I was just looking on Gunbroker and the Marlins are going from $125 to $180 in most cases. It would be an inexpensive way to start and you might never want anything else. It won't customize like a 10/22 but if you are not interested in all that and don't mind a 14 shot tube over removable mags then it might be the shooter you want. I am tempted just because of the price alone and the rep it seems to have with those who have owned them.
Colt M1911, AR-15 | S&W Model 19, Model 27| SIG P238 | Berreta 85B Cheetah | Ruger Blackhawk .357MAG, Bearcat "Shopkeeper" .22LR| Remington Marine Magnum SP 12GA., Model 700 SPS .223