My Marlin model 60, inherited from my father is a tack-driver. - I think he paid 60 something bucks for it back in the early 80's at Wal-Mart.
It has a Leupold 2-7 rimfire scope on it that cost enough to buy at least three, maybe four of these rifles. Sights on the barrel were removed, with the rear sight slot and front sight screw hole plugged.
The rifle is deadly accurate with decent ammo, and OK with the cheap stuff.
Since I scoped this rifle, I haven't been able to justify buying any more .22lr rifles. - This one does anything that I could possibly ask of a 22.
Without the open sights and slicked up with Renaissance Wax, it's a decent looking gun too. I have made several difficult shots with this gun that are legendary within my family. - I feel absolutely confident with this gun.
Normally the scope stays at 4x, but there have been occasions for it to be cranked up or down. In my opinion, this is the best all-around .22 scope to be had. I use Leupold vertically split rings in gloss, they work really well and when you tighten them, it does not rotate the scope.
Maybe one day I'll buy a nice Boyds stock for it - but then again, maybe not. The factory stock looked a lot better after being waxed. It fits me pretty good too, so it might be better not to fix what ain't broke.
Yes, I have owned several 10-22's and no, I do not think that they are better than the Marlin.
I use dry-moly lube internally. It does not combine with combustion products to create mud. Oiling the internal parts to any .22 semi-auto is the best way that I know of to get it to screw up.