Guess I'm an oddball. I have had a 10/22 and honestly didn't care for it too much. Recently got a Savage Mark IIG and love it. Tons more accurate than a factory 10/22 at least the one I had which was also new, and prefer bolt rifles anyhow. Only downside to it is that the ten round mags dig into your shoulder when slung, other than that absolutely love it.
Sweeper is Right. A Ruger 10/22 Long Rifle either in wood or synthetic is a great option. Also for less money Savage makes a good .22 Rifle. If you want a pistol go with a Walther P22 Semi-Automatic or a Ruger .22 Cowboy style Revolver. Although Smith & Wesson makes a nice .22 Revolver as well!