My 10/22 never malfunctioned. I've fired plenty of HV and match and never had an issue. I use Butler Creek Steel Lips and Ruger factory magazines.Ruger 10/22? I have two of them, and I wouldn't recommend one to an enemy. Jammingest little bastards I've ever owned. A gun shouldn't need to be tweaked and tinkered with to make it run reliably. A .22 for fun is a good idea, but I'd steer you away from the 10/22. JMHO.
ally, unless you plan to modify it, Marlin's equivalents to a 10/22 are much nicer rifles for much less money. Just my opinion.