Ok, I have a friend who is looking for a nice .22 LR rifle... he wants accuracy and dependability. His shooting skills are plenty good enough to appreciate a quality rifle and take advantage of a low minute of angle gun. We went to sportsmans the other night to look at a couple of .22 rifles and walked away with a question: to bolt or not to bolt? We saw the heavy target barreled Ruger 10/22 and we also saw a ruger bolt action (model eludes me at the moment and my notebook is not here with me at the moment) I do remember the price difference: Bolt was around $700, the 10/22 was around $400 (stainless target barrel). Anyhow, I really want to know just how much more accurate the bolt action would be (I own a marlin .22 Bolt action and can't see any reason for the 10/22 myself), and if the 10/22 will have any problems with reliability that the bolt would not.
Final note, he is looking for something that is good for precise target work, but can still be taken in the field hunting, no fancy target rifles, only good quality workhorses.
Any comments and suggestions - MUCH appreciated!