neither .223 or 22-250 aqre close to a 10/22, so when i said varmint plinker i meant something capable of long range (.223 .204 22-250 6mm ect ect.) im aware that i could go out back and 'plink' a squirrel with a Daisy air rifle, but thats not the type of plinking i meant. sorry for the confusion. if you have an offer for me, .17hmr is about as low in calibur ill go, just because i like the umph of those little bullets. and yes, definitely looking for bolt action.