10/22 all the way. I've got two of them, one I converted to 17MII. I talked my friend into buying one this year even though he was worried about the price as well. If you keep your eyes peeled you should be able to find a good used one for $180-$200. I remember when new ones were $150....should have bought a few more.
Anyway, they're fun to shoot, plenty accurate enough for plinking in stock configuration and if ever you should decide to make a tack driver out of it there are almost as many accessories availlablel as AR-15's
I've also got a Remington Nylon66, another older remington semi-auto with the tube fed magazine, a Remington fieldmaster pump 22 and an old bolt action Marlin. They hardly ever get used.
The best thing about the tube fed magazine rifles is if you want to shoot 22 shorts or CB's. 21 shorts will fit in my Rem pump. The semi-autos are single shots with the shorties.