My marlin 60 will shoot circles around my dad's 10/22 both rifles are stock other than some internal polishing, my Winchester 190 is pretty accurate as well and will eat anything you can feed it even under rapid fire action, hardly ever hiccups!Depending your how deep your pockets are..... here are my choices in order
Marlin 60, better out of the box than the Ruger(I have 8 marlins)
Kel Tec SU22, I cannot say enough about mine. But will cost you if you can find one. Eats all ammo....
S&W MP22, like the kel tec...
Mossberg 702 Plinkster
OK based on that, I'd STILL get the 10/22 lol. You would have money left over for optics, and the 10/22 has more aftermarket accessories than all other .22lr's combined.A lot of folks are mentioning rifles that cost MORE THAN a 10/22.
How much do you have to spend? A new 10/22 can be got for $275. Used are hard to find because nobody gets rid of them.
leave the cannoli - take the gun
I would not want to spend much more than about $500, as I am on a budget. I guess I should have phrased the question as the top 5 choices that are equivalent in price and quality. What would your suggestions be?