Bi-Mart has their Ruger 10/22's on sale real cheap, $180 for blued or $200 for stainless, both with synthetic stocks. BUT... "Synthetic" is the operative word here. What the heck has happened to that gun? The barrel band and mag lever are now plastic doo-dads too, along with the trigger guard. They've bead-blasted the stainless barrel so that it matches the grey plastic parts, and it's a clever disguise, but... I couldn't do it, no matter how good the price looks, the gun is just too fugly. I paid $300 for a stainless/synthetic 10/22 a few years back when I was in Kalifornica, and thought I was robbed at the time. But the next year they switched to the plastic trigger guard, and now I feel LUCKY. All in all, it makes no marketing sense to me. If you want a cheap, reliable .22LR rifle, then get the Marlin 795 for half as much. But if you want one that you'd be proud to hand off to your grandkids, then if you're like me you'll pay extra and get extra. What's up with this "race to the bottom" in so many products? Flashlights, radios, shoes, and now guns: cheap is all that matters. "Race to the landfill" is more like it.