The Marlin 60 is a nice little rifle, but personally I think they're as ugly as a tomato stick. Same goes pretty much for the basic 10/22 carbine too. BUT, if you spend a few bucks more and upgrade to the DSP (DeLux Sporter) Ruger 10/22, a used one is even better, you have a really nice looking little rifle that will shoot well enough out of the box for what you're talking about. Then later if you want to, you can pour money into it, like a sailor on leave. I've never felt the need for anything more than a scope and a sling on mine.