines. Other then that, I love it.
can't go wrong with a marlin M60 or M795, or even the ruger 10/22.
go with the marlin if you want just a rifle to take out and shoot and at most, put a decent scope on. they are very accurate out of the box. downside is, there isn't a lot of aftermarket parts out there for them.
if you want one to customize and tinker on, go with the ruger. lots of aftermarket parts to customize into pretty much any style you want. they are pretty accurate and reliable too.
Interesting in that there was almost five years on the bump.
I have two .22lr rifles. An Armalite AR-7 (Now produced by Henry I think), and a Savage MK-IIF. The AR-7 is a semi-auto and not used much. In fact, I need to repair it. The Savage is used relatively frequently and is a bolt action.