Thanks for the input everyone! I think I'll be going with a savage mark II (was between that and the Marlin XT-22). I'm new to firearms so I am having difficulty deciding between the various models of the mark II. For example, what's the difference between the F and FV? On the savage site, it mentions that the F is "drilled and tapped for scope mounts, open sights" while the FV has "none." What does this mean? Is a scope _required_ for the FV since there are no sights on it? Can it accept a scope as well? Sorry for the amateur questions...
Also, while I'm on the subject of scopes, which would be a good budget scope to add? I'd want to spend around $50. It would be primarily for range shooting with the possibility of small game hunting in the future.