Back in my early to mid-teens -- seems like half a century ago -- very soon after the 10/22 was introduced, my parents finally said I could get a .22 (LR). That was after a BB rifle at 7, a pellet rifle at 9, my first shotgun (20 ga) at 11 or 12. I safely handled all of those without harming anyone or anything except small mammals and birds that -- along with the fish I caught in local lakes -- helped our dirt poor family stay alive.
So I researched .22 rifles (as best I could in magazines; not the ones that fit into rifles, but the paper ones; that was WAY, WAY, WAY before the Internet existed).
My choices boiled down to the new Ruger 10/22 or the Remington Nylon 66. I chose the 66 because it had that super-lightweight nylon stock (most of us back then were still saying, what is nylon, again?
) and a skinny fore end. Tubular mag was a pain, but it fed well and brought home tree rats.
At the same time, my friend Mike bought the 10/22 in wood, the only way it came then. He was at least as effective with it as I was with the 66.
I no longer own the 66. Sold it decades ago. It's no longer produced.
I'm just now about to purchase my first 10/22.
Better late than never, they say. Color me ... eager.