Yeah I checked them out but that's more than I want to shell out for sub caliber riffle. I basically was looking to get something for the wife to have to compliment my AR. I have seen a. 22 Cal calico for $600 that I was eyeing.
My choice for a plinker would be the S&W. I bought one several years ago ($425) and love it. The only problem you may have is finding one and getting it for a decent price. Like everything else "black", they have disappeared from the shelves and jumped up in price since the Newtown shooting. I've seen a few on the web selling for $600. You could get them for $400-$450 a few months ago and they where sold at almost all gun shops and sporting goods stores.